Last night I heard one of the more inspiring speeches I remember hearing in a very long time. Not only were the words this lady spoke moving, but also the way in which she presented them was impressive.
I took many notes, just because one day I too want to be a speaker that people go home and write about. When reviewing my notes, I came to the conclusion that her content was okay, nothing really that special, but it was her confidence that really drove the message home. I then thought about some confident people I know and it struck me that confidence and success go hand in hand, and confidence is shown and cultivated through the ability to make eye contact and maintain eye contact.
It seems really simple, so I started to do some research on the benefits of making a more conscious effort to make eye contact. It turns out that there really is something about looking someone in the eye and confidently telling them what you do and what you know. People listen and pay attention more. Confident people look up, they know who they are and they are not afraid to be themselves.
Furthermore, eye contact establishes a connection. Whether you are engaged in casual conversation or delivering a presentation on you ideas, practicing the habit of making eye contact just may give you the competitive advantage you need.