How Do You Do? 7 Ways To Make A Good First Impression

What can you do, though, when you really want to stand out from the crowd? Of course it makes a difference whether you have spoken with the person before, perhaps on the phone or by email, but for our purposes today, let’s assume you’ve never met these people before.

Since we’ve all learned of those basic factors, they aren’t really going to make you stand out, are they? What can you do that’s above and beyond, that’s unique in an exceptional way? Really, what other things can you do to help make a good impression?

1. Do research 

If you don’t know whom you are meeting with or much about her company, do some research. Find out names and functions. Find out titles. If you can, find out what the company does and the way people function within it. You’ll be several steps ahead in the ‘getting to know you’ game.

2. Be positive

No need for risqué jokes, but do smile. Being upbeat and positive leaves others with a great feeling in response to you because it’s truly contagious.

3. Take notes

Don’t be afraid to carry a notepad and take notes. Not only will it help you remember things if the meeting is very long at all, but you will also appear conscientious and detailed.

4. Learn names quickly

Both your research and your notes should help you learn names, but try to at least save them in your short-term memory right away. You will impress the people you are meeting with your memory of course, and you will also be able to keep notes and ideas associated with the right people. This comes in really handy when you meet more people than you were expecting.

5. Listen

One of the best ways to impress people is to listen to them. You not only gain insights into their opinions and ideas, but it also makes them feel important!

6. Be organised

Practice, practice, practice! Whether you are giving a presentation, formal or informal, or you are just discussing some new ideas, have all your ducks in a row. Have documents in order and make sure you have enough copies before you get there. Know in what order you want to discuss your points. Let them see that you plan ahead and know how to organise your thoughts.

7. Be polite

This is actually one of the most basic ways to make a good impression, but it bears repeating regularly. Nothing impresses as well as good manners and kindness.

As you can see from these ways to improve the first impression you make, they all have to do with your behaviour. What you are doing is showing people how they can expect you to behave in the future. It can make the difference not only in whether they remember you, but how they remember you as well!


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Shirley Taylor

Shirley Taylor is the CEO of STTS, communication and leadership specialists. STTS provides services to clients throughout Southeast Asia and beyond, including public workshops, customised in-house training, interactive virtual training, online seminars, keynotes, and conferences. Founder Shirley is a popular keynote speaker, business trainer and author of several international bestselling books, including Model Business Letters, Emails and Other Business Documents seventh edition. Shirley recently launched her wonderfully interactive, state-of-the art virtual training program ‘Business Writing that Works’. Find out more about STTS here or connect via social media below!

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