Most people will judge you within the first second of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. Making a good first impression is incredibly important, and you only get one shot.
Here are some tips on making a killer first impression:
1. Set an intention.
The most important thing to do in giving a strong first impression is set your intention. Before you attend work meetings, networking events, conferences, or even parties prepare yourself by setting your goal or intention for what kind of people you’d like to meet/ who you’d like to have an interaction with.
2. Think about your ornaments.
Clothing, make-up, shoes, and accessories are all types of ornamentation that people take into account when making first judgements. If you are not knowledgable in this area, ask friends who are and try to put together your best outfit/look for making your best first impression.
3. Be body conscious.
Be very conscious of your body language. It is a crucial part of first impressions. Arms crossed would obviously give off a negative feel, try to be open and practice appropriate body posture and disposition. Be aware of yourself and smile!
4. Avoid bad days.
People who go to events after having a bad day bring their negative energy with them into the room. People cant help but notice this. If you are experiencing a bad day either stay home or get rid of it by doing something to change your mood, before you affect others around you and possibly ruin connections.
5. Be interested and interesting.
When meeting people for the first time, approach them with a genuine interest in who they are. People will notice this immediately. If you approach someone in a way that seems uninterested, they will sense it and possibly have the same amount of interest in you right back. In order to make a good connection with someone, you must always start out by understanding you know nothing about them, and act as if you are willing and wanting to get to know who they are.
Always be YOU- you will gain the most respect by standing for what you believe in and being your own true self- that is always more interesting than a phony!