How to Make a Great First Impression
Making a great impression when meeting someone for the first time sets the scene for how a person continues to see you. People are set to be impressed within the first few seconds they see something great (or not) about you!
This does not only happen in the regular meet and greet events or by chance at a mall or market. This also occurs when talking to clients/customers, interviewers, employers, and even on first dates.
Experts say that the first few seconds are critical because you either leave a lasting “good” impression or “bad” impression. It is then ideal to be your best at all times especially when connecting with someone for the first time. It is critical if that ‘someone’ is going to be a business partner. You need to build the trust at first sight.
How should you approach this?
Approach this as a positive opportunity to close a deal, make a new friend, or be known as a person worth getting to know more. One important place to make a great first impression is during an interview. Check out the 50 Top Job Interview Questions And Answers.
Physical appearance matters
People will like you at first if you look presentable. Be sure you are representing the image that speaks to you in the way you dress or do your hair. Putting your best self forward at all times will save you the dilemma of having to worry when you meet someone important. Confidence is crucial in making that great first impression.
With proper grooming and dressing up or dressing down, you can make a good first impression even before you speak. It will definitely make you feel ready.
Proper approach and manner
This is one thing to know, and it is imperative. You must learn how to approach someone when they are talking to another person. The proper use of your body language plays a crucial part in making great impressions. It starts with approaching someone with a confident smile and a “Hi” or “Hello”. This will set the right disposition. Once your desired nature is acquired, the getting-to-know-you part will come naturally.
Using body language is good, but do not overdo any of it. If you tend to fidget when having a conversation with someone, calm yourself down and minimize your movements – usually, it’s the hand gestures that give you away. By crossing your arms or letting them rest on your lap, you can easily manage your nervousness.
Do you have a tendency of swaying your arms so wide when you feel nervous? Then it would help to keep them folded but not in an intimidating manner. Another thing is finger& lip biting. Some people who get nervous or impatient tend to bit their nails or inside of their lips unconsciously. If you have that tendency, practice not to do that! It does not only look embarrassing, but it looks childish.
Taking a few deep breaths when you feel impatient or nervous can help a lot too. Breathing air in through your nostrils brings oxygen to your body, thus, helping your brain to think clearly.
Above all, make it your goal to develop your conversational skills. This is one great way of making a great first impression.