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You Have 7 Seconds to Make a Smashing First Impression

You can make a good first impression with these tips. (Image: Samo Trebizan/123RF)
You can make a good first impression with these tips. (Image: Samo Trebizan/123RF)

The first 7 seconds are crucial when meeting someone for the first time. In that short space of time, you will lay down the building blocks of a relationship.

Through remembering to use your gracious social etiquette, you will naturally gain respect, and be seen in a favorable light by albeit your date’s parents, your client, your teacher, or your future employer.

Make that first 7 seconds count, and you will be remembered in a positive light for a long time in the future.

Make a smashing first impression: 7 things in 7 seconds- Go!

1. Smile and make good eye contact. This shows that you are ready to listen and communicate effectively.

People will want to get to know you if you have a bubbly disposition (Image:COD Newsroom)

People will want to get to know you if you have a bubbly disposition. (Image: COD Newsroom)

2. Don’t fidget, it shows you are nervous and not feeling confident. People will feel reluctant to place their confidence in you.

3. Shake hands like you mean it; it is one of the most powerful gestures you can make in meeting someone. Half of employers admit to basing their first impression on the handshake alone.

Bank on your handshake as being a big part of your first impression (Image:flickr)

Bank on your handshake as being a big part of your first impression. (Image: flickr)

4. Introduce yourself, it shows you are confident in who you are. Politely ask for their name, it shows you are interested in meeting them.

5. Relax and be yourself. There is nothing more off-putting then watching someone portraying a persona that is not natural—it leaves people thinking: Something’s not quite right with them. You will be considered untrustworthy.

6. Choose your clothes carefully; they are also speaking on your behalf. It’s not so important to be in the best and most recent fashion. However, on a special occasion, or in a professional setting, people will expect you to be dressed smartly in clothes that properly fit the occasion. More than anything, dressing well shows you have self- dignity—a most important trait.

Choose colors and styles that you like, but make sure you are neat, tidy and tailored (Image:flickr)

Choose colors and styles that you like, but make sure you are neat, tidy, and tailored. (Image: flickr)

7. Speak slowly and clearly in a relaxed way. You don’t need to be carrying the conversation; instead listen to others and respond in a calm and genteel manner.

First impressions are instant, and hard to change

This video is a social experiment set up as a mock job interview. The social psychologists behind the scenes are interested in how fast first impressions are made, and if they can be readily changed once the opinion is formed. The outcome will shock you.

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