Most people will judge you within the first second of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. Making a good first impression is incredibly important, because you only get one shot at it.

Here are a few ways you can make sure people’s first impression of you is a good one.

1Don’t waste time.

When you’re trying to make a mark, don’t wait. According to a research, you only have the blink of an eye to truly get your act together and impress that person. So to make sure people’s first impression of you is a good one, act quickly and employ some of our strategies outlined below.

2Have a confident handshake.

A firm and friendly handshake is very important when making a good first impression in both social and business circumstances. It not only increases the positive effect toward a favorable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression.

3Wait before you speak.

Instead of just constantly talking about yourself, take an interest in what other people do too. Ask them about themselves. This will impress them, as people love to talk about themselves at parties.

4Make eye contact when you interact.

Maintaining eye contact is crucial if you want to establish trust and transfer integrity toward the person you’re trying to impress. Making a conscious effort to connect with people at eye level will make all the difference in solidifying a strong connection.

5Smile!

Keep it genuine. Let your eyes smile also. A nice smile goes a long way in enhancing your appeal during a first meeting.

6Call people by their names.

There is no sweeter sound for anyone than their own name, so try to remember names of people you encounter and use their names in your communication. They will love it!

7Dress awesome.

Confidence is key, and, sometimes, wearing great clothes translates into confidence and positive interactions. If you care about your own appearance, you’ll likely inspire others to access your personality further.

8Don’t be constantly using your phone.

When you are with someone, be with them. Phones are an amazing piece of technology. But they are also a distraction. Use your phone when it’s appropriate. You don’t need it out every second of every day.

9Give compliments to those who deserve it.

Look for the good in people around you and take the time to let them know you noticed. Compliment them on their clothes, their work, their attitude, anything you can think of.

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