March 23, 2018
People can tell almost everything they need to know about you in the first 30 seconds after meeting you. From that point on, it’s hard to change their perception of you. How can you ensure that you are making a positive first impression? Powerful body language is a key factor in making a strong first impression. Even if you say all the “right” things, your body language still plays a big role. Here are a few tips that can help ensure that you leave a strong first impression and are remembered by others:
Make Eye Contact
Be sure to make eye contact, as it shows you are confident and care about what the other person has to day. Don’t stare too intensely because that will make others feel uncomfortable. Keeping eye contact between 60-70% of the time is the perfect amount.
Look Your Best
Dress to impress and make sure you are presenting yourself as professionally as possible. Wear flattering clothing that makes you look and feel confident. Stay away from too bright or bold patterns. How you dress, groom and take care of yourself physically shows others that you care about yourself and will leave a positive or negative impression.
Have Good Posture
Posture immediately tells others how you are feeling inside. Sit on the edge of your seat, slightly leaning forward to show that you are engaged and interested in the conversation. Nodding can help show that you agree and are paying attention. Be careful to not be a bobble-head. Don’t cross your arms or legs, as that makes others assume you are closed off or hiding something.
A genuine, warm smile can make someone else feel that you are happy, positive and welcoming. It opens them up to freely converse with you.
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