7 Tips on How to Give a Positive First Impression

We all know the first impression counts. To develop a positive first impression, always put yourself in the position of others – how they see and hear you. Here are some helpful reminders on how you can always be sure that you are the best version of yourself.

 

We all know the first impression counts. To develop a positive first impression, always put yourself in the position of others – how they see and hear you.

Here are some helpful reminders on how you can always be sure that you are the best version of yourself.

 

Visual impression- How do others see you?

1.      Dress appropriately

Wear something that is appropriate for the occasion and setting at all times. When in doubt, it is always to be overdressed than underdressed. An underdressed person looks unprepared, and fails to inspire confidence in yourself. Put yourself in your client’s shoes and your will understand that you also want to meet someone who is dressed appropriately to give you the confidence. Also, by dressing up, it is a mark of respect for your clients. It is similar to dressing up for a wedding dinner that you are attending. Surely you would not turn up in a T-shirt, bermudas and a pair of flip flops? It is the similar case for both weddings and meeting clients.

 

2.      Details matter

You don’t have to be extravagant – but attention to small details like cufflinks, pocket handkerchief, rings, or other accessories, often gives the impression that you are meticulous and conscientious about presenting yourself to others. This gives others the confidence to let you carry their brand, handle their portfolio or manage their business. You also have to pay attention to details of the other party that you are dealing with. Very often, we dress up to look good and we feel good when we receive a compliment from our effort to dress up. Humans are narcissistic. However, do not go overboard with the compliments. Be genuine in them too.

 

3.      Get an unbiased opinion

It is so easy to get an opinion of your #ootd (outfit-of-the-day) by simply sending a photo of your attire to someone who is more fashion-savvy than you. You don’t have to have to be up-to-date with the latest fashion, but it pays to have a matching combination so as to look presentable.

Emotions – how do you make them feel?

“People forget what you say, but they never forget how you made them feel.”

 

4.      Remember: S.E.E

Smile.

It is daunting for most people to talk to a stranger for the first time. A genuine smile provides a visual cue that you are interested and feeling positive about the conversation.

Enthusiasm.

Show your interest in the conversation by asking questions and being curious.

Eye contact.

Avoid diverting your attention to anything else, be it your phone or watch. Receiving the full attention of someone is a great compliment and makes the person you are trying to impress feel important.

 

 

 

5.       Mirroring of interests and personality

People like people who are like themselves (it’s such a mouthful to say).

Common heritage, experiences, interests, beliefs, and philosophies creates an imagined relationship between two people.  Remember that when you purposefully seek to reveal commonalities with the person you are trying to impress, you constantly open new doors into his imagined community of likeminded people.

 

 

 

6.      Listen to the needs of others

People like talking about themselves, and often what they reveal are important to them at that point of time. Listen closely and you will find the hint to how to engage him/her.

 

 

 

7.      Ask intelligent and relevant questions

This takes some research into the areas of interests of the person you are trying to impress. Besides mirroring that person, that person will also develop a good impression of your capability.