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My tip is to breathe comfortably, and low (in the belly) and remember to pause as we speak.
Here are 38 more valuable tips and techniques to make a great first impression.
1. Cut the Small Talk
2. Confidant in what i don't know
3. Preparation = Respect
4. Dress in a distinctive style!
5. Genius First Impression Tip
-"I really like you!!!"
-"I can make you look great!"
-"I can do this person a favor."
Top salespeople run an internal dialogue in their minds, which then links up to their body posture. So their whole demeanor (thoughts, expression on their face, tone of their voice, etc.) mirrors their thoughts and makes them appear inviting and friendly.
6. Bodily Harm
1. Posture- Shoulders back, head high and a smile while looking into teh eyes of the person you are meeting.
2. Handshake- Must be firm
3. Clothing- One size does not fit all.Brand your image !
7. The eyes have it!
Make eye contact. This is hard for some people because not only are they often uncomfortable looking at people directly, they can also be distracted by other things around them.I suggest you look at the person when you first start to speak; then, look near the person’s eyes (one side of the nose or other usually works), then as you’re completing what you have to say, make eye contact again.
8. Be Appropriate
9. Do Your Homework!
10. Be Unforgettable - 7 Nuggets
2. Offer a sincere handshake (no limp fish)
3. Repeat person’s name in conversation first 30-seconds
4. Stand tall or sit straight yet natural
5. Smile sincerely (body language says everything)
6. Be inquisitive; ask questions; actively listen
7. Make person glad he or she met you - give for joy of it.
11. The Golden Rule of Networking
12. Winning First Impression Tip
Be every bit as interested in the person you’re meeting as you’d like them to be interested in you.
13. Find and Wear Your Best Colors
14. It's All In The Firm Grip
15. Listen More Than You Talk!
16. Checked the mirror lately?
A prominent local ad agency lost the opportunity to acquire a major account because of the way they dressed when they showed up for a pitch at a conservative establishment. As the potential client's representative said, "They came in with their midriffs bare and worn-out, holey jeans...as if we should have been honored to have them give us the time of day." They never got to pitch again.
17. Meeting Your New BBF
Extend your hand for a quick handshake and as you talk with the person, be sure to ask questions that show your interest.
18. First Impressions 101
The moment one walks thru the door to be interviewed, the interview has begun!
19. Watch the Eyebrows
20. First Impression
21. Making a Great First Impressio
22. Making Great First Impression
23. First Impressions
24. The Art of Saying Hello
25. No-cost first step
26. The clothes DO make the man!
27. Tips For Professional Growth
- It's about relationship building.
- God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak
- Always ask questions that pertain to the other person. People love to talk about themselves.
- Dress appropriately.
Quoted: Transforming your Resume from Military to Civilian, Beth Braccio Hering, CareerBuilder.com writer
28. First Impressions the Safe Way
Appear none threatening take these steps.
1. A sincere smile includes the entire face. False smile is different, the primitive brain senses this.
2. Slightly raise your eyebrows when smiling, sends a recognition signal that it’s safe.
3. Open posture, hands with open arms at the side, feet pointing towards the person
Important points that make a difference
29. Legs, eyes, teeth, hand, mouth
30. The Red Carpet Handshake
The most innocent things imaginable can trigger the "hurt me" processing in the brain.
When you shake hands with someone, slightly rotate your hand out, gently turning your hand with your palm angled up, thereby placing the other persons hand in a "palm down" position. There brain will appreciate it!
31. Dress for Success
32. Show Teeth
33. Be Positive, Its Catching!
34. Your Handshake Speaks Volumes
My dad taught me to use a firm handshake with everyone I meet. I think your handshake speaks volumes, and folks have no clue the poor first impression their handshake may make.
Add "look them in the eye" with a great handshake and you have a home run!
35. The Devil is in the Details
36. Relax and smile!
37. Follow Up!
39. First Impressions
Also, being PRESENT with the other person - making the other person feel heard. It also helps to thank them for their time - whether they spend 30-seconds or 30-minutes with you.