Summary: It is possible to make a great impression on just about anyone you meet in life and we have eight tips in this post that will help you do so.
Everyone knows it, but there are still people who do not follow it, but there are no such thing as second chances with first impressions. It takes just a couple of seconds for a person to make an opinion of you, which is why a great first impression is key. We will help you make this happen with the eight tips outlined in this post.
Have a Plan
You need to have a plan when introducing yourself to someone new. This includes what you plan to wear, what your intention is, be conscious of your body language, show interest, be interesting and avoid meeting someone new on a bad day.
Make the Impression Quickly
You will need to make the impression as quickly as possible because some research out there claims that others make their opinion of someone they meet for the first time within two seconds of being introduced. That does not leave you with a lot of leeway when trying to make a strong first impression.
Show Genuine Interest
When meeting someone for the first time, you need to show genuine interest and make them feel as if they are the only and most important person in the room. When you provide them with your undivided attention, you make a great impression.
Smile and Use Names
Always smile when talking with someone for the first time, remember their name and make sure you use it during the course of the conversation. This will help to make the person feel very comfortable with you.
During your introduction with someone new you must come across as trustworthy as possible, even if you are the most trustworthy person you know. The more trustworthy you appear, the better your chances are that the person you met will form a strong opinion of you.
Have a Clear Message
Each time you are introduced to someone new, you must have a clear message for that person. If you have anything that is convoluted, you will not make a good impression on the person whom you are meeting for the first time.
Encourage Others to Talk
When you encourage others to talk about themselves during a first meeting, this will help you gain an incredible first impression on those people. The conversation should not be all about you.
Always Express Gratitude
In meeting someone new, whether or not the meeting went well, you should always express gratitude when the meeting is complete.8 Tips to Make an Excellent Impression on Anyone You Meet by Jim Vassallo