17 Feb Making Impactful First Impressions
Making Impactful First Impressions
When was the last time that you met someone and they surprised you? More often than not, I am sure that it has been a recent event or occasion where this occurred. Maybe in an elevator at work or at a Christmas holiday party. Meeting and greeting new people is a part of our everyday lives. The sooner you have a plan to meet these new connections in your life the better prepared to succeed you will be.
You will never know the person that you were destined to meet if you are not ready to meet them. The person who has the ability to change your life is literally within five minutes of you on a daily basis. What will you do when you encounter them? Sink or swim? The answer to that question lies in you.
Late last year I was on campus at a major university for a ceremony, and what happened afterwards has changed my life forever. I was talking to a family about the event and started discussing military connections that we shared, which at the time I thought was just another casual meeting with friendly people. Little did I know that the person that I just had met was a board member on one of the largest companies in the world. He asked for my business card and the rest will be history.
7 Ways to Make a Great Impression
- Be prepared
- Dress for success
- Greet others with confidence and respect
- Shake hands upon introductions
- Repeat the persons name after stating yours
- Maintain eye contact
- Speak clearly and with enthusiasm
Was that meeting a case of right place at the right time or was I prepared for this to happen? It was not until I drove home a few hours later that I realized whom I had just met. I could have blown the whole encounter if I was just focused on myself. You have to be ready at all times and also allow yourself to come out of your comfort zone to talk to people from all walks of life. You never know who you could or will meet! The seven steps I have outlined above will help you meet that person with confidence while making a lasting first impression.