Most people will judge you within the first few seconds of meeting you, and rarely would that opinion ever change. Therefore, making a good first impression is incredibly important, because you only get one shot at it. You never want to give people an inauthentic impression — many people can intuitively feel if someone is being fake immediately. Here are a few ways you can make sure people’s first impression of you is a good one:
1.) Set an intention. The most important thing to do for giving a good impression is to set your intention. This is especially important before any kind of big event where you would be meeting a lot of people. This can be an incredibly grounding experience and works very well to focus on what kind of energy you want to have for your event.
2.) Think about your ornaments. Clothes, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments. So dress to impress – in the right way of course.
3.) Be conscious of your body language. Body language is a crucial part of first impressions. Everything from your posture to how you carry yourself to the way you’re angling your body. By simply being aware of your body language can result in immediate improvements.
4.) Avoid bad days. If you are in a depressed or anxious mood, others will pick up on this from your facial expressions, comments and body language. If you’re having a bad day, make sure to find a way to snap yourself out of your bad mood.
5.) Be interested and interesting. If you are truly interested in meeting people and are open to learning about who they are, they will get this in a first impression. People want to get to know a little bit about you, but more than anything they like to talk about themselves. Show an interest in the other person and ask questions: it shows that you are inquisitive and caring and goes a long way to winning people over. Small talk can be very effective. This is often contagious and you can make lasting connections.
6.) Smile and have a sense of humor. Last but not least, no one wants to talk to a robot so have a (genuine) smile ready and try to show you have a sense of humor, when it is appropriate, but that you can also be serious when this is required.