Yesterday's kitchen/zoom dog training lesson was teaching sustained eye contact, in order to increase connection and attention

It made me think about our human zoom meetings. I recently observed someone do a potentially powerful speech to a zoom group. But his eye contact moved between every one of the participant’s video in the zoom gallery. He was trying to engage them with his eye contact, as if he was in a real-life meeting. But the group didn’t receive it like that. Instead, they saw him NOT making eye contact with them. His message lost its power and he lost connection and attention

Where do your eyes go when you deliver virtually? To your audience through your webcam – or to your own video?! And what’s the impact on your audience of being talked AT, rather than TO?

It’s such a simple, but fundamental thing and it’s one of the many things we practice in my gentle, virtual course Presenting for the Petrified, for teams & individuals

What do you think?
Is virtual eye contact still necessary or have we learned to go without it?
And how do we do it effectively with webcams in one place and colleagues videos in another?

Originally posted on LinkedIn