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First Impressions: 8 Science Backed Strategies To Make a Lasting Impression
First impressions are everything. The science proves it: you only get one chance to make a good impression so you have to make it count. In this video, I want to teach you eight science-backed strategies to making an incredible, lasting, captivating first impression. How did I just do on mine?

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Thin-Slicing

Studies have found that we not only decide if we like someone in the first few seconds, but also that the first impression stays with us.

Thin-slicing is when we take a mental snapshot of someone...

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Self-Evaluation

Choose ONE word from this list of adjectives or pick your own to fill in the blank. When people first meet me, they think I am_____

  • Charismatic or boring
  • Outgoing or shy
  • ...

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Ideal Firsts

How can you ensure people are judging you accurately and also seeing your best side? 

The most important thing to do for giving a good impression is to set your intention. R...

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Perfect Your Handshake

People can judge our personality from handshakes alone. What does yours say?

Your goal is that your nonverbal shows whomever you’re interacting with that you’re calm, confident and pow...

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Stand in a Launch Position

Stand in a Launch Position
Your stance is actually more important than your posture.
  • Your toes – which should always be pointed toward the person you are speaking with.
  • Your hands – should always be...

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Avoid bad days

There is almost no way to make a good first impression if you are having a bad day. If you have to go to an event, find a way to snap yourself out of your bad mood. 

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Think about your ornaments

Clothes, makeup, jewelry, watches, and shoes are all types of ornamentation, and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments.

Get some of your favorite outfits or ...

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  • Dress appropriately for an occasion.
  • Address everyone respectfully, such as by their last name.
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A confident, relaxed smile is the best way to put other people at ease. 

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Good Manners basics

  • Language. “Please,” “Thank You,” and “You’re Welcome,” demonstrate to others that you value their effort, thought, and/or generosity.
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First impressions matter

Studies agree that you have less than 30 seconds to impress someone. Some studies even state that you have only seven seconds before someone makes a judgement. 

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Show confidence in your body language

When you’re nervous, it shows in the way you’re standing or what you’re doing with your hands. The same goes for when you’re confident. Standing tall and making eye contact shows confidence. 

If you need a quick boost of confidence, take a power pose. One great power pose is the wonder woman – your hands on your hips, legs out in a V shape, shoulders and back straight, and chin slightly up. 

Be aware of the way you speak

  • Speak clearly and with an even tone. Not too loud or too quiet, as you could come across as dominating or shy.
  • Using filler words such as ‘um’ or ‘so’ or filling in gaps with ‘like’ or ‘you know’ will make you seem less knowledgeable. Pay special attention to your usage of the word ‘like’.
  • If you need time to compose your thoughts, simply pause, or restate the question.

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