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First Impressions

first impressionsYou have probably heard hundreds of time how important it is to make a good first impression. The truth is, people form an impression within the first five seconds of meeting someone, good or bad. As a business person, it is essential that you leave people feeling comfortable and wanting to know more about you after meeting. As a result, you make a connection that benefits your company.

 

Methods for Making a Good First Impression

 

Making a good first impression is actually not overly complicated. However, to accomplish this, you will need to make conscious decisions. According to top social psychologists, two impressions are formed when meeting someone for the first time. The first is determining how trustworthy and warm the individual is, and the second is trying to figure out what that person’s intentions are.

 

With this information in mind, consider following some of the recommendations for making a positive first impression.

 

  • Image Management—Included in this are the clothes you wear, your personal grooming, etiquette, and vocal communication. By being aware of these aspects of your image, you accomplish several things. For example, with image management, you actually control what other people perceive. In addition, you inspire confidence in your abilities, project trustworthiness, exude approachability, and open multiple doors of opportunity.

 

  • Punctuality—You can also make a positive first impression by always being on time. Showing up even two minutes late is enough to destroy a potential relationship with a new client. Therefore, make it your mission to be at least 10 minutes early to every appointment.

 

  • Body Language—It is also important that you pay close attention to your body language. As part of this, make sure you offer a warm but firm handshake, never cross your arms, and offer a genuine smile. Throughout the conversation, no matter how lengthy, be sure to maintain eye contact.

 

  • No Cell Phone—One of the worst things you can do is have a cell phone ring while trying to make a good first impression. Before approaching someone, turn your phone to silent. If you receive a call, do not even look to see who is calling. Instead, wait until after the conversation has ended to return the call.

 

  • Be Engaging—Rather than waiting for someone to approach you, be the first one to reach out. This breaks down barriers and puts the other person at ease.

 

  • Be a Good Listener—Finally, to make a positive first impression, make sure you really listen to what the other person has to say. In reality, this is a disciplined action at first, but over time, you become a natural listener.

 

Using Limousine Services

To arrive to meetings on time, there is no better option than hiring a reputable limousine company. When taking a client to dinner, having a chauffeur-driven limo will also make a great first impression.

Posted on Dec 02 2015

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