Eye contact is an important part of making a good first impression. But if you have a bad habit of looking elsewhere while people talk, some practise can help. You don't even need to leave your couch.
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Taking a moment to notice someone's eye colour is an easy way to build a good eye contact habit. If you're not comfortable practising on real people yet, Nicholas Boothman, author of How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, suggests you practise on your favourite TV characters. Each time a new character comes on screen for a close up, look at their eyes and say the name of the colour in your head. Eventually, you can move the practise on to real people. And before you know it, you'll be making eye contact with people meet automatically.
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less [Amazon via Business Insider]