Whether we meet others for the first time or the tenth, it is essential to project a confident, friendly demeanor that says, “I want to build (or continue to build) a mutually rewarding relationship with you.” Remember, we only have one chance to make a good first impression.
Exercise: Think about what others do to make a good impression on you. Although you must still be yourself and not mimic someone else’s behaviors, reflect on what other successful people do to make a great first impression that you would be comfortable doing. They _____________________.
What would you like to do to be even more impressive in your first encounters? Take some time to list as many characteristics as you can think of. _______________.
Take into consideration that by watching a job candidate or business prospect’s body signals, you can discern
- how confident and assertive, or shy and uncomfortable, they (or you) could be
- whether they come across as obnoxious, personable and confident, are shy or feel inferior (fill in the blank with what you observe)
EXERCISE: Consider how your attitude, energy and appearance are formulating a particular impression in the mind of the one you are speaking with.
- What kind of “vibes” are you giving off in these areas?
- What have you observed in yourself up until now?
- What can a “trustworthy” close friend or confidante tell you?
Write out your next step, you would like to do that with a little practice can become natural for you and then…”Work it!”
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