Creating Critical First Impressions

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Creating Critical First Impressions:

Creating Critical First Impressions Getting off to a Good Start Source: Mind Tools

Be on Time:

Be on Time What to do : Plan to arrive early Allow flexibility for possible delays How it helps: It is the first step to creating a great first impression

Be Yourself, Be at Ease:

Be Yourself, Be at Ease Stay calm and confident Be honest and open Express your individuality Follow your own style

Present Yourself Appropriately:

Present Yourself Appropriately Physical appearance matters Take care to dress appropriately Clean and tidy appearance is a must Appropriate dressing and grooming help make a good first impression

A Word About Individuality:

A Word About Individuality “Take pride in whatever it is that makes you different. Individuality is what divides you from the rest.” You can create a good impression without losing your individuality Express your individuality appropriately within the context

A Winning Smile:

A Winning Smile “Smile and the world smiles too.” A warm and confident smile will put you and the other person at ease Don’t go overboard as it can seem insincere

Be Open and Confident:

Be Open and Confident Body language and appearance speak much louder than words - Stand tall - Smile - Make eye contact - Greet with a firm handshake Helps project confidence

Small Talk Goes a Long Way:

Small Talk Goes a Long Way Be prepared with questions which you may have for the person you are meeting. Try to find out if there is anything in common which you share with the person. Being prepared is a great way to carry on a good conversation

Be Positive:

Be Positive Your attitude shows in everything you do Always project a positive attitude Strive to learn and contribute appropriately in an upbeat manner

Be Courteous and Attentive:

Be Courteous and Attentive Turn off your mobile phone during meetings & discussions Give 100% of your attention Exercise common sense Preparation helps to get you across the line

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