Looking directly into someone’s eyes can be really uncomfortable for some people to maintain.
If you’re afflicted with this problem, you know it can be really hard to make new networking contacts or friends in social situations.
In this video, Cool Life Design coach, Jimmy Naraine offers some easy tips on how to maintain the illusion of eye contact to the people you’re talking to, without making them or yourself feel uncomfortable.
The distance between you and the people you employ the “nose” or “forehead” trick is key, as Jimmy touches on. If you’re really up close and personal, the person will definitely know what you’re doing, and may well start feeling self-conscious that they have a zit or something on their nose and forehead.
The real trick is to alternate between actually looking into the eyes, then alternate between the nose, forehead, or in between the eyes when you need a break.
It’s equally important to not force your eyes on people who’re obviously uncomfortable maintaining contact. Try to give them a break and not pass judgment on them too quickly.
If you know someone who could use a little more eye-contact-savvy, share the video with them. This guy really deserves more views to his vids — he’s constantly dropping lot of great (and free) knowledge that can benefit anyone who works in service, marketing, sales, etc.