Did you know that within the first seven seconds of meeting, people will have a solid impression of who you are? Some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits, such as trustworthiness.
So, what can you do to ensure that you are giving the BEST first impression you can?
I have put together six easy tips to help make a great first impression when meeting someone.
1. Maintain strong eye contact (But not to creepy…)
Studies have shown that maintaining good eye contact with someone shows confidence and often perceives you as more intelligent. There is a fine line though and there is such a thing as having too much eye contact!
2. Have a firm and confident handshake
Researchers have confirmed that handshakes are key to making a good impression, especially a good handshake. When meeting someone for the first time ensure your handshake is firm, warm and dry. There is nothing worse then shaking hands with someone who has a sweaty hand!
3. Dress for success
Your wardrobe tells its own story, it is difficult to bounce back from a bad impression and what you are wearing is the first impression people get before introducing yourself.
Before choosing that key outfit, take some time to consider what story you are trying to tell. I would always opt for business attire (This includes having clean and tidy shoes!) to present your most professional self, it is always better to be over dressed than under dressed.
4. Practice good hygiene
This one should be a no brainer…you don’t want to be known or remembered as the person who had bad hygiene. Make sure you have deodorant on, your clothes are clean, and you have fresh breath.
5. Speak clearly
Many people have great things to say but don’t speak with confidence. Unfortunately, this is a great way to end up being over looked. Try not to speak to fast or get too loud, studies have indicated that those who talk in a deeper voice, and more calmly, are taken more seriously.
6. Don’t forget to SMILE!
Facial expressions are key in making a great first impression. Who doesn’t want their personal brand to be associated with positivity?
A big smile is more positively received than blank faces or furrowed brows. Smiles are not only more likely to get a positive reaction from your new connection but are more likely to be returned.