Where are you looking?

Posted: 2017-08-07 , Modified: 2017-08-07

Tags: life



From What I learned from Patrick Winston:

Whenever you are meeting someone, look them in the eye. When a committee considers candidates for a position (for instance, the president of MIT), a candidate will have to shake hands with a long row of people. The biggest mistake is to turn your head toward the next person while you are still shaking hands with the previous person. This creates a kind of subconscious bias in the committee member’s heads. These candidates do not get the position.

This principle applies much more broadly, and is usually referred to as focus on the present.