How to Make a Great First Impression

Most people will form their opinion of you within the first thirty seconds of meeting you. Once their opinion is formed it’s pretty difficult to change their view. Whether you are wanting to nail an interview or you are meeting a potential client, making the right first impression is essential. Here are three easy tips to help you make a great first impression every time!

Look the part – First, you need to look the part. It will be hard for the other person to hear what you have to say if they can’t get past how you look. How you feel about yourself reflects in the clothes you wear and how well you take care of yourself.  If you want people to take you seriously and look to you as a competent professional, then you need to suit up for success. You don’t have to buy a new wardrobe or have expensive high-end clothing. All you need to do is wear clothes that fit and flatter your body.  Remember, neatness goes a long way.

Keep it positive – It’s never pleasant to hear about someone’s bad day. Complaining quickly dampens the conversation. Even if you did have a crummy morning, try to find something uplifting to say. You want others to remember you as a positive and upbeat individual.

Beware of body language – Body language can say a lot and can help you know how to guide the conversation. If the person you are speaking with leans in towards you when you are making a statement, that typically signals that they are interested in what you have to say. That’s your cue to continue. However, if their eyes are darting around the room, as though they are looking for an escape, that’s a good indication they are ready to leave the topic or conversation. Don’t forget that your body language is just as important as theirs, especially in those first moments of meeting. For example, a firm and balanced handshake sends the message that you are confident and dependable, while a weak  and limp handshake screams that you are internally vulnerable and possibly easy to push around. Also, remember to smile. Smiling and nodding while the other person is talking will reveal that you are a good listener and good listening can help build trust!


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