It’s been said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Many people judge whether they like someone or not based on this initial encounter. Trust is literally determined in 1/10 of a second.
If you want to make a better first impression, these techniques can help you out.
1) Offer a Firm Handshake.
A limp handshake speaks of zero confidence. Give a firm, but not painful, handshake that is about 3 seconds in length. This will communicate positive energy, emotional intelligence, and high levels of self-confidence.
2) Be Straightforward.
Know what you want to say before you say it. Using fillers during a conversation to collect your thoughts, like “um” or “ah,” can offer a first impression that lacks competency or confidence.
3) Actively Listen.
Some people feel like they just have to interject an opinion or comment before the other person has stopped speaking. To improve on your first impression, try active listening skills instead. Ask questions that follow-up on the conversation. This indicates you were paying attention and want to know more about the other person.
4) Turn that Frown Upside Down.
Smiling communicates that you are an approachable person. It can improve the initial perception of trustworthiness. It even communicates that you’re friendly. If you smile too much, however, that trusting impression turns creepy.
5) Eye Contact.
Maintaining eye contact is important because it indicates that your invested in the initial contact. What you don’t want to do is stare that person down. That indicates you’re challenging them. Shift your gaze between the eyes, the nose, and the mouth for best results when meeting someone.
6) Keep Your Boundaries.
People don’t usually like to be touched by strangers. Each person has their own boundary circles of comfort. If you maintain about 2 feet of personal space at all times, your first impression will be remembered in a much more positive way.
7) Open Up.
If you cross your arms against your chest, this makes you appear to be defensive. Hands in the pockets can communicate the same thing. Stay as open as possible and you’ll create the impression that you’re very approachable.
You can do everything right, but still not get the positive vibes that you want. The more you practice these methods, however, then the better your overall first impressions are going to be.