Sure, eye contact is important. but it’s almost impossible on Zoom.

1) When you look directly at others, you think you’re having good eye contact, but others experience you as looking down.

2) When you look up at your camera (the white dot, usually on top of the screen), you think you’re looking at a silly white dot, but others experience you as looking right at them.

3) When you watch your cat meander across your keyboard, no one cares about eye contact; they’re too busy with the cat.

Solution? Toggle between #1 and #2. (Good eye contact, even when you’re in the same room, is not continuous; go for 3-5 seconds.)

Sometimes I tape a picture of my wife near the camera, as a reminder to look up. My wife looks happy. Probably because she’s not on Zoom . . .

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PAUL HELLMAN consults & speaks internationally on how to make your point—fast, focused, powerful.

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