Our reactions to other people's eyes - movement, focus, expression, etc - and their reactions to our eyes - contribute greatly to mutual assessment and understanding, consciously and unconsciously. With no words at all, massive feeling can be conveyed in a single glance.
The metaphor which describes the eyes of two lovers meeting across a crowded room is not only found in old romantic movies. It's based on scientific fact - the strong powers of non-verbal communications.
Street traders know the importance of the eyes when using their selling skills to keep their potential buyers interested. When you are aroused or interested in an object your pupils will dilate and this is a big cue for salesmen all over the world. Also when you are interested in someone sexually your pupils will dilate and you hold the person’s gaze a little longer than normal.
We will use eye contact every day of our lives so it makes sense to learn the best ways to use your eyes to your advantage. Certain situations demand different uses of the eyes. For example if your are arguing it is seen as strong if you can hold your gaze. If you are deferring to someone it is better to lower your eyes, if you are loving someone it is good to stare into the pool of the eyes.
It's vital that you know how to act when you get to a conference, after-hours, meeting or trade show to make the most effective and efficient use of your time ... and to attract those people whom you want to do with business with and add to your network. You may save time and effort with specific messages delivered by eye and facial expression by learning body language -eye contact.
Importance of eye contact:
1) Eye Contact Indicates That You Are Listening: Anyone who is a good listener understands that eye contact is very important to prove that you are listening, especially when it doesn't feel right to say any verbal or to balance out the amount of verbal responses you are giving to the person since a good listener will listen 80% of time and only talk 20% of the time.
2) Eye Contact Indicates That You Both Like Each Other: Most people seek to be liked by others and want reassurance that they are liked. Eye contact is a wonderful way to feel liked by other person.
3) Signs of Trustworthy: Another common impression that people may get of the other person if they are shifty-eyed or looking away is that they are not trust-worthy, avoiding eye contact may be an indication that they are guilty or ashamed of something.
4) Respect Each Other: If both of your are taking the time to have eye contact, it also indicates that both of you respect each other enough to look right into each other's eyes and have chosen to focus on you versus someone else.
Looking you in the eye also indicates that they have confidence in themselves, are self-assured and have high self esteem. If they feel that about themselves, then chances are they will believe you are confident in yourself since you are matching their gaze as well.
* 6 ways to dramatically improve your eye contact skills
* The Importance of Eye Contact in the Classroom