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How to Make a Dynamic and Powerful First Impression Every Time

By Star Report 2 min read

A second chance at a first impression? That doesn't happen. And while it might not even be things you notice you are doing, first impressions happen whether you want them to or not. Your mannerisms, expressions, tone of voice and the overall way you conduct yourself create an impression that can truly end up lasting a lifetime. If the thought of this makes you overwhelmed, don't fret. There are a few tips that can help you make a good impression, in any situation, every time.

Prepare: Before an interview, networking event or a meeting that might involve unfamiliar faces, prepare a little. Familiarize yourself with the industry so that you appear knowledgeable and able to have a lengthy conversation on a topic about a specific company or current event. Brush up on stakeholders, their hobbies and other important professionals who might be there, too.

Listen: Be sure to fully engage in conversation and make eye contact with the speaker. Make sure not to cut others off or interrupt mid-sentence. Let others finish their thoughts and then elaborate on what they have to say. After you have taken in what they have said, respond in a way that does not "one-up" or make it sound like you are trying to sound smarter. Be honest, but be professional. By effectively listening, you will establish strong rapport and gain respect among peers at any event.

Inquire: With effective listening comes effective questions. By successfully preparing for an event or an interview, you will have selected questions that you feel will be important to the people there. Do your best to shy away from surface level questions and be truly interested in the industry, what a professional does, their passions, what they are pursuing and how they got to where they are.

Impress: Seal the deal by dressing for success. Professional attire is important for your own brand and letting others know you care about how you present yourself. Understand what the dress code will be like you so you feel comfortable with those around you. When you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, you will feel confident which will radiate a positive, feel-good impression.

First impressions don't have a delete button, can't be undone and really do last. Whether in a professional setting or meeting someone in a social setting for the first time, these four tips are keys to success. Not only will these suggestions help you make good first impressions, they will help you improve the ways you interact with others on a day-to-day basis.

Originally published Mar 5, 2015 under Explore the latest topics, updated March 19, 2024

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