It is a known fact that an impeccable personality, good dressing sense, and impactful voice attracts all. But when we speak with someone or are giving a presentation, we need to connect with the person(s) sitting in front of us. And to connect with our audience, making eye contact is necessary. It can change the way people think about you. In this post, we will talk about the importance of eye contact and will give you some tips on how to make eye contact properly while communicating with someone.
Making good eye contact is no doubt difficult for many, but it is extremely important for good communication. Find out why!
Now we know about the benefits of eye contact, so the next thing that comes up to our mind is how to make eye contact correctly while speaking. Read on the following five tips to help you make eye contact while communicating with people:
Before you even begin discussing the subject matter, pause for a second and make eye contact with the person. If you are addressing a group of people, then scan the audience and try to make eye contact with each of them. Making eye contact even for just five seconds with each person will help you connect with them better.
Continuous eye contact can be misunderstood for staring. To avoid that misunderstanding, maintain eye contact for 50% of the time while you are speaking and 70% of the time while listening. It will show your interest in the subject matter and you will exhibit confidence.
Maintain the eye contact for at least 4-5 seconds at a stretch before looking somewhere else. Also, be careful while looking away. if you look away too fast, then it can be mistaken as a sign of nervousness or shyness. You can glance sideways before resuming the eye contact.
It may seem weird at first, but regular practise will help improve your eye contact while speaking with someone.
At many occasions, eye contact may make other people feel vulnerable and disrespectful. In many countries, looking in the eye while communicating with an older adult is a sign of disrespect. So avoid looking in the eyes of a person if he or she feels awkward.
Looking directly in the eyes can make you conscious, but it is important and required to make the other person understand your thoughts and message. With practice and experience, you will easily be able to master the art of maintaining eye contact while communicating.
This post was last modified on May 23, 2019 10:22 am
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