Last Updated on: February 21st, 2016
Everyone wants to make a good impression when meeting someone new, whether it be in real life or online. There are many ways to make a good impression. These are the top ten tips for making a good impression, whatever your gender is:
#1 – Dress appropriately – If you are connecting with someone using Skype or a video hangout on Google+, or meeting someone in person, face-to-face, you should be clad in attire that is appropriate. Wearing a bikini or shorts is fine for the beach, but not for a business meeting! Muted colours, such as blue, black or grey are the most popular choices for suits and dresses since they convey professionalism. Also, don’t over-adorn yourself with excessive amounts of jewellery or fashion accessories. Keep your look simple and neat.
#2 – Be properly groomed – Normally this goes without saying, but it is important to remember the fine details like washing, combing and styling your hair (or shaving your head if you are bald!), trimming or shaving your beard/goatee and/or moustache, and having nicely maintained fingernails. Getting a manicure is not just for women, either. Men, you put the “man” in man-icure, so don’t think it feminine to let a professional help you make your hands look nice!
#3 – Have good hygiene – Brush your teeth and use mouthwash to keep your breath fresh. If you are a smoker, carry a pack of mints with you and pop one in your mouth five minutes before the big meeting! Ensure that you smell good by bathing or showering that day (not everyone cleans themselves daily). Since many people are allergic to cologne and perfume, it is best not to wear any. Applying deodorant to mask the stench of body odor or perspiration that may develop throughout the day is something you should do right after your cleansing ritual. Make-up, if it is worn, should be applied lightly, unless you are a clown applying for a job!
#4 – Have a firm, dry handshake and make eye contact – Shaking hands is customary for many people when they meet. If you get nervous easily and your palms become clammy or sweaty, keep a tissue or a handkerchief handy and dry them moments before the meeting. Make eye contact and keep your handshake firm, and use two small pumps of the hand when shaking. These actions demonstrate confidence and professionalism.
#5 – Remember names – People are more receptive when you remember their names. It’s like a compliment to them! It helps to use a memory trick to do this. You might use something about the person to help you remember them, and finding something that begins with the first letter of their name will help. For example, if you meet Sally, you might think “Sexy Sally” or if you meet Bob and he is wearing a blue suit, you might remember his name by thinking “Bob’s blue” – even if he’s happy! You might also find a word that rhymes with or sounds similar to the name you need to remember. For example, Michelle’s swell or Jim’s thin. Repeating the name in your head also helps. Saying it out loud is more effective, and can be done right away by saying, “Pleased to meet you, Corrine.” If you forget someone’s name, apologize and ask them to remind you of it. Don’t try to pretend that you know it when you don’t. If someone’s name is difficult to pronounce or if you aren’t sure if you heard it correctly, then ask them to repeat it. This demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in them, and they will appreciate your efforts.
#6 – Be conscious of your body language – A list of dos and don’ts is required here. Don’t fidget, don’t put your hands in your pockets, don’t cross your arms, don’t slouch, don’t recline your chair, don’t yawn (keep your mouth closed), don’t daydream, and don’t roll your eyes. Instead, stand tall, sit upright, pay attention, and lean in slightly when others are speaking to show that you care about what they are saying, even if you don’t!
#7 – Speak properly and be polite – Refrain from using slang or lingo that may be misunderstood, and don’t cuss or swear! Use your manners (please and thank-you) and speak using proper sentences. Don’t say “yeah” when you mean “yes”. Say “yes”! Also, don’t talk about yourself too much. No one likes a self-centered ego-maniac! (except the ego-maniac)
#8 – Smile – A warm smile goes a long way. No one likes grumpy people, either!
#9 – Be knowledgeable and prepared – Do your research beforehand. Make sure you are up-to-date on your facts and bring any necessary documents or equipment with you. Arrive early to set up technology devices to ensure they are in good working order. Have a back-up plan ready, too. Not everything goes according to plan all the time!
#10 – Be positive, confident, interested and outgoing – Don’t put anyone down. Expressing interest in what the other person has to say is also like a compliment to them. It shows that you care! Use humour when appropriate. Be yourself, and keep it real!
Here is a quick summary of these top ten tips to use to make a good impression:
#1 – Dress appropriately
#2 – Be properly groomed
#3 – Have good hygiene
#4 – Have a firm, dry handshake and make eye contact
#5 – Remember names
#6 – Be conscious of your body language
#7 – Speak properly and be polite
#8 – Smile
#9 – Be knowledgeable and prepared
#10 – Be positive, confident, interested and outgoing
Using these ten tips will guarantee that you make not just a good impression, but a GREAT one!
Update: I created a Slideshare presentation using these tips, and would love to know what you think of it – tell me in the comment section, please and thank-you! Here it is:
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