It’s important to make eye contact when you’re talking to someone, but too much eye contact can be creepy. What’s a socially awkward person to do? Try the 60 per cent rule of thumb.
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OK, you don’t have to be socially awkward. Eye contact can be tricky, and everyone is different. If you avoid eye contact too much, you might be perceived as rude, but too much eye contact makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable. The right amount of eye contact, however, can make you come across as charismatic, which is why Travis Bradberry at Entrepreneur recommends making eye contact for 60 per cent of the conversation.
Are you going to stand around with a timer and quantify this amount during a conversation? I hope not. It’s not a specific rule; it’s more of a ballpark guideline. You want to maintain eye contact a little more than half the time. Keep track casually in your head, and you should find a happy balance between too much and too little eye contact.
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