Wilson, Douglas, and Nathan D. Wilson. The Rhetoric Companion: A Student's Guide to Power in Persuasion. Moscow, Idaho: Canon, 2011.
Lesson 30, “Eye Contact” pp. 145-147.
Wilson reminds the reader that eye contact is a very important gesture. The speaker’s role is to create in the audience a love for the material of the speech (Wilson 2011, 145). It is not a problem for the speaker to look at his notes. This is a valid activity. However, the contact with notes and material is like contact with the audience. It is intended to draw the content and the hearers together (Wilson 2011, 146).