How to Make a Good First Impression

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First impressions matter… a lot. So, you’ve painstakingly put on your makeup, dressed in your best clothes, and added some expensive jewelry and accessories. You should knock ’em out, right? Not necessarily…

There’s more to a good first impression than meets the eye. Unfortunately, humans are quick to judge. You can completely blow it if you don’t consider everything, including who you’re meeting and how they will perceive you in the environment where the introductions will take place.

If the first impression is bad, you won’t always have a second chance. So how do you put your best foot forward and impress others with your good looks, grace and charm? There are several ways to show that you’re not only approachable, but quite charismatic.

Appearance

Let’s face it, your appearance is the first thing people are going to notice about you. The importance is unmistakable. You have just seconds to grab that person’s attention and show off your finer points.

Dress appropriately for the occasion and the weather.  If you’re headed to a business meeting or job interview, keep your attire professional and simple. On the other hand, a party or night out on the town may call for something fun and just a little flirty. If you’re not certain how to dress, err on the side of caution and be conservative.

Keep your makeup fresh and natural-looking. People need to see the “real” you and if there’s a hint of deception, you’ll strike out. Choose a hairstyle that compliments your clothing and flatters your face. A style that’s neat and low-maintenance usually does the trick.

Body Language

Good posture is very important, so stand up straight and be confident. To be sociable, open up and smile. Make eye contact and show interest in your new acquaintance. A short but firm handshake is always welcome and crucial in business settings.

Tension and nervousness emerge in several ways, such as facial expressions and gestures. There’s nothing more disconcerting than meeting someone who obviously doesn’t want to be there — that is not the first impression you want to make. Keep your hands off of your hips and don’t cross them. Relax, don’t fidget, and be yourself.

Content and Conversation

Believe it or not, what you say and how you say it are not nearly as important as appearance and body language, but don’t discount it. Carry on an intelligent conversation and show interest in what the other person has to say. If you make them feel well-received and worthy, chances are, that will be reciprocated.

Don’t sweat it. To make the best first impression, prepare yourself and focus on good things. Be optimistic, enjoy yourself and have fun. Isn’t that what life’s all about?

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