Step 4: Eye Contact!
This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people avoid eye contact upon meeting someone for the first time. When it appears that you are avoiding eye contact, it may appear that you have no interest in meeting them or are overly nervous. If you are in a group, make eye contact with whoever is speaking. When you are speaking, make eye contact with the people you are speaking to.
If are uncomfortable making eye contact, there several strategies for getting comfortable with it. When you’re watching a movie or TV, note the eye color of the people on camera and say the name of the color in your head. When you meet people the next day, do the same thing. This is also a good way to remember names. Another way to overcome your fear is to make eye contact with the other person’s nose.
You should keep in mind that eye contact should also depend on where you are located. In many some cultures, intense eye contact between the same genders is often a symbol of trust and sincerity however, between opposite genders, especially in Muslim cultures, anything more than brief eye contact is considered inappropriate.
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