Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Science Of Making That Great First Impression

Each time a new person meets you, that person takes just 10 seconds to form a whole laundry list of impressions.  It is hard to imagine that in those 10 seconds much verbal communication takes place.  Non-verbal communication is the most important aspect of forming a first impression.

1) Smile - Of all facial expressions, the smile is the most influential.  When we smile, the other person nearly always smiles back.  Remember to smile with your whole face, don't just use your jaw muscle.

2) Eye Contact - Effective eye contact implies confidence, honesty, and interest in the other person.  Lack of eye contact is usually interpreted as a sign of fear, dishonesty, hostility, or boredom.

3) Posture - Practice good posture, although it might feel awkward at first. Posture is one of the first things that someone notices.  Individuals with good posture are associated with being, friendly, intelligent, and confident.

4) Handshake - An effective handshake communicates an unconscious but important message to others about your self-esteem, energy and enthusiasm.

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