Are you finding it difficult to make a first impression? Try this

First impressions matter a lot.

Most often you have only only one shot to make a lasting first impression.

In most interview sessions or business pitch, you only get one shot to sell your yourself to your potential employee or investor.

All this depends on your proper body language-Your grand entrance, opening line, initial handshake are all essential parts of your first impression that you can use wherever you meet someone.

Making a good first impression is incredibly important because you only get one shot at it. I know this sounds harsh, but as humans we are conditioned to judge people within the first second of meeting them—and our opinion often doesn’t change. This is called thin-slicing.

Thin-slicing is when we take a mental snapshot of someone and guess their competence, confidence and likability in less than a second. Researchers think this is a survival mechanism that we have developed to decide very quickly if someone is friend or foe.

Do you want to make an impression that people won’t be soon to forget? Here are some tips you can employ in everyday networking and business circumstances.

#1: I am _____.

When you meet someone for the first time, how do you want them to perceive you? Choose ONE word from this list of adjectives or name your own:

  • Intelligent
  • Fun
  • Powerful
  • Engaging
  • Wise
  • Professional
  • _________

Are you always displaying positive traits? Do you ever display negative traits such as

  • Snobby
  • Bored
  • Ditsy
  • Rude
  • Superior
  • Boring

You have to know where you stand now to move to where you want to be.

#2: I want to be ______.

Any time you meet someone for the first time, you always want to start on the right foot. The most important thing to do for giving a good impression is to set your intention. This is very necessary especially when you are preparing to attend a conference. This can be an incredibly grounding experience and works very well to focus on what kind of energy you want to have for your event.

#3: Perfect your Handshake

Hanshakes often start at the commencement of a meeting. A confident handshake sends a signal to the other person that you are confident. On the otherhand, a weak handshake shows that you are way to counter this, is to do a vertical handshake, make sure your hands are dry- sweaty palms are an indication of nervousness.

  • The level of firmness in your handshake is crucial; if you have a “dead fish” shake, it’s going to show that you’re weak, while a “death grip” will turn people off. Practice your handshake on a friend or family member to ensure that you’re hitting that firmness sweet spot.

#4: Blow them away

Don’t be boring. Be exiting and fun to be with. You got to have that killer conversation that will make them starve for more of you.All too often we end up using the same old social scripts and asking people the same questions over and over again. Avoid this and you’ll be glad you did.

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