It is proven that it takes between 3 to 5 seconds to make a first impression. So this is an extremely short period within which one should create a lasting impression. First impressions matter positively and negatively. It makes many things to work in ones favour should it be positive and it could fail many objectives should the positive become negative. Our weekly blog discusses key tips in creating a positive first impression. Let’s move on to the points below:
- Attire matters
Being in a suitable attire is one aspect that will project your image to others. Although overdressing safer than under dressing, it is better to understand the occasion and try to match the attire to the occasion.
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
Try to speak clearly, professionally and at an appropriate pace and sound level when first meeting someone. Shaking hands firmly and establishing good eye contact to ensure you aren’t doing anything that could damage a good first impression goes a long way. A proper handshake can convey confidence. Find a way to role-play and look for ways you can modify your communication skills.
- Personal grooming
Hair and make-up project the image of you. Consult a stylist for an updated style or sit down with a make-up artist to create a different look that will be suitable to the occasion.
Verbal introductions are very effective. They provide an excellent opening to the rest of the relationship. It has to be clear, simple and short. Studies have indicated that those who talk in a deeper voice, and more calmly, are taken more seriously.
- Eye contact
Looking someone in the eye conveys that you are confident and interested in what they have to say. It also conveys a sense of interest in the conversation; likewise, looking away too much will make you appear distracted.
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