How many times have you heard the phrase, “First impression is the last impression”? While it is undeniable that to form an opinion about a person, you need to get to know them better, first impressions certainly leave an impact. Be it a first date or a job interview, it is always good to leave a good first impression. First impressions can be nearly impossible to change. Fortunately, for those of you who have no idea how we have made this list of 10 tips to make a great first impression.
1. Be on time.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do while trying to make a good first impression is being on time. Imagine being late for that crucial job interview you’ve been trying to get for months or a crucial date with a cute girl you met. Being late can really ruin someone’s impression of you. How would you feel if someone called you at 12 and then showed up 30 minutes late? It’s always better to be on time or even early if possible. By arriving ahead of time you are preparing yourself and giving yourself some time to visit a restroom and clean up your appearance as well.
2. Dress appropriately.
People may argue saying that appearances don’t matter. But showing up with shabby shoes or a torn jeans to an interview is not considered presentable. Make sure you are appropriately dressed for the occasion. Wearing formal attires for interviews and casual attire for an evening out to meet new people is usually the way to go. Statistics show that the first thing someone sees in you are your shoes. So, make sure your shoes are shiny bright to make a better impression.
3. Work on your handshake.
While something like a handshake may feel very subjective, a handshake can, in fact, enhance someone’s opinion about you. Having a good, firm handshake exudes confidence which is never a bad thing. Someone you’re meeting for the first time thinking you’re confident can be great and work wonders when it comes to them forming an impression about you. This does not mean you squeeze the other person’s hand too tight or too feeble. Shake hands with your friends often and see what works best. This information can help you decide on how best to shake hands with others you meet for the first time.
4. A smile goes a long way.
“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”
A smile can work wonders when trying to create a good first impression. A smile would put the other person at ease and show you as a welcoming and warm individual. This can lead to easier conversation and smoothen the flow of things during your first meet. Be wary though, your smile should be natural and genuine. Giving a fake smile would definitely make things worse, the same can be said for smiling too much as this can come off as creepy.
5. Be wary of your body language.
Watching your body language can be crucial. A good tip would be to look in the mirror when you walk or speak. Or watching a video of you conducting yourself would help too. Watching these cues you can adjust your body language and look for the smaller things like how you use your hands to gesture while talking or where your feet are pointing. Use your body language to project confidence.
6. Initiate conversation if necessary or keep the conversation going.
First meetings are usually awkward. You don’t know much about the other person, neither do they know about you. It would help if you took the first step and initiated conversation. This would show the other person that you are confident and approachable. Having a solid icebreaker would be preferred but in a more professional setting, even a simple hello would do. Make sure to contribute to the conversation. Having just one person speaking can be off-putting. Make sure you give ample time for the other person to speak and respond appropriately.
7. Put those ears to good use, listen.
Having good listening skills is one of the best things one can possess. Not only to make a good first impression but in general as well. There is a big difference between hearing something and actively listening. You should pay attention to what the other person is saying. If you manage to bring up something they said earlier in conversation, they would be really impressed that not only did you listen to what they had to say, you also remembered and this can make a very big difference when initial impressions are postulated.
8. Be Positive.
How would you feel if you meet someone and all they’re doing is complaining?
Being positive is very important for any healthy individual. Nobody wants to be around negative people as they feel they would be dragged down by their negativity. Try to avoid bringing up topics like your depressing love life, or depressing job and instead try to focus on all the good things happening to you. This would leave a positive mark on them as well and maybe even change their outlook on life. For which they will instantly like you.
9. Don’t forget your manners.
As children, we were taught to say sorry, please and thank you. It can’t be stressed enough how much impact manners can have on a person. A person with good manners is instantly more likable than a slob. Be courteous. Thank them when they say something nice about you. Say excuse me after you sneeze, these subtle things will leave a better impression on the person you are meeting with for the first time.
10. Be yourself.
This is probably the most important tip of all. Always be yourself. If you are trying to make a good first impression on someone, chances are you want to be around them often. If you give such people a false image of yourself, this can only lead to disappointment later. Everyone is different and has something unique to offer. Be comfortable in your skin, don’t try to be someone else. If the person you are trying to make a good first impression on does not like the way you are, someone else will. Always be true to yourself and someone will like you for who you are.
These are just some of the tips we can give you on making good impressions. Truly to make a good impression you have to work on the smaller things that may appeal to someone. Each individual is different, try to get to know the person before metting with them to impress them better.