5 Simple Tips to Make a Great First Impression
That old saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is something I live by. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve completely screwed up first impressions by making various simple mistakes.
Everyone has tips on how to make a great first impression, but they just seem to overcomplicate it.
With our events all based on communication, we wanted this week’s blog post to focus on SIMPLE tips to make a great first impression. Enjoy!
There’s nothing worse than shaking hands with someone who has basically just hung their hand out to dry like a wet fish. A firm handshake shows confidence and authority. Also, if you are going to shake hands with someone make sure it’s not all sweaty and clammy – there’s no coming back from that first impression being engrained in someone’s memory.
2. Be Positive
It’s easy to be negative when you first meet someone. Here in the UK we excel when it comes to jumping on the negative band wagon. Make a great first impression by being positive instead. Not “over the top” positive, but just not the negative guy in the corner that everyone’s now trying hard to avoid.
3. Remember Their Name
Constantly calling somebody “love” and “darl” because you’ve forgotten their name after 5 minutes is never a good look. Always try and repeat it back so that even if it is a unique name they will make a point of correcting you making it easy to remember.
4. Ask Non-Intrusive Questions
Asking someone about their sex life within the first 5 minutes is a bit much. Ask questions about things they like to do on the weekends or their celebrity crush. Keep it light and interesting. Oh, and never just waffle on about yourself – nobody’s going to want to stick around for that.
5. Watch Your Body Language
Body language is key. You might not realise that you’re constantly scratching your head or bouncing your leg up and down – but you can almost bet that they certainly will. Always consciously think about what you’re doing whilst somebody’s talking to you as something as simple as you chewing on a straw could turn out to leave a terrible first impression.
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