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How Much Eye Contact Should You Be Making on a Video Sales Call


Maintain eye contact 2/3 of the time, experts have always said.  But that figure is based on in-person communication. But on video, that percentage should be closer to the 80-85% mark! Why Do You Need More Eye Contact on Video? When in-person – whether that be your office, a shared conference room, even a local coffee shop – you are sharing an environment with your customer. Meaning that if you break eye contact to look at your notes, a picture on the wall, or that delicious cup of joe in your hands, your customer knows exactly what you are looking at. No problem at all! In contrast, when you look away on video, your customer is no longer able to see what you are looking at. Left to their imagination, they may graciously assume that you are looking at their image or, worse yet, imagine that you are looking at Read More

Sellers Beware! Misleading Advice on Zoom Fatigue


Stanford University recently published an interesting study on the causes of ‘Zoom Fatigue.’ Researchers identified four main causes, one being: *Excessive amounts of close-up eye contact is highly intense While I don’t disagree with the study’s overall conclusion, I do disagree with the advice springing up around it suggesting people should REDUCE their level of eye contact on video calls. This is hugely misleading advice, especially for salespeople. Here’s why: Why Eye Contact Matters in Virtual Selling: Eye contact is a key ingredient in building relationships. In a virtual world, eye contact takes on even greater importance as other means of connecting with our customers are unavailable to us. Selling on Video Perceived attention is tied to your eye contact. Where our eyes go, our attention goes. Unlike in a live setting, your customer can’t tell where your attention is directed on a video call. All they know is that Read More

How to Break Through Zoom Gloom with Customers


Salespeople and customers alike have quickly risen to the challenge of connecting in a virtual world. But now that customers are being bombarded with Zoom calls both internally and externally, they, like many of us, are experiencing Zoom Gloom*.  Zoom Gloom is an unforeseen side effect from being on video call, after video call, after video call – all with an overwhelming sense of sameness. Symptoms of Zoom Gloom include: 1…Exhaustion. It may seem physically easier to meet on video, but in reality, our brains are working extra hard to process this new environment. A video call eliminates our ability to intuitively pick up on dozens of non-verbal cues that help us process a conversation. When we can’t see a person’s hands or gestures, or if the quality is poor, even read facial expressions, our brain struggles to fill in the gaps.  The result: we wear out quicker. 2. Strain Read More

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