No matter whether it’s your first day of work, you’re headed to a networking event, or planning to meet a colleague for coffee – you always want to make a good first impression. First impressions can sometimes make or break you. So, you always want to start off on the right foot. Below are a few tips I use to make a lasting first impression.
First impressions could be the difference between a yes or a no. So always aim to make a good first impression
Whether people like to admit it or not, we are naturally visual creatures. No matter how smart you are, unfortunately your appearance will usually always be the first thing someone sees about you – so you want to make sure you look presentable. A few things I keep in mind when considering how I can make a great first impression is how do I want to be perceived by others? I want others to think I am well put together, welcoming and confident.
A good way to show how well put together you are is through your outfit. Take some time to plan out your outfit and really put some thought into it. Choose colors that are professional yet capture your personality, and don’t skip out on the accessories. I love adding a statement necklace to my outfits because they are great conversation starters. It never fails. Every time I’m out with a statement piece, someone always compliments it ultimately leading to a conversation. This is a great way to get a conversation started for anyone that may be introverted or shy.
Nothing says welcoming quite like a smile. A smile is the easiest way to come off warm and inviting – which is always the vibe you want to give off when meeting someone for the first time. Before a big event or meeting someone for the first, I like to make sure my smile is on point. I do this by using my teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant. This two-step whitening kit is user friendly and can be done before bed to ensure great results the next day. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see my results and stay tuned for a more in-depth review. With a great smile and a great outfit, you’re bound to exude confidence.
Prepare Talking Points
I always say that I’m an introverted, extrovert. I can sometimes be awkward in social settings – especially when it’s my first-time meeting someone. To help myself overcome this, I prepare talking points or topics/questions I want to cover in the meeting. If I’m going to a networking event, I’ll prepare talking points that help me to gain valuable information I might be trying to find out or will possibly need in the future. With any situation you go into, always think beforehand how you can prepare yourself to not only get valuable information out of the meeting, but what can you bring to the table to show your guest that you too are valuable. Once you find out how you can be of value, be sure to prepare a few points around that topic. If you’re an entry-level employee like me, you may be thinking, how can I provide value to those senior to me? Just remember you are in that room or at that meeting for a reason. You too have something to offer.
A healthy professional relationship is 50/50. Remember to not only seek value, but to be valuable
While people may not remember everything you said, they’ll always remember how you made them feel. Go into any new experience with an open mind and positive attitude. Don’t be so quick to write people off because you think they “don’t have anything to offer you”. Remember to treat the janitor the same way you would treat the CEO. You can learn something from every person you meet (whether that’s what to do or what not to do) and you may miss out on a valuable learning experience by having a bad attitude. So, do yourself a favor, lose the attitude and walk into the situation with a positive outlook.
When trying to make a good impression, it’s important to come off confident and professional but it’s even more important to also be you. Don’t feel like you must completely change who you are to make a good first impression. If anything, being human and showing aspects of your personality will help you to be more memorable.
What are some tips you have for those of us looking to make a good impression? Leave a comment down below and let’s all chat!