Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Take the bag off!

What's going on here? Oh, it's just one of our students wearing a bag over her head. Don't worry, she's giving the thumbs-up sign; she doesn't mind. Also, she's learning a great lesson through the use of a simple prop: The importance of eye contact.

Maintaining eye contact can be very difficult for some people. We understand that some people may be unable to do so for a variety of reasons (including extreme shyness, social anxiety, or being on the autism spectrum).

But if you are able to look someone in the eye, do it! 

Maintaining eye contact is one of the ingredients of a good introduction. We say it's an essential component when shaking hands, responding to a teacher or a supervisor, or just having a friendly conversation with someone. (Don't forget to smile every once in a while, too!)

What if you're someone who is able to make eye contact but not maintain it? We have a tip for you: instead of focusing on solely the person's eyes, look at the area that includes the other person's hairline, forehead and eyes. Try not to stare - he or she might think there's something on their face! - but you can "check in" every so often that way and let the other person know you're attentive. 

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