Law Ruler April 2024


How to Look Them in the Eye

There's no getting around it. As a lawyer, you must be able to meet the gaze of everyone you speak to, and you should always make eye contact when addressing an audience. Easy to say, of course, but somewhat harder to execute. I’ve heard lots of tricks for sustaining eye contact, including looking at someone's forehead, necktie or hair if eye-to-eye contact makes you uncomfortable. Instead, I suggest turning to research from sports psychology to help you learn to look clients, fact finders and colleagues in the eye. Do not use the crutch of looking past or beyond people just because eye contact feels funny. ... READ MORE

Originally published January 23, 2014
Last updated October 4, 2021
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