Whether it is for a job interview, to meet someone on a date, or anything in between, making a good first impression is hugely important. It is something that a lot of people struggle with, but the truth is that it is relatively easy to do. As long as you are aware of some of the basic things that people might pay attention to when they meet you, you can ensure that their first impression of you is a good one. Form that day onwards, you will then have a much better relationship with that person, whether it is professional or a private one. Let’s look at some of the novel ways you can make a good first impression.
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Arrive In Style
If it is going to be a situation where there is a possibility they will see you arrive, then you will benefit greatly from being sure to arrive in style. However you will be arriving, make sure that you have thought about it beforehand so you can put some real effort into it. If you are driving, you should make sure that you have recently washed your vehicle with a popular car shampoo, and perhaps even waxed it too. You would be amazed at how paying attention to these details can make a huge difference. If you are walking, then it is a good idea to make sure you are doing so with confidence – which takes us to the next point.
The most important thing of all is that you display a good deal of confidence as you enter the situation. As long as you do that, you will find that you immediately make a good impression. If you are someone who routinely struggles with feeling confident, then you might want to look into some of the things you can do to improve that. As it happens, it’s relatively straightforward, even if it is also something of a learning curve. The simple acts of standing up straight and looking people in the eye will make a huge difference. Elsewhere in your life, the more that you actively approach and tackle your fears head-on, the more likely it is that you will feel confident going into new situations, so that is worth remembering too.
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Be Friendly & Personable
No matter the situation or what you need to get from it, being friendly and approachable is going to be a huge step forward in giving a great first impression. Use their name (to show you are really listening) and ask them questions about themselves. Show real interest, and you will find that people relax around you and enjoy your company all the more. The friendlier you are, the more people will want to spend time with you. If at first you find it difficult to maintain the energy for this kind of approach, try to take it in small steps. This will eventually lead you to being a much more confident interpersonal talker.
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