FACT: When you are presented well you feel and often act more confident.
According to Business Insider, first impressions are made within 7 seconds. If poor first impressions are made, it can be difficult to undo them and they set the tone for future encounters. Remember, a picture can be worth a thousand words.
Often first impressions aren’t just based on your clothes or physical appearance, it can also be formed based on your attitude, engagement, body language, mannerisms and demeanour. A lot of people also report that a handshake can form an immediate impression of someone.
So it’s important to realise how first impressions, whether in a social or professional environment can impact your relationships, networking opportunities and professional growth. Once you recognise the significance impressions play, you can work at improving your “image”.
Have a look at what you should do vs. what you shouldn’t and keep these in mind.
Take a quick self audit;
– Are you clothes, make-up, jewellery, facial hair, piercings, balanced to show who you are without distracting from what can do and bring to the table?
– Do you over-share information or are you too quiet? Find the balance of being open and friendly without going into too much information. On the same token if you are too reserved and quiet people can’t get a real impression of who you are.
– Do you look positive, open, trustworthy?
– How is your body language? Do you have a firm (not too strong) hand shake, are you able to hold eye contact?
It is about being yourself while taking some factors into consideration to show people your best qualities which will put you in a positive position and help form the beginning of a relationship, whether it be personal or professional. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, remember to breathe and relax and show who you are while being polite and considerate of others.