Since we only have about seven seconds to make a good first impression, here are some helpful tips to gain the competitive edge whether at a networking event or in a conference room:

  • Are you taking up enough physical space?  How we hold ourselves says whether we are confident and open for business or shy and closed off.  The best negotiating posture that CEO’s, politician’s and attorneys use is “steepling” where shoulders are erect but relaxed, finger tips are together and elbows are out at your side. You can watch this movement at http://www.transformationacademy.com/?p=557.
  • Tilting your head. It is a sign of good listener but not a powerful position for making a point. Make sure that when you are talking, your chin is up and you are directly facing your audience.