The Importance of First Impressions

Regardless  if it’s business or social, the things you do to make a good first impression are the same. Here are some tips to assist you in leaving a good impression every time you meet someone new. These tips can be utilized face-to-face, on the phone or over the internet.

  • Maintain a neat appearance.  Appearance plays a key role on first impressions.
  • Practice good posture. Good posture will benefit your overall appearance.
  • Practice a good hand shake. Your hand shake should be firm, but not too firm. Maintain eye contact while shaking hands.
  • Smile. A smile really says a lot. It shows you’re friendly, approachable and interested.
  • Maintain eye contact. This proves that you’re listening.
  • Think positive thoughts. Negative thoughts will show in your facial expression.
  • Ask questions. It shows you’re interested.
  • Stay away from bragging and name-dropping. People don’t care who you know.
  • Always use proper grammar. Avoid slang, speak clearly.
  • Don’t over eat or drink. Don’t look like a glutton. If you become intoxicated, you may say something rude that you will regret. That would not be a good start to a new relationship.
  • Relax and be yourself. People can usually tell when you’re trying to be someone you’re not.

It’s easier to build a relationship on a positive start rather than trying to recover it from a previous mistake.

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