Have you ever had a conversation with someone and they were staring at their shoes, or up in the sky? They seemed to be looking every where else but at you. How did that make you feel? What conclusions did you draw from their actions?
If you thought that the person was nervous, or shady, or that they were lying or that they lacked confidence you could be right. Eye contact communicates. It tells people many things about you—your job is to determine what you want your eyes to communicate.
What can eye contact tell people?
Effective eye contact can tell people that you:
- You are confident
- You are truthful
- You believe what you are saying
- You feel comfortable
- You respect them