Tips To Make The Best First Impression Every Time
First impressions are very important because they can be very hard to shake – especially a negative first impression. First impressions are also often based solely on non-verbal cues rather than what is actually said.
Be sure to make the best first impression every time you meet someone new by reading the following tips:
Make eye contact, but don’t stare!
Eye contact is super important because if you are looking down or looking away this sends the message that you are not particularly interested in what the other person is saying.
Avoid crossing limbs
Crossing your arms, hands, or legs comes off as being guarded and stand-offish because you are literally blocking your body from others. Be sure to keep arms at your sides and avoid crossing your legs.
Stand up straight
Standing up straight shows confidence, while slouching is associated with insecurity. Be sure to keep your shoulders back and your back straight.
Smile with your eyes
Did you know that smiling with your eyes is just as important as smiling with your lips? A fake smile is easily detected when the eyes are not engaged so don’t forget to use them!
Work on your handshake
I’m not sure which is worse, a flat handshake or a painful handshake – try to avoid both! A firm but not too hard handshake shows confidence and that you are engaged in meeting the new person.
Leaning slightly forward while someone is speaking to you is your body’s way of showing you are interested and engaged. The opposite is true when you lean back.
When you first meet someone, try not to complain. Even just complaining about the weather comes off as negative and can make others associated negativity with you. It’s a good idea to be positive whenever possible, but especially important when you are first meeting someone.
Use the above tips to make the best first impression every time, whether it be at a job interview or at a party.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.
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