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Sunday, July 27, 2008

How to Make a Great First Impression

In my previous post entitled: First Impressions, I illustrated the importance of making a good first impression.

In this article, we will look at some tips on how we can achieve this.

Appearance Matters

Do take care of your appearance. This counts for a lot to the person whom you are meeting for the very first time.

The factors which we frequently neglect in our appearance include the condition of our shoes and socks as well as the condition of our nails.

Speak Eloquently and Articulate Clearly

Do speak in a clear and confident voice.

Remember to speak at a moderate pace and try to minimize any slang if speaking to somebody from another country. You want the other person to be able to understand you.

Remember to use a tone of voice appropriate to the situation.

Talk in Terms of the Other Person's Interests

Try to talk about things that the other person might be interested about. For example, if you are at a party, ask who invited him or her and how did they know each other.

Check out my post on Conversation Starters for tips on how to better initiate a conversation.

Smile and be Confident

Smile and watch the world smile back at you. Smiling is an excellent way to create a great first impression. But remember not to overdo it.

Remember that non-verbal cues communicate as much information to the other person as compared to what we say. So do remember to be confident and adopt positive and open body body language.

Much of what I've talked about here is common sense. However, once a first impression is created, it will be virtually impossible to change it.

Considering the impact it will have on your future relationship with the other person, it is worth giving your best effort to make the best of any situation.

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Graham Langdon said...

I think this is the one life skill that if you could master will make the biggest impact on your life. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and others' perception of you will forever hinge on it.

Avatar said...

Dear Wenbin,

I find your talk in terms of the other persons interest highly relevant. If one wants to communicate, seek first to understand the other party.


Anonymous said...

Yo Wenbin..

Can I have your IM ID? Thanks man.

I study Mass Communications now and I'll recommend your articles to my teacher.

Anonymous said...

Communication is the golden key to every relationship out there. You have some wonderful points within your article.

I loved the point about talking about others interests, that is such a clincher, people love to talk about themselves, and we are so often saying..well this happened to me, sometimes we must remember it's not all about us.

Himoacs Yanjiaren said...

I always try to listen toothers as that is one key to communicating success. I need to fix my teeth thouhg one day so I can beam out a better quality smile lol.

Strider said...

Hi! I love the way you put it when you wrote: "Smile and watch the world smile back at you."
A smile is truly a universal ice breaker making it possible to connect with people.

Thanks for sharing!

Wenbin Nah said...

Thanks for the quality comments guys... Appreciate it.