It takes less than 60 seconds to make a first impression. This probably isn’t a news flash to you, is it? We’ve all heard this statistic before.
But let’s really think about it—in less than 60 seconds, a new acquaintance is deciding:
Is this person smart, kind, wise? Trustworthy? Someone I’d like to get to know better?
Whatever situation you’re in- job interview, neighborhood party, PTA meeting, work conference-it’s always smart to do your best to make a great first impression.
In this post, I’m going to give you my #1 tip for how to make a great first impression. Are you ready? Pay Attention.
When you meet someone new, pay attention to him or her.
- Eliminate all distractions. Your smartphone should be set to silent and not be in your hand. Look at your new acquaintance- not over her shoulder to see who is coming in the door.
- Repeat your new acquaintance’s name in your small talk. Check out this post for tips and tricks on remembering names.
- Ask questions. Listen to her answers and ask follow up questions.
- Smile and have good engaging posture. Your body language should show you are interested.
It’s really pretty straightforward and simple to make a great first impression. Just slow down and pay attention. Focus on the person you’re meeting.
Yes, there are other factors in the mix of making a great first impression such as your handshake and your appearance. However, if you don’t master the art of paying attention than the other factors really don’t matter.
Take time to teach your children how to introduce themselves properly and make engaging, polite conversation while focusing on who they are with (no screens!). These are life skills that will set them apart and build their confidence.
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