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Dr.Walid ElDirani Dr.Walid ElDirani غير متواجد حالياً
 
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افتراضي Tips on how to make a Great First Impression

Do you know that the first impression and feeling taken about you are considered in the first time meeting with others?
Do you know that every act and reaction you do when you meet somebody for the first time, “draw” your personality in the head of others?
Do you know that most of us don’t pay attention for such activities and gestures we do in the first meeting, whether it was social, personal or business?

It is matter of practice and control, and it is not a big issue to make ourselves familiar with some reactions and gestures that we can perform to make a Great First impression. And it is very important and crucial sometimes, if a little unintended gesture or expression makes success or failure, especially if it is a business’s meeting.
Imagine yourself that you get rejected for a job because you wear jeans pants, and most likely you don’t know that!

Therefore, lets’ take look at the following important tips that I found very important and professional, and that might change our future and our life.

1. Attire
Attire can really make or break a first impression. Always make sure you wear an appropriate dress for the event. When in doubt, err on the side of being too formal. A nice dress does go a longer way in making a great impression that one would think.

2. Grooming and cleanliness
Personal grooming is also equally important. Having well-groomed hair, nails and a tidy appearance will create a positive image of you.

3. Smile
A smile from the heart can do wonders. Smile openly and happily, let it shine through that you are truly glad to meet this person. A winning smile is an unavoidable weapon when you want to charm someone.

4. Eye contact
Eye contact is very important when you first meet someone. It says that you are open and honest, and gives a nice impression of you. Make sure you maintain eye contact.

5. Mirroring
Mirroring the other person’s body language, tone, posture etc is a very important factor when it comes to making a favorable impression. But make sure you do it in a subtle manner, and make the other person sense it subconsciously rather than consciously.

6. Body Language
Keep your body language open. Do not cross your legs or arms, keep your hands so that your palms are visible to the other person.

7. Confidence
Being calm and confident will surely make others take a liking to you. On the other hand, if you appear diffident and nervous, it will make people feel unsure about you and make them ill at ease too. So try to be cool and collected throughout the first meeting.

8. Positivism
It is very important to keep in mind that you should talk only positively the first time you meet someone. Keep away from gossip or negative comments, even if it is just about the weather. People will tend to classify you as a full time whiner even if you are just having a bad day. So remember to talk positive during a first meeting.

9. Listening
Keep your ears open for what others have to say. Most people love to hear their own voice, so a good listener immediately gets an entry to their good books. Resist the temptation to boast or tell long stories about yourself, and let the other person talk. This does not mean being silent though. Ask questions; be interested in the other person. And do join in on the conversation.

10. Manners
Politeness and courtesy are very important. Make sure you are well-mannered and do not make rude comments or racist/sexist jokes.

11. Compliments
A genuine compliment can always make someone warm up to you. And with very little effort it is possible to find something to compliment in every one (unless you are too cynical of course, in which case you would have to put in more effort and combat your natural instincts).

12. Punctuality
Be on time. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Everyone is bound to feel antipathic towards people who keep them waiting, so be a few minutes early. Being late on your first meeting is an irreparable damage.

13. Small talk
Making small talk can be really helpful in bonding. You may even end up finding something in common! So remember to stay current on the latest news and events. Casual conversations before or after you talk business can help smoothen the relationship.

14. Posture
Standing and sitting straight is an important non-verbal cue you send out to others. It helps project an image of confidence and capability.

15. Being yourself
Do not try too hard. Try to relax and be yourself, and don’t think too much. Tell yourself that the people you meet are all human beings after all, and that you will be just fine.

16. Forgiveness
Remember that the person who is meeting you for the first time is also susceptible to faux pas. Give them the benefit of the doubt and cut them some slack even if they aren’t perfect. Who knows, that person may even turn out to be your best friend in the future!


Try to practice these tips, and you will notice the positive improvement in your personality.
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