It is the eternal conundrum isn’t it? How to come off as impressive or memorable on a first meeting. Recently I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of followers of this website at a fest, and they all essentially had the same question- how to leave a lasting first impression. Whether it is an interview, first date or even first day of class or college, we all want to leave a lasting impression. However, despite creating the best of scenarios inside our head, sometimes we’re unable to implement them in real life. But worry not, because help is at hand as we guide you through the process of leaving a good first impression, step by step.
- Dress to impress.
Well, the importance of dressing powerfully can hardly be overstated. In a world where we all judge a book by its cover, it is imperative that the cover looks like a bestseller. Because as cool as you may think it will look, dressing in a casual shirt and pair of shorts is never a good choice while facing an interview. You may think it’ll give you the laid-back vibe, but it’ll only show your lack of interest/sincerity towards the job. First impression is important.
Bottom line- always dress the part. Like, ALWAYS.
- Be prepared.
If you want to leave a lasting first impression, chances are that you don’t know much about the other person either. So be prepared. Do your research beforehand, even if it is for meeting a potential friend. You should have a wide range of topics for discussion. This will help you avoid small talk and get over those awkward silences. It’ll also show an effort on your part which the other person will surely appreciate.
Sure, you have got a lot of topics to talk about. But don’t just talk, listen. Nobody likes a person who keeps talking all the time and doesn’t give a heed to what everyone else has got to say. It comes off as extremely rude and that is not very good for an impressive first time, is it? On the other hand, when you listen to the other person and make eye contact with them, they feel appreciated and are more likely to well, like you and remember you.
- Don’t be a Nervous Nelly.
Yes, a first date or a job interview will probably send some of us in a tizzy. As a result, many of us clam up and go inside a shell. Do not do that. If required, practice. Say those words out loud and preferably, in front of a mirror. (This is what I did in school, since First standard!) You want to exude confidence and not look like you will melt any second. The person on the other side is just like, probably more scared than you are. Remember, they’re meeting you for the first time too. Our advice? Fake it. And fake it till you make it.
This is perhaps the one trait that you should carry with yourself everywhere. And when you smile, really mean it. A good smile will always reach your eyes from your lips and will instantly send positive vibes to those around you. And if given the chance, who would you choose? Some grumpy person who’s got more lines on his forehead than the forehead itself or someone chirpy who makes you feel good about yourself? Yep. Thought so.
- Be yourself.
Finally, this is the most important thing to remember. Be yourself. If you’re meeting someone for the first time, make sure you’re your honest self. Now that doesn’t mean that you also bring forth your negative traits. But make sure what you portray to the other person is a part of who you are and not someone else. Be authentic and its importance can’t be overstated. When you’re you, you’re the best version of yourself and that is so much easier than pretending to be someone you’re not!
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