Eye Contact at Work

    There are a number of messages your eyes can send at work

Colleagues who seek eye contact when speaking are seen by us as being more confident, believable and earnest

People that make eye contact as they make a request, such as,"Can you get this to me by Friday?" are more likely to have their request fulfilled.
In greeting with a handshake the average eye contact time should last no more than 3.2 seconds.  If you look longer you can be seen as powerful and if you narrow your eyes and glare you can be seen as aggressive or angry. 

You want to be careful not to roll your eyes in frustration or contempt, or rubbing your eyes that can show a lack of comfort, stress or even be an indication you are lying and you want to symbolically rub away the stress.

Patti Wood, MA - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at www.PattiWood.net. Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at www.snapfirstimpressions.com.