This video looks at the question: “How and when should I make eye contact in meetings and is it ok to break eye contact sometimes when I have to think?”
It’s not only normal but important and natural to break eye contact sometimes when speaking, thinking or listening. Eye contact is intense, even when pleasant, because it arouses your sympathetic nervous system. If you try to hold it all the time, on a primal level, that’s a sign of aggression!
So the question then becomes— how and when to connect with your audience?
I talk you through a shift in perspective that can help you feel less self-conscious about making eye contact and more curious about who you’re talking to. I also cover some specific scenarios like how to handle eye contact with larger groups, when speaking virtually, or when referencing notes or text in more formal presentation or audition scenarios.
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