It takes only three seconds for someone to judge you when meeting you for the first time. Those three seconds could change your outlook on life - and everyone else's outlook on you.
Whether you like to believe it or not, your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, and your manners determine your success. Yes, I know, you "don't care what others think", right? Well, you should. You don't always have to agree with others' thoughts and opinions, but you should be mindful of them. Like it or not, you need them to get to the top of the success ladder. First impressions are very difficult to reverse or forget. They are the foundation for all future interaction.
Here are a few tips to hone in your first impressions:
Be Postive. Positivity goes a very long way. It helps people be more at ease with you. Nowadays we walk on eggshells while trying not to offend. I'd much rather walk on a beach and feel the sun's warmth. This doesn't mean everything is rainbows and butterflies; but rather than having a pessimistic attitude, just look outside your box for positive solutions.
Be On Time. Punctuality is key. If you are meeting someone for the first time or heading to an interview, make sure to add some buffer time for any possible delays. Their time is just as important as yours, so be considerate. If you're unsure of the location, try driving the route the day before, so you don't get lost on the day of your meeting. There is nothing worse than having to call and say you're lost. That's embarrassing on your side and disappointing on theirs.
Be Yourself. Don't go into a meeting trying to impress. You will more than likely come off as bragging and conceited. Just be you - after all, no one is better at that!
Dress The Part. This doesn't mean for you to hire a professional shopper, hairstylist and makeup artist for your meeting, but rather dress for the occasion. Make sure your understand the proper attire for your meeting. For example, if you are interviewing for a paralegal position, please don't wear jeans and sneakers. Be mindful of your environment.
Shining Individuality. This is most generally a touchy subject because, although it is important to be unique, it is just as equally important to "fit in". It is possible to make a great first impression without completely losing your identity. This goes back to acting and dressing appropriately for the given situation. They expect you to be different. Differences are what make teams and partners great; however, there has to be some common ground that make you connect to their puzzle piece in the grand scheme of things.
To sum it up, don't change who you are, but be mindful of who you're with. Everyone has something great to offer, so just be yourself and let the true you shine through. You make several first impressions every day, so make them great!
Laura Schneider, CAP is an Administrative Mastermind, who teams up with small business owners and solopreneurs to take care of all their “desk work” so they can focus on the parts of their business that LIGHT THEM UP. She's the administrative ying to their entrepreneurial yang.
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