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How to make a good first impression

Introduction πŸ‘‹

First impressions count. Princeton University research has shown that people will decide whether they think that you’re trustworthy within 1 second of looking at you.

If this wasn’t enough, university research has also shown that before you even speak to someone, they will form an opinion on your levels of:

  • Charisma
  • Leadership potential
  • Social status
  • Success

Thankfully, first impressions aren’t permanent and it’s possible to change someone’s mind about you, but it always helps to start on the right track!

Here are our top 4 ways of how to make a good first impression –

  1. Think about your appearance
  2. Watch your body language
  3. Consider how you speak
  4. Make the other person feel special

1. Think about your appearance πŸ‘”

  • Drink water and sleep well to keep yourself looking healthy and happy
  • Clothing – are you wearing clothes that your audience would like? Are you wearing clothes that are formal enough?
  • Personal hygiene – washing yourself, brushing your teeth, and styling your hair are all things that can help you to look well-presented and give a good impression.

2. Watch your body language 🀜

  • Focus on the person speaking to you
  • Making eye contact – show that you’re listening to them!
  • React to what the person says – smiling, nodding, or frowning depending on what they’ve said
  • Leaning forward – this shows that you’re interested in what the other person has to say.
  • Facing towards the person you’re speaking to
  • Use positive body language – relax your body and smile!

3. Consider how you speak πŸ’¬πŸ™Š

  • Speak confidently and clearly – loud enough so that they can hear you, slow enough that they can understand
  • Adapt the words you use to the person you’re talking to – should you speak more professionally/formally or can you be more relaxed/informal with them?

4. Make the other person feel special πŸ’–

  • Remember their name, and use it! According to psychology, people feel more special when you use their name!
  • Listen intently to what they’re saying instead of focusing on what you will say next
  • Ask them questions to show that you’re interested in them
  • Remember what that they’ve told you, and show them you’ve remembered!
  • Talk about how you and the other person are similar
  • Put your phone away, and keep it on silent!
  • Give them your full attention
  • If you’re waiting together, make small talk rather than waiting in silence!
  • Be polite, say please, and thank you!
  • Give them a compliment
  • Thank the person for their time

133 ways to make someone feel special

Conclusion πŸ‘

So those are our 4 steps to making a good first impression!

  1. Think about your appearance
  2. Watch your body language
  3. Consider how you speak
  4. Make the other person feel special

What tips are you going to try out?

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