We all try not to judge a book by its cover but we find ourselves doing it anyway. Often times we make quick judgements about someone and then find it hard to change them. That’s why first impressions are so important. They are especially important when meeting with a potential client or leading a presentation.
When our nerves get the best of us, we may find ourselves looking all over the room rather than at the person right in front of us. This can seem as if you’re unengaged or uninterested. When listening and speaking, aim to keep eye contact throughout your conversation. However, be careful not to come across as if you’re having an intense staring contest.
In addition to eye contact, listen attentively and ask relevant questions. This shows that you are truly interested in what they have to say.
Also, give others the chance to completely express their points. Cutting someone off mid-sentence may come across as you not respecting their opinion. Effective listening skills are something you want to be known for among clients and colleagues.
Your body language can be a clear giveaway. It can be easy for others to tell how you really feel and what you’re thinking. Be aware of what your body is doing in certain situations. Your body language may come across differently to others than what you intend. So try to keep your body language open, this makes you seem more approachable and relaxed.
You’ll want to be sure you’re sending the right message with what you wear. This is a visual representation of who you are. You are more likely to leave a positive impression the more together you appear.
Remember you don’t usually get a second chance to make a first impression. So get it right the first time.
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