The importance of first impressions and how to avoid spoiling them

The importance of first impressions and how to avoid spoiling them

The importance of first impressions and how to avoid spoiling them
The importance of first impressions and how to avoid spoiling them

"A good first impression can bring wonders." - JK Rolling

In psychology, the first impression occurs during the moment when a person encounters another person and creates a mental image of that person. The accuracy of the impression varies with the observer and the target observed. First impressions can create positive experience and long-term business relationships.A good first impression is especially important when it comes to meeting clients, promoting potential clients, or during interviews.
Bad impressions are hard to beat. Whether you make a bad social impression or your career path, this may change the path of your life. Bad impressions can cost you a lot of money.

Initial impression says it all

Initial impression says it all
Initial impression says it all

Perhaps the simplest example of applying the 'everything important' rule includes your photo or appearance. You must have heard the saying that you will never get a second chance to make a good first impression.The truth is that when you first meet someone, they will pass judgment on you within about four seconds, and finish their judgment within 30 seconds of the initial contact.
In a survey of members of the American Staff Counselors (men and women responsible for hiring people for large companies) members generally agreed that they made their decision to hire or not to hire a person within 30 seconds of the first meeting.
Everything in the way you look from the outside is important. If that doesn't help, it hurts you. While you can't control your physical features, you can have total control over your clothes and looks.
In fact, the person consciously says a personal statement about himself with every part of his appearance full control of every detail of your personal appearance and grooming. Be confident during official meetings and business interviews that you will appear strong and influential in all aspects.
Search and read about fashion and clothing appropriate for different areas of life so that you know exactly what you are wearing and how you reflect your personality through it, always remember that small changes in your appearance and in your actions can change your life because they reflect your impact on others.

Here are some examples of bad impressions you can avoid to prevent annoying errors and potential failure

first impressions
first impressions

1- Delaying a very important date

Delay in appointments is always a bad thing. Late, you show disrespect for other people's time.

2. The inconvenience

You might be in a new job, and you're excited. But there is a protocol to follow - which does not include continuous communication.The follow-up phone call can be appropriate in many cases, but the never-ending call at the expense of other customers to the point of irritability is unforgivable.

3. Ignore eye contact

Eye contact will not always provide a warm and mysterious feeling but if you are meeting someone for the first time, you must define a certain level of eye contact. Gazing at your shoes gives the impression that you don't care or care about what's going on or that you're socially shy.

4. Use your cell phone

For many, the use of a cell phone in inappropriate places and places is a great source of frustration. When in a meeting, interview, or other appointment, be sure to turn off your cell phone. Don't even think about answering it or sending a text message.

5. Weak social skills

Before meeting an important person, devise your social skills. Find some things to talk about so you can let your character out. Be ready to ask questions. It is a good idea to be anxious, but if social anxiety completely impedes you, find suitable relaxation methods to practice with.

6. Lack of research

Doing a company interview or meeting a new customer and you know nothing at all doesn’t look good. The company and social media sites are both a great starting point.Do your homework until you have a basic understanding of the types of questions you must ask and what you need to focus on to excel in the job.

7. Very loud sound

Not paying attention to your volume can be misunderstood. Practice in the mirror if you have to adjust it before your meeting as needed. Ask your close friends or family about their views on how you have spoken.

8. Ignore smiling

It is important to be business-oriented and serious, but if you cannot smile, you may lose. Don't be afraid to smile and be friendly.

9. Forget about names

When meeting new people, it is important to keep their names in mind. Calling someone by the wrong name or forgetting the name altogether can spread a bad feeling and can make the person who heard his name feel unimportant.Try using a memory tactic to help you remember names and faces (such as using a person’s name multiple times in your initial conversation).

10. Vanity

If the only thing you are talking about is yourself, people can lose interest very quickly. It's good to highlight your strengths, especially in job interviews, but make sure you have other things to talk about but ready to listen when others talk.(The best thing you can do is ask questions about the other person. People like to talk about themselves so they don't even realize they've talked about themselves, and they'll just think you're so interesting.)

11. Lack of readiness

If you are asked to bring certain things to a meeting and attend suddenly empty-handed, your credibility will be quickly questioned.

12. Lack of writing skills

You might think that being able to communicate with someone using appropriate grammar and spelling is not important. But this shows an attention to detail. Using colloquial language and abbreviations in emails or your CV may make you appear unprofessional.

13. Excessive busy

It's good to be busy but if you keep filling in your time, you will seem unreliable and unprofessional. It is not so difficult to keep a small appointment record with you at all times to ensure that you can deal with your obligations.Once you notice that you are having difficulty keeping up with your obligations, you can only tell the people who are waiting for you that you have not forgotten them, and that you need more time.If you leave people hanging, it makes them feel unimportant and this is strange. Most people will be very tolerant if they know that you have not forgotten their obligations.

14. Saying lies

If you do this because you are trying to get a new customer, promotion or new job you are preparing yourself to fail. People do not like liars, and even a small deviation of the truth can be enough to stop people forever.

When you are ready for an important interview or meeting, are you doing anything specific to make sure you're ready? Share us the comments!

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