You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression – Andrew Grant
It is your first impression which leaves an impression forever on the other person. An irreversible opinion is formed within few seconds. Communication is not necessary to form that opinion. It could be your gestures, body language, style or appearance that may contribute. You can’t rectify your first impression but can take precautions to build that ever-lasting first impression.
Whether it is your career or social circle, follow these 5 tips to form that charismatic opinion about yourself.
Imagine how upset you get when your best friend arrives late for a coffee date or movie. You ignore because you know her. But time is essence and should not be taken for granted when it comes to making that first impression. Leave early to arrive before time or if you are running late then call the other person and let them know. Stuck in traffic or could not get auto is an excuse we all have used before!
#2 Individuality Matters
In every relationship, it is important for you to be yourself. Don’t try to pretend someone who you are not or try to appease someone to get them to like you. Relationships are built for lifetime. Don’t pour your heart out but do not fake it. If something is making you uncomfortable, then do let the other person know.
#3 Dress Up Accordingly
Know the event you are attending and dress appropriately. If you are going for an interview, then wear a suit or formal jacket to the office. You could also ask the HR regarding the dress code. If you are a girl, then avoid heels when you are going for a date or an interview.
#4 Code of Conduct
Keep a tab of how you speak and what you speak. Don’t use jargons which you use with your friends or office buddies. There could be a possibility that the other person may not your jargons. Also, remember your table manners – don’t speak while eating and be gentle with the cutlery. Crack a joke to lighten up the moment if you sense any discomfort around yourself. Always smile when you talk as it will ease the other person.
#5 Maintain Balance Between Speaking & Listening
It is not about you. Nobody likes to hear a pompous and self-centered individual. Present your point or say what you would like to and then give other person an opportunity to present their thoughts. At the same time, do not restrict yourself. Don’t be mum and just agree to what other person says. Express yourself but be polite.