When I finally walked onto the stage the first thing I did was make eye contact with several people in the audience. I asked the stage managers to bring up the houselights so I could see people. I needed to feel connected. Simply seeing people as people rather than "the audience" reminded me that the challenges that scare me -- like being naked -- scare everyone else. I think that's why empathy can be conveyed without speaking a word -- it just takes looking into someone's eyes and seeing yourself reflected back in an engaged way.
-- Brene Brown, Daring Greatly, p. 41