How people view and treat you largely depends on what first impressions you make. It does not matter if you are here to make friends, in an interview to get a job, or at an event to network. Like it or not, you will create a first impression that can make or break your ability to gain friends, impress others, and make yourself look good and capable.
According to a survey, it takes about 27 seconds before someone creates an impression during the first meeting. This means that you have less than 30 seconds to put your best foot forward when meeting new people. But how can you craft a lasting first impression so that others won’t make false assumptions of you?
Take care of yourself
It is a must that you pay attention not only to your looks but also your health. Smelling good, having beautiful hair, having healthy skin, and wearing the right clothes depending on the event may matter. You may already be investing in yourself by visiting an aesthetic clinic to ensure that you look and feel good in your own skin. But if you take your health for granted, all your hard work may not pay off. Make sure that you take great care of yourself first by getting an adequate amount of sleep, exercise, and a healthy balanced diet.
Choose your visual signals wisely
People are visual creatures. Almost everyone will judge you based on what you wear, how you do your hair and makeup, the facial expressions you show, etc. So make sure that you dress the part before stepping out of your home. Of course, it is always a good idea to consider the type of event you are attending and the kind of impression you plan on leaving.
Being confident is easier said than done. This is why you need to work on improving your confidence each day. But make sure that you don’t appear overly confident, or else you may end up looking arrogant. Show off those pearly whites, speak in a clear voice, and listen attentively. Show appropriate facial expressions, make good eye contact, and be enthusiastic.
Mind your stance and body language
Growing up and even after turning into an adult, we are constantly told that posture matters. But what many fail to emphasize is that your stance matters more. When we slouch, we appear sick, uninterested, relaxed, and unprofessional. If you are meeting with clients, talking to your boss, or attending an interview, the last thing you want to do is to slouch. Another thing that matters is your body language. Mind the position of your chin, shoulders, arms, hands, and toes.
This list may be a short one, but these tips can help you create good first impressions. Remember that it only takes a couple of seconds before someone judges you. Whether you are here for a new job, connect with anyone, or impress an influential person, it is always a good idea to knock the socks off of your audience and have a good start.