Making a good first impression is important for building relationships with other people and crucial when it comes to growing your business. When you consider the fact, that people make their first impression of you within seconds of meeting you, there is no time to waste. Be it face-to-face, over the phone, or even on social media, it is very important that you make a strong positive first impression each and every time.
Here are Five Ways to Make a Great First Impression…
A smile is such a simple, yet powerful thing. Your smile communicates that you are happy, confident, and it also puts the other person at ease. Even smiling while you are on a phone call makes a difference. Just try it. The tone of your voice becomes more upbeat and your energy increases. When it comes to Social Media…smile in those profile pictures. You will instantly seem more approachable!
Your attitude shows through in everything you do, so projecting a positive attitude plays a huge role in making a good first impression. We constantly tell our kids, “No whining, no murmuring, and no complaining!” The marketplace is filled with unhappy, grumpy people, so doesn’t it stand to reason that if you do the OPPOSITE you will be sure to stand out in a positive way?
Know Their Name
“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” – Dale Carnegie
Take a minute to think of some of the people you have met recently. If you encountered someone who used your name from the beginning, wouldn’t that have made a good impression? Ask someone their name immediately upon meeting them and then try to use their name immediately. This serves two purposes: It helps you remember their name and it impresses the person by showing them that you were paying attention and value them enough to remember their name.
Being a good listener is not complicated, but many people are simply horrible at it. The key to being a good listener is that you stop talking yourself. Show that you are interested and listening attentively by asking questions. Be careful not to interrupt when someone else is speaking. Interrupting someone in mid-sentence is extremely rude and will count as one strike against you in just about any social setting.
Do Not Criticize
Never, never, never criticize someone’s idea or opinion when you meet them for the first time. It is honestly a surefire way to ruin a first impression. Make people feel good and important. If you disagree with them, simply bite your tongue and you’re your opinion to yourself- unless you’d like to chase away a potential customer.
Remember, a good first impression is key, so focus on communicating the right message.
Love & Success,