17 Tips to Make a Great First Impression4:14:00 PM
Be Open and Confident. When it comes to making the first impression , body language as well as appea...
Be Open and Confident. When it comes to making the first impression, body language as well as appearance speaks much louder than words. Make sure it's a great one. Researchers have found that a first impression is made within the first seven seconds after you meet someone new.
As the saying goes, "Smile and the world smiles too." So there's nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease. So smiling is a winner when it comes to great first impressions. But don't go overboard with this – people who take this too far can seem insincere and smarmy, or can be seen to be "lightweights."
2. AttireAttire can really make or break a first impression. Always make sure you wear an appropriate dress for the event. When in doubt, err on the side of being too formal. A nice dress does go a longer way in making a great impression that one would think.
3. GroomingPersonal grooming is also equally important. Having well-groomed hair, nails and a tidy appearance will create a positive image of you.
4. Eye contactEye contact is very important when you first meet someone. It says that you are open and honest, and gives a nice impression of you. Make sure you maintain eye contact.
5. MirroringMirroring the other person's body language, tone, posture etc is a very important factor when it comes to making a favorable impression. But make sure you do it in a subtle manner, and make the other person sense it subconsciously rather than consciously.
6. Body LanguageKeep your body language open. Do not cross your legs or arms, keep your hands so that your palms are visible to the other person.
7. ConfidenceBeing calm and confident will surely make others take a liking to you. On the other hand, if you appear diffident and nervous, it will make people feel unsure about you and make them ill at ease too. So try to be cool and collected throughout the first meeting.
8. PositivityIt is very important to keep in mind that you should talk only positively the first time you meet someone. Keep away from gossip or negative comments, even if it is just about the weather. People will tend to classify you as a full time whiner even if you are just having a bad day. So remember to talk positive during a first meeting.
9. ListeningKeep your ears open for what others have to say. Most people love to hear their own voice, so a good listener immediately gets an entry to their good books. Resist the temptation to boast or tell long stories about yourself, and let the other person talk. This does not mean being silent though. Ask questions, be interested in the other person. And do join in on the conversation.
10. MannersPoliteness and courtesy are very important. Make sure you are well-mannered and do not make rude comments or racist/sexist jokes.
11. ComplimentsA genuine compliment can always make someone warm up to you. And with very little effort it is possible to find something to compliment in every one (unless you are too cynical of course, in which case you would have to put in more effort and combat your natural instincts ;) ).
12. PunctualityBe on time. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Everyone is bound to feel antipathic towards people who keep them waiting, so be a few mintes early. Being late on your first meeting is an irreparable damage.
13. Small talkConversations are based on verbal give and take. It may help you to prepare questions you have for the person you are meeting for the first time beforehand. Or, take a few minutes to learn something about the person you meet for the first time before you get together.
For instance, does he play golf? Does she work with a local charitable foundation? Is there anything that you know of that you have in common with the person you are meeting? If so, this can be a great way to open the conversation and to keep it flowing.