How to Make a Great First Impression

April 11, 2012 — 1,127 views  
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As soon as someone walks in the room, it is human nature to start measuring them and making assumptions based on their appearance, mannerisms and body language. Once this snap judgment is made, it can be difficult to alter. Therefore, it is important to carefully construct yourself to give off the best first impression you can – regardless of the situation.

Here are three tips to creating the best first impression:

1. Use the person’s name. Whether you’re meeting a person in a business or casual setting, people enjoy hearing their name being used in the conversation. It both solidifies it in your memory and creates a deeper, more personable connection.

2. Smile. An open and friendly expression invites others to get to know you. An approachable demeanor will facilitate the creation of trust and respect.

3. Dress appropriately for the situation. Nothing can ruin a first impression more than dressing slovenly in business or overly fussy for a day in the park. Before stepping out of the house, ask yourself if the clothes you are wearing will fit in or stand out in a negative manner.