Making a Great First Impression

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Learn how to make a great first impression, in this video.

It takes only around three seconds to form a first impression of someone.

And once people have formed an opinion of you, it's really difficult to change it.

This is why knowing how to make a great first impression is so important. This can help land you a job or a new client, enhance your reputation, or open up all kinds of unexpected opportunities.

When you're meeting someone for the first time, and you want to make a good impression, dress appropriately and make sure you're on time. This shows respect for the other person, and it gets the relationship started on the right foot.

Next, pay attention to your posture. Stand up straight, and lift your head up. Good posture not only makes you look great, but it also makes you feel more confident.

If you're not sure this really works, you can test it yourself right now.

Now you feel like someone you'd want to know, right?

Another way to make a great first impression – in cultures where this is acceptable – is to shake hands firmly. A firm handshake shows that you're confident, and it makes the other person feel you're truly interested to meet them.

Also, be at ease. This can be challenging if you're meeting someone new, because it's easy to get a bit nervous. Just remember, they might be a bit nervous too. So take a deep breath, look them in the eye, and focus on listening to what they have to say. Your sincere attention on what their saying will make a memorable impression.

These are just some of the ways you can make a great first impression.

Now, read the article that accompanies this video to learn more ways that you can do this.

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Comments (10)
  • Over a month ago Midgie wrote
    Hi Sam,
    Thanks for the link to The Power of Vulnerability. I have edited your post to remove the active URL as we do not generally (there are exceptions though!) allow hyperlinks to external sites. I have however tried cutting and posting the information and got to the site. I will check it out!

    I plan to check it out in more detail later!

    Midgie
  • Over a month ago sam_dubai wrote
    Hi Midgie,

    Yes I know this Ted talk. I'm a fan of her work. You can actually buy a more expanded version of Power of Vulnerability from: www. soundstrue.com/shop/The-Power-of-Vulnerability/4122.pd
    (Not sure why it didn't paste the above as a link)

    I totally agree that this has an influence on how you come across as a person.

    Thanks for the usual support.
  • Over a month ago Midgie wrote
    Hi Sam,
    I am placing more emphasis on my own personal development and, as you put it, come from the place of authenticity yet you wouldn't come across as "weak" or "awkward" I believe this makes better first impressions and more genuine interactions with others.

    Just the other day I was talking to a friend who recently separated from their partner, and we talked about using the phrase 'Sorry if I'm not being quite myself however I have alot going on'. This is a genuine acknowledgement that 'stuff' is happening without going into the detail of what that stuff necessarily is. I do not believe that going around telling everyone 'oh, I've just split up from my partner so I may be a bit grumpy' is the answer either. It is simply an acknowledgement that some big stuff is going on and it is having an impact.

    If people do not understand that we all have 'stuff' going on to varying degrees, then does it really matter what they think?

    I really love Brene Brown's TED Talk 'The Power of Vulnerability', have you heard it? I believe it does have an influence on making a great first impression. What do you think?

    Midgie
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