We all know how important first impressions are. As we know, you only get one of them, so you need to make sure that it is a good one. That doesn’t mean that people won’t revise their feelings about you later on as they get to know you more and more – they absolutely will – but at the same time there is never anything you can do about that initial impression after it has been made. And it can have consequences strong enough that mean that you will probably want to make sure it is good enough. So let’s look at how you might improve your first impression fast.
1. Work On Your Presentation.
The way you appear is one of the most important things here. As long as you look your absolute best, it’s much more likely that people are going to have a good first impression of you. That mostly means that you are dressing to occasion, and that you are obviously taking some basic care with regard to your appearance. You are unlikely to make a great impression if you show up in dirty clothes, for instance. It might sound basic, but looking after this stuff is hugely important if you want to make a good first impression towards anyone.
It’s amazing how far a smile can go. To appreciate the power of a smile, it might help you to think about what can happen if you do not smile. Someone who doesn’t smile when meeting another person is likely to come off as rude and brusk, and that is not what you want to do. So be sure to smile wide whenever you meet someone – and if necessary, try to ensure that you have a good smile to work with. You might even want to look into getting your teeth whitened if they are not looking their best at present. Or you might just need to start taking better care of them.
3. Ask Questions.
People largely want to know that you are interested in them, so you need to show that you are by making a point of asking as many questions as you can. The more questions you ask, the more likely you are to come across as genuinely interested in that individual, and you will find that this helps to open up the relationship between you much more effectively. If you start practising this next time you meet someone, you will find it is actually pretty easy to come up with questions for them, and you’ll be amazed what a difference this makes.
4. Be Polite.
It might sound obvious, but you do need to put a lot of effort into making sure that you are coming across as polite. Politeness is a basic social lubricant which you should be careful not to overlook, as it means that people are much more likely to warm to you as you wish them to. You will find the quality of your interactions improve greatly once you focus specifically on trying to be as polite as possible.