When you’ve failed to make good impressions on people in the past, it’s hard not to lose your self-confidence. But it’s not worth putting your life on hold and avoiding meeting new people.
Bright Side has put together 7 fail-proof ways to make a good impression on others.
Start a conversation in an elevator
Starting a conversation in an elevator or when taking the stairs to the office is a great way to present a brief version of your résumé. Restrict yourself to 3-4 sentences. The ability to conduct a conversation in a nonformal setting will make you more adaptable to circumstances.
The 3 kinds of handshake
There are 3 types of handshake that you need to know about. Enclosing someone’s hand from above is a sign of power; placing it palm-upward is a sign of subservience. When someone sees another as an equal, their hands are on an equal level. This handshake should be used during a first meeting.
Mix business relationships with your personal life
If you’re only able to enter a dialogue about your personal life, you risk seeming unprofessional. If you stick exclusively to business, you won’t be remembered as an individual. Business dealings are often monotonous, so leave something personal to create a long-lasting impression.
From childhood, we’re conditioned to associate warmth with trust. If you always have cold hands or you’re going to a meeting in winter, warm yourself up beforehand with a coffee or by using a hand dryer.
Don’t be afraid to show your drawbacks
Everyone wants to be highly regarded, but flooding a discussion with claims of your uniqueness may put others off. Be authentic, and don’t be afraid to be wrong or make mistakes. By allowing someone to correct you, you’ll connect with them.
Practice for an upcoming meeting
Imagine a first meeting with somebody. Try to construct the dialogue you would expect to be engaged in. Prepare questions and a short description of yourself. It’s always worth preparing for a meeting in this way, as an actor does for a play or movie.
Work on your image
Before meeting with new people, thoroughly consider the image you want to adopt. It’s enough to just make something about your appearance unique. You should aim to show that you have a sense of style. That way you’ll create an impression of self-confidence and independence.