When it comes to making good first impressions, there is never a second chance. People tend to make a judgment about you within the first 7 seconds of meeting you. What this means is that it is possible not to have even said anything, and the other party already has an impression. You may be wondering how exactly you are supposed to beat that. Well, that’s where we come in; We’ve got 5 simple ways that can help you make an excellent first impression.
Whatever the occasion might be, don’t go there without some information about the person(s) or organization who you will be meeting. Whether it’s an interview or a social gathering, knowledge about the person you’ll be meeting will always come in handy, so do your research! It shows how interested you are in the other person. Preparedness also involves no late coming or tardiness. If you have a presentation to make, ensure beforehand that everything you need has been set. In case of an emergency, be ready to improvise.
One of the first things that is used in making an assumption about a person is how they present themselves. Even without speaking, your overall demeanor already says a lot. If you want to make an excellent first impression, make sure you dress the part. Dress neat, smart, confident, and comfortable. Your appearance, in general, should be presentable.
Your posture and body language is another means by which people read and assess you. Playing with your hair, biting your nails, or shifting from one foot to the other shows lack of confidence, interest, and seriousness. Instead, walk upright and approach the fellow you’re meeting with a firm handshake and smile. Smiling always gives a positive vibe. Nod your head during conversations and drop in a few affirmative marks. It shows you are paying attention. Maintain eye contact as much as possible, lean in towards the speaker and listen.
When speaking, ensure you are polite and friendly. Don’t boast about your achievements or ridicule others. Be mindful of lewd or derogatory jokes that may offend others. Keep a relaxed and positive attitude.
Most importantly, don’t portray any image other than you; simply be yourself. You will be able to be your most confident and prepared self by believing in your talents and abilities. You’ve got this!