Top 10 Tips to Make a Great First Impression in Business

Albert Einstein's first impression
Everyone has heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”
Make a great first impression in business and those new relationships will lead to more meetings, more trust, and (in time) mutually beneficial relationships.

People make decisions about the people they meet within the first 7 seconds.

With these 10 tips, you won’t need a second chance to make a stellar first impression.

How to Make a Great First Impression in Business

  1. Maintain Eye Contact

Maintaining eye contact shows that you’re interested in the person you’re meeting and engaged in the conversation.

  1. Keep an Open, Friendly Face

Having an open, friendly face makes you appear trustworthy. Make sure not to frown or grimace.

  1. Have Good Body Language

Don’t underestimate the importance of body language. Stand up straight and don’t cross your arms, which portrays defensiveness.

  1. Be Genuine

Always be yourself and be honest. Don’t try to talk about things you don’t know or pretend to be someone you’re not.

  1. Don’t Boast

Nobody likes a braggart. Try not to boast or name-drop, otherwise people will get a sour vibe from you.

  1. Smile

As the saying goes, “A smile is the universal welcome.” Having natural smile when you first meet someone makes them feel comfortable around you.

  1. Appearances Matter

Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the occasion. Having good hygiene goes a long way as well.

  1. Use the Person’s Name

Using your new acquaintance’s name in conversation demonstrates that you are a good listener. It also helps you remember their name for future encounters.

  1. Have a Positive Mindset

Keep a positive mindset and exude confidence, and people will naturally enjoy your presence.

  1.  Practice

If you’re nervous about making a good first impression, practice makes perfect.

If you follow these 10 tips here, you’ll be sure to make a great first impression every time – one that leads to long-lasting, profitable relationships.

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Author: Rachel Sheldon