And regarding eye contact: this is a key factor for engagement in the US, not so much in some Asian countries. One size doesn't fit all!
If you're not, you'll struggle to believe it and it may backfire, as the scared part of you fights the whole idea! For example: "But I'm not better than my audience!! And they won't admire me!!"
What do you think of this concept?
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I have a Master's degree in Piano Performance. I'm also a certified trainer, with my TAE40110 Cert. IV in Training and Assessment.
- The Royal Northern College of MusicMusic, 1983 - 1990
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