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For better or worse, the first impression you make on someone has a lasting effect. The first meeting is when a person selects the paint they’ll use to paint their overall impression of you.
It doesn’t matter if you’re meeting a potential business client, future inlaws, a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend, or your daughter’s soccer coach, you want to make a good first impression.
Here are a few suggestions I’ve rounded up:
1. Okay, lean in really close to the screen and “listen” closely: DO NOT make love to your ego in front of someone on the first meeting. O-Kay, NEVER do that, but especially not right off the bat.
“Yeah, nice to meet you. Your red top reminds me of my red Ferrari F430. It set me back $198,667. But it looks so sweet sitting in front of my million dollar house.”
2. Make eye contact. Show that you’re interested in them. Don’t look around the room, down at your shoes, up at the ceiling (nothing’s up there, man)…
3. If you’re in a rotten mood, fake a good one. A bad mood will only bring the other person down. Something they aren’t likely to forgive you for.
4. Remember to speak slowly. Nervousness causes us to speak too fast. Breath your way through the nerves with deep breaths. After the initial “ice breaking”, the nervousness will fade away.
5. Use flattery sparingly. By all means, be generous and kind, but you’ll turn people off by pouring it on too strongly.
6. Adjust your posture, tone of voice, words and gestures to the other person.
Above all, be yourself. Just be your best self!
Now go rock their world.
Make each impression count double,