Lately, I’ve been meeting a lot of new people and there has been times where I was nervous and wanted to make sure I left a good impression. Luckily, someone above was looking out for me and sent me a sign in the form of a Inc. magazine article called “4 ways to Make a Killer Impression” (ha, signs are everywhere, right?).
These 4 pieces of advice are truly gems, and when I used them, I left a impression that was proven with a greatly paid compliment.
1. Polish Your Look
Think your haircut won’t be noticed? You’re wrong. When meeting new people, remember: Research proves appearances signficantly affect perceptions.
-A first time meeting is not the time to pull off the “disheveled, I’m not trying but I really am trying to look cool” look. If you want to impress someone, its with a polished, clean, business-minded fresh look. Nothing says I want this to go well like well-intentioned effort.
2. Let the Other Person Talk
If you want to establish an immediate trust, stay silent. Letting others have the floor first makes you seem warm and trustworthy.
-I love the saying “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” As I’m venturing into a new project and with that, a new territory, there are others in the room that know plenty more than me. So how do I get to their level of knowledge and success? By listening, absorbing and learning.
3. Decide on Your Intention
Before walking into an event, consider the image you would like to project and the people in the room you would like to meet. Focus and energy matter.
-I think this applies to an event, meeting, social setting, etc. I’m a true believer in prep work. I wish I could just swing it but that’s not my DNA. I like to think about my purpose, my intention and what I would like to get out of the setting. I agree, be focused and be positive. Energy is everything.
4. Reveal Your Flaws.
Its tempting to think that perfection is the key to a first impression. But revealing that you’re only human makes for a more genuine, meaningful connections.
-A mentor of mine says something that I love so much, “The key is to know what you’re good at and what you’re not, and admit it.” In my past life, I lived as a perfectionist, and it served no one in the end including myself. Be true to you, always. Besides, people like working with people, not robots.
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