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Lisa F Bohannons Is Your Body Language on Your Side portrays a classic example of how our nonverbal communication effects the impressions of people upon us In the article Jonathan Myers believes that he is well prepared for an important job interview because he has practiced his answers to vital questions and his appearance is neat However once in the actual interview he leaves a bad impression and does not get the job because his body language depicts him as sloppy uninterested and insincere This incident proves the importance of appropriate eye contact vocal expression posture and facial expression not only in job interviews but also in every other occurrence of formal or informal communication that we experience throughout our lives especially in first impressions Leathers defines eye contact as two people that are looking at each other but not specifically any one part of the body or face What most people consider eye contact is what Leathers calls eye-gaze This is mutual eye contact where two people are directing their gazes at each others eyes In Bohannons article Jonathan leaves a bad impression on his interviewer in part by practicing gaze omission unintentional failure to make eye contact and gaze aversion a movement of the eyes away from interaction with the other person Leathers 53 We know this because Bohannon says that his eyes roamed the office and focused on the interviewers nameplate In this manner Jonathan failed to establish the necessary connection with his interviewer and made himself appear either nervous or inattentive In a recent television interview a close friend of mine made a dramatic impression through eye behavior As he was being questioned he not only avoided eye contact with the camera but also failed to focus on any one particular point instead his eyes darted rapidly in all directions This gave the appearance that he was extremely nervous and uncomfortable In fact knowing the situation that lead to the
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