5 Tips for Making A Good First Impression
Making a good first impression is crucial when trying to create opportunities in the workplace. This could be in a job interview, meeting prospective clients, or pitching an idea to the board of directors. Whether we like it or not, we are wired to make instant unconscious opinions of others that are made within milliseconds of meeting someone for the first time. Their opinion or judgement could make or break this opportunity. In order to give yourself the best possible chance, one should do their utmost to give the best first impression possible. As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”Here are a5 tips for making a good first impression to help you create those opportunities and leave a memorable impression
1. Dress to Impress
This is one of the most important aspects of making a great first impression. What you wear andhow you look can speak volumes about a person. Dressing appropriately for the occasion is key.Clean and pressed clothing, with no stains, holes or hems coming loose. Hair and nails shouldbewellgroomed.
I have interviewed candidates from underprivileged backgrounds, that still came inwell-groomed,and shoes polished. In seconds you can tell if someone has made an effort.Remember, making an effort is free, not making an effort can bevery costly.
2. The Power of a Smile
According to science, smiling increases endorphins and lowers stress. It helps to relax the body and lower heart rate. This is important when trying to be as calm as possible when making your pitch. A smile also happens to be a universal expression that all understand and has a huge affect on others around you. It is said that we are drawn to people who smile. A smile can also spark impression of friendliness and trustworthiness, which always makes candidates more appealing when interviewing for the dream position.
As the song goes, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”
3. Early is On Time
When meeting someone for the first time, punctuality is important. You do not want them forming an impression, listening to your wonderful thought-out excuses for your tardiness. Always plan to arrive a few minutes early and allow flexibility around possible delays. Arriving a few minutes ahead of the meeting allows you to take a few breathes and get yourself focused for the task ahead. You want to look fresh and composed.
4. Body Talks
Body language is a non-verbal form of communication that can express how we are truly feeling. It can be more powerful that our verbal communication. Although handshakes have been a no-no over the past few years, they seem to be making a comeback. When shaking hands, make sure you give a firm confident handshake.
The ideal posture should be back straight and chest open. Remember to stay relaxed. Keep eye contact with the interviewer, client or Director.
Hand gestures can hinder or help you. Don’t fidget and keep hand gestures controlled and to a minimum.
5. Be Prepared
When going for a meeting, it is important to be prepared. It is imperative to do your research on the prospective company and the person you are meeting. LinkedIn can be a great tool in this area.
Have answers for potential questions that may be asked in your interview or sales pitch.
If you follow these 5tipsfor making a good first impression, you will be on your way to leaving a lasting impression.
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