4 Tips for Making the Perfect First Impression

First impressions are important in any aspect of life, but perhaps none more so than in the world of business. After all, people won’t want to hire you or invest in your business if they don’t like you personally, nor will you want to work with someone that you don’t respect. Here are a few tips on how to make a perfect first impression:

Make intense & direct eye contact.

  • This conveys that you are confident and secure with who you are. You would be surprised at how many people shy away from making eye contact.

Walk into a room with purpose.

  • Ambling or shuffling to meet someone exhibits a lack of focus or confidence. Walking tall and directly to meet someone is the best approach.

Learn everyone’s name.

  • Not just the person you’re going to meet, but also their assistant’s and secretary’s names. People always appreciate it when someone remembers who they are. It will automatically strengthen whatever connection you’re making.

Be authentic.

  • Ask the questions you really want to know the answers to, and don’t be afraid to openly disagree with someone if you truly feel that way. Honesty, handled tactfully, is always a sign of strength.

Remember: being liked is one thing in business, but being respected is your ultimate goal. Carry yourself with confidence and be courteous and you will make positive, lasting impressions as you form your connections.

Dr. Jennifer Jones, acclaimed psychologist and expert on confidence, outlines the steps to making a memorable first impression.