How to Make a Good Impression

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You have probably heard the old adage, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression," right? It may be trite but it is true. Fortunately, making a good first impression is not too difficult.

  • Smile! Immediately they will see you as warm and approachable. Also if you give someone a genuine smile, it will be difficult for that person not to smile back. This releases pleasure-causing hormones in their own brain, so they will relate those feelings to you.

  • Make eye contact. This will give the impression that you are honest, trustworthy and self-confident.

  • Pay attention to what the other person says, and use body language to show that you are interested. Stand facing them, without crossing your arms in front of you. And do not interrupt!

  • Ask questions. People love to talk about themselves, so ask about their job, family, car, whatever comes up. Believe it or not, if you are a good listener and allow a person to tell you about him or herself, they will walk away thinking of you as tremendously interesting!

  • Pay attention to your grooming. While it is what is on the inside that really counts, first impressions are largely based on appearance. You don't have to look like a super model! Simply appear clean and well-maintained.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have time, take a look in a full-length mirror prior to meeting someone. Check your teeth for food, brush your hair, make sure your skirt is straight, etc.

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