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Every day, we find ourselves in situations in which we are required to make good and lasting impressions on the people we meet. Impressions (either good or bad) go a long way to determine how one will be treated and if one will be taken seriously. So here are some tips on how to make a good, lasting first impression;

Make great effort to be punctual when you are meeting someone for the first time. Try to arrive few minutes earlier before the planned time for the meeting as this will create room for flexibility in case of unplanned situations like traffic.

Your physical appearance matters a lot. A saying goes thus- “Dress the way you want to be addressed”. Your appearance is the first clue to your personality for the person you are meeting for the first time. You don’t need to be addressed like a model or dressed for a wedding, but you should make extra effort in your appearance.

You should be yourself at the same time. The best way to make a good impression on someone is to be your true self. Pretence will only take you so far and lead to lack of trust. A warm and confident smile will put you and your companion at ease.

It will help to be polite and attentive. It is only fair to the person that you pay him/her full attention. Avoid distractions like your mobile phone, or by talking to another person. Apply good manners and be polite. Project a positive attitude even if you are criticized or nervous.

Lastly, be confident. Stand tall, smile, make eye contact and greet the person with a firm handshake. Avoid slouching, nail biting or any other nervous habits.

Faith Ademola-Law

May 23, 2018

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