It’s widely known that three to five seconds is the length of time you have to make a strong first impression.
The first encounter you have with someone, whether it’s planned or random, can lead to a long term association with the right first impression.
Studies show that when you meet someone face-to-face, 93 percent of how you are judged is based on non-verbal data, while only 7 percent is influenced by spoken words.
When it comes to making a strong first impression, consider these simple tips.
- Image is everything
- Dress for success
- Be professional
- Scope the environment and audience
- Put your phone away
- Maintain good body language
- Greet with confidence
- Firm handshake, solid eye contact
- Repeat the other person’s name
- Speak up
- Choose your words wisely
- Listen intently
- Place the other person as the center of attention
- Show a sincere interest
The impact of a first impression can be seen through a domino effect of future meetings, opportunities and, quite possibly, employment.
Making a good first impression is extremely important, every time, no matter the occasion, setting, or circumstance. Much of what you need to do to make a good impression is common sense. By incorporating these tips, you’ll be more prepared and value the importance of every random or planned encounter, thus leading to great possibilities.