3 Tips That Really Work In Making Most Of First Impressions
Always remember that “you never get a second chance to make good first impressions.” In business as in social situations, first impressions are crucial; if good they can leave a good image of you in prospect’s mind and if bad they can lose you the confidence of a prospective client and even cost your business badly
A good impression has the potential to open doors of opportunities for you to meet that prospective client again and have a long-lasting relationship. The impressions you give a customer will set the tone for your future business relationship and shows the level of your professionalism or the lack of it. However it is not difficult to give a good first impression every time by following simple guidelines.
The Dress Code
We dress to nines on dates. Why not dress up for business as well? Dressing appropriately to the office, event or meeting in question is very important in first impressions. Appropriate attire gives an impression that you respect your business and customers/clients. If you look successful and confident, then others will have more confidence in you as well.
Showing up to a meeting poorly dressed sends a wrong message to the other person; that you do not care enough about the meeting to bother making a simple effort like dressing appropriately. When you have dressed appropriately, there is also nothing to distract others from your message. Because some industries have a more casual dress code than others, you should try to dress similarly to what others in your industry wear. However, when in doubt as to what to wear, always be on the conservative side
The Body Language
Your body language is obviously the first thing that the person you are meeting will notice about you. A smile or pleasant expression tells the person that you are glad to be with them. If you walk with loosely dropping body and careless gait, you will send the message that you are not interested in the other person.
So the trick here is to stand straight and naturally, with your shoulders back, arms at your side and head up, and the other person obviously will deem you to be interested, enthusiastic and ready to do business. When listening to someone, face the other person with your shoulders squared to theirs, keep your hands at your side and maintain eye contact which normally says you are paying attention.
The greatest way to make a positive first impression is to demonstrate immediately that the other person not you is the center of action and conversation by making sure that you do not do all the talking. One rule of thumb is to try to spend at least as much time listening as talking. If you can happen to illustrate that the spotlight is on you only, you will be closing your door to opportunities.
Demonstrate that you are “other-people-centered” to the other person and are interested in them and what they have to say by taking the time to ask questions and listen. Maintain eye contact with the other person and give them your full attention. Make sure you are speaking clearly and loudly enough for the other person to hear this will also show confidence. By doing all that, first time acquaintances will be eager to see you again.
Last but not least let me encourage you to keep this 3 tips in mind always, they will greatly reduce your fear of doing business with unfamiliar faces and/difficult people. Always be prepared to make good first impression even in unexpected situations and if you are going to meet the said person at the office be friendly to everyone you meet there regardless of their position, that counts as well.