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Most of us would like to believe that we don’t judge others. While this may be somewhat true, we often make assumptions about an individual based on the first impression.
Many of us are able to move forward and form a final opinion once we get to know an individual. They either confirm what we assumed or we realize we were wrong.
Knowing that assumptions are made after the first impression, it is natural to want to give our best in that moment. Below are several tips on how to make a great first impression in any situation.
- Create a great greeting.
If you are not in a good mood, stay at home. In a new situation with new people, they may not be able to recognize you are having a bad day because they don’t know you. Your mood is often expressed through facial expressions and body language. The last thing you want to do is give off the impression that you do not want to be where you are or that you are not interested. If it is a situation you cannot avoid, try some relaxation techniques or find other techniques that may help you change your negative mood before going out.
There is nothing worse than having an encounter with a really fake person. In any situation it is important to be yourself. You may not want to loudly belch at the office party even if that’s who you are at home, but if you’re not into politics don’t pretend you are. Genuine people are more likable even if they don’t always “fit in.”
These are just a few tips; you have to find what works for you. Be confident, strong, and prepare to put your best foot forward. As an anonymous sage once said, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Jun 2013
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