We’re always trying to make good first impressions as we try to grow our businesses by gaining new clients and meeting new people all the time. Today’s guest is a regular on the show – Dr. Joyce Knudsen – an Impression Management Counselor; she helps people with creating lasting impressions not only in social media but also in one on one.
Key things to making a great impression
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a you’re in the corporate world, these days it’s really hard to make a great impression because people are so caught with doing so many things but the key thing is to be present in the moment, you have to give all of your attention – good eye contact, standing up straight, being ready to listen – and know the accepted personal space in the culture in which you are operating. It also helps to exercise proper etiquette – that helps to make other people comfortable – it’s not about you but rather it’s about the other person and making them feel comfortable to talk to or deal with you. Although it’s hard to be present in the moment – that’s hard, but it’s very important for the person you’re meeting to feel that you are giving undivided attention – so put away your phone.
Make a lasting impression and be successful…
Another important thing is to be on time because wasting people’s time is disrespectful and will not create a great lasting impression. Once an impression is formed, it’s very difficult change that. You have to engage the person so that they will be willing to give you another opportunity to deal with them again. There are those persons who know how to be successful and those who don’t; successful persons will display proper etiquette – respect people’s time, be present in the moment.
Simple rules to live by…to make a great impression.
- Be present in the moment – turn that cell phone off.
- Be on time.
- Be careful of your body language – do not cross your arms, make eye contact and make other people comfortable.
- Recognize the person you’re with and make them the center of attention.