When giving someone eye contact, remember it’s not a staring contest. You can make “whole-face contact” to make your eyes feel more natural. Smile and nod along to the conversation, while rotating your gaze though both of their eyes, the person’s nose, and mouth. When talking, you don’t have to make eye-contact the entire time– change your expression or look away to keep the other person’s interest. Etiquette suggests giving the person 3 to 5 seconds of eye contact and then looking away briefly before gently returning your focus to them again.