First impressions can make or break any initial meeting, whether it be an interview, networking event, or presentation. They’re made quickly and can create a lasting impact, so it’s important that you leave a positive one. Here are some easy, effective ways to improve your first impression in any professional setting:
- Overdress. Clothing is one of the first things people notice about others, especially in the professional world. It can demonstrate thoughtfulness and maturity, and help them determine whether or not you’d fit in with their culture. When in doubt, it’s best to use a style guide or overdress for an important meeting to avoid looking unprepared or disinterested.
- Groom your hair. Studies have shown that a combed, healthy head of hair can be a sign of success and professionalism to others. And, like clothing, a thoughtful appearance is often seen as also a sign of attention to detail and respect. If you have issues keeping a consistent hairstyle, consider using a styling gel to keep unruly locks in place or trying a treatment for hair loss to boost overall thickness. These will help ensure that you’re always ready to impress fellow professionals.
- Be aware of your body language. Your body positioning and movements can nonverbally communicate characteristics– both good and bad– to others, so it’s important that you’re aware of what signs you could be accidentally giving. Keep your shoulders and forehead relaxed to avoid seeming closed-off and use your hands when speaking so you appear more warm and friendly. This should help you create a bond with whomever you’re meeting and keep you at the top of their mind.
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Whichever way you decide to go about the way you present yourself in that first meeting, those first few seconds are precious. Be sure you’re using it to your advantage and leaving the most positive impression possible to help you grow your career!