How many times have you had someone come in for a meeting with you and you have taken one quick look at them and though, “here we go”. They look awful and their whole persona is negative. From their body language to their eye contact to the soft shake of your hand.
How about the shoe on the other foot for this one. It takes just a quick look, not even two seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. The other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanour, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed.
With every new encounter, you are evaluated and yet another person’s impression of you is formed. These first impressions are nearly impossible to reverse and set the tone for ongoing relationships.
You can make your first impression better by:
– Being on time. No excuse, plan to arrive a few minutes early.
– Being yourself. If you are calm and confident, the other person will feel at ease.
– Presenting yourself appropriately. Your appearance is usually the first clue the other person has to go by and dressing appropriately is very important.
– Smiling! There’s nothing like a good smile. It puts everyone at ease and is a winner for frist impressions.
– Being open and confident. Use your body language to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance. Make eye-contact, stand tall and shake hands firmly.
– Small talking. It goes a long way. Prepare questions or learn something about the person before you meet with them.
– Being courteous and attentive. It goes without saying that good manners and polite and attentive behaviour help make a good first impression. This also means turn off your mobile phone before entering the mtg.
You have just a few seconds to make a good first impression so it’s worth giving each new encounter your best effort. It really is common sense but with a little extra thought and preparation, you can make every first impression not just good but great.
Michael is a business advisor that gives real and modern business advice that encourages thinking different and using strategies that are unique. To date, he has given over 4000+ hours of advisory with business owners.
He was awarded the Best Business Enterprise Centre Mentor/Advisor Australia 2014 and also the youngest person to ever receive the award.
He is a regular contributor to many publications including the national 'Inside Small Business Magazine', Business columnist for 'The Western weekender', 'The Village Voice' and more.