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6 ways successful people make a great first impression

Ensure a great first impression

  • Smile. A smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone.
  • The right handshake. A proper handshake can convey confidence.
  • Introductions. Throw in a verbal introduction as you meet with people, even something as basic as "great to meet you".
  • Speak clearly.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Use body language. Most of us instinctively mirror each other's body language. Mirroring body language is a non-verbal way of saying "we have something in common."

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6 ways successful people make a great first impression

6 ways successful people make a great first impression

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Ensure a great first impression

  • Smile. A smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone.
  • The right handshake. A proper handshake can convey confidence.
  • Introductions. Throw in a verbal introduction as you meet with people, even something as basic as "great to meet you".
  • Speak clearly.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Use body language. Most of us instinctively mirror each other's body language. Mirroring body language is a non-verbal way of saying "we have something in common."

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Show confidence in your body language

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Be aware of the way you speak
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  • 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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Proper business etiquette
  • Be on time.
  • Dress appropriately for an occasion.
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Smile
A confident, relaxed smile is the best way to put other people at ease. 

Smiling is an important social cue, and that other people will respond to smiles on both a conscious and subliminal level.

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In order to make a good first impression, you should consider checking out the below tips:

  • suitable eye contact: it is a sign of self-confidence. However, do not exaggerate with the duration
  • handshake: a good handshake is at the same time firm, warm and dry
  • the proper voice: your voice should make proof of self-confidence as well
  • dress similarly to the other person: this way, you will give the impression of familiarity and equal terms
  • appreciate cleanliness: your face and your home should always be sparkling clean
  • find the appropriate posture: relaxed and open postures are preferred to make a good impression.
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Estimate the resources you need

It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Just a quick outline will help. The point is to have something that guides you.

Do a quick plan on how much time and effort this idea will take, so you can have a bird’s eye view.

Budget your time and energy

Good planning of resources help you plan out your energy and expectations. 

So plan out your time and resources accordingly and integrate them into your schedule/to-do list. Block out time in your calendar for the project. Give yourself some buffer as well, in case of contingencies.

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