You’ve probably heard the saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression”, and the reason that expression has lasted over the years is because there’s truth to it. It’s not much of a concern most of the time but when you’re heading into a meeting with a potential new client or getting acquainted with a potential new employer, it’s crucial. It’s much harder to repair a bad first impression than to make a good one straight off the get-go, so here are some pointers to help you achieve the latter:
Sight is the most important of the five senses, it provides us with the ability to assess someone before they've even gotten close enough to interact with us. Dress to impress, dress for success, you've heard all the slogans because your attire is capable of determining what kind of person you are in someone else’s eyes.
We encourage you to be yourself but to do it sensibly. Allude to your personal style with subtle accessories like watches and cufflinks - wearing an oversized yellow tee and baggy pants that drag on the floor won't get you anywhere in the corporate world or perhaps even with your girlfriend's parents. Dress comfortably but conservatively, be sure that your clothes are clean, wrinkle free and appropriate.
It's rarely spoken of yet 90% of communication is non-verbal. You could be saying that you're happy to be there but if your body shows the opposite, it'll be louder than what you're actually saying. Don't slump and look away or you'll give off the vibe that you are disinterested in the person you're meeting with. Avoid being overly animated with your hands whilst you're getting through the introductions because it can be incredibly distracting.
The best way to present yourself is to stand straight with your shoulders back and maintaining eye contact with a smile. Practice in the mirror if need be.
The speaking aspect of your introduction will be the last part of the judging process unless of course you greet them from across the room in an unpleasantly loud way. This is the easiest part to nail but nerves can make it the hardest, so try to stay calm.
Speak with a clear and concise voice, acknowledge that you know their name by using it such as "Good afternoon, John." and then introduce yourself. If you have a tricky ethnic name, say it slowly and clearly. And always shake their hand.
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