The first few minutes when you meet someone are critical. You only get one first impression. Strive to improve these essentials in making a good first impression.
- Don’t have your hands in your pocket.
- Make sure your handshake is firm and your thumb is up.
- No fist bump or high fives.
- Your handshake can convey confidence.
- Look them in the eye.
- Make sure your eyes show a smile.
- It tells them you are confident and interested in what they say.
- Make sure to break eye contact some so they don’t feel like you are staring.
Show genuine interest
- Be confident, not arrogant.
- Don’t be all about yourself.
- Make sure your smile is sincere.
- Your looks improve when you smile.
Remember their name
- Remember by repeating to yourself when they first say it.
- Use their name during your conversation.
Have a real conversation
- Don’t start with, “How are you?” or “What’s up?”
- Ask direct questions, “What was the highlight of your week?”