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Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Impressions

Within the first few seconds of any new encounter, you will be evaluated by the other person.

This initial impression form the basis of all future thoughts from the other individual and hence is extremely important in our interpersonal relationships.

As Will Rogers once commented

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

Hence, whether be it in your social or professional life, it is important to learn how to create a positive first impression.

Follow the Rule of Ten when it comes to first impressions

- It takes only 10 seconds for people to form an opinion of you. This opinion remains in their minds and there will rarely be a second chance to change it.

- The first 10 words that comes out from your mouth indicates the respect that you have for the other party.

Factors that influence this include your tone of voice, your manner as well as the kind of words which you use which reflect on you as an individual and how you treat the other person.

- We all know that appearance plays an important role in creating a positive first impression.

The top 10 factors that affect our appearance include: A suitable hairstyle, clean hair, vibrant skin, fresh make-up for the ladies, clear eyes, a sincere smile, clean teeth, confident posture, clean attire as well as appropriate accessories.

This article aims to bring across the idea that making a first impression is indeed very important in establishing relationships. The "Rule of Ten" has also provided several factors using which influences a good first impression.

In the next article entitled "How to Make a Great First Impression", i will look at more specific applications of things you can do to make that all-important great first impression that counts!

How to Make a Great First Impression


Patricia Rockwell said...

I don't remember if it was Dear Abby or Ann Landers who tried this little experiment, but the results support your point. She sent a young man with excellent credentials to interview for a job--twice. The first time he went in unshaven, dirty, unironed clothes, messy hair, unprepared, and unfriendly. The next day, he cleaned up and presented himself again (with exactly the same resume). The interviewer didn't even realize it was the same person. He made a much better FIRST impression at his second interview and got the job!

Anonymous said...

Great article.
Keep up the good work.

Ed said...

You really have a nice blog! I really enjoy reading it. Keep up the good work with great posts!:) Just a question, I'm that type of person who doesn't really put hair gel, wax etc..but it's not that messy though. Do you think that would really affect my first impression with whom I'm dealing with? Thanks

Wenbin Nah said...

Hi Ed,

I guess that it'll depend on the situation which you are in.

For example, if you're at a party, messy hair would be all right.

But if you're in a business environment, you'd wanna be properly groomed.

It ultimately depends on who is your potential listener/audience

Anonymous said...

Very useful post. It's hard to keep things on your mind in situations where a first impression counts, so the rule of 10 is good to remember.