How to Make a Great First Impression

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How to Make a Great First 
First impressions can be quite important.
Everyone stereotypes everyone on first impression, even if we are reluctant to do it.
We all get a first impression of a new person that creates a mental image of his or her personality in our 
That image of you often lasts and can affect the relationship that follows.
Another thing is that we often play different roles in relationships. With our parents we play one role, with 
friends another, with someone we are interested in/in love with a third, when shopping for clothes in a store 
a fourth. And so on.
A good or great first impression can create a positive role in the minds of the new people we meet. When we 
meet them again, we are often drawn back into this role. Sometimes it happens almost unconsciously until 
you after a few minutes notice that you have fallen into your old role – like when you meet friends you 
haven´t seen in years – in that dynamic once again. You may not always be drawn into that role. But if you 
do it sure is better to have a positive than a negative role saved for you.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned about improving first impressions. Of course, different environments 
like business meetings with suits and ties or parties with umbrella­drinks come with different goals and 
expectations so figure out what´s appropriate and useful in each meeting.
Act as if you are meeting a good friend
If you just imagine that the person you have just met and are talking to is one of your best friends you’ll 
probably adjust unconsciously and start to smile, open up your body­language to a very friendly and warm 
position and reduce any nervousness or weirdness in your tone of voice and body­language. Don´t overdo it 
though, you might not want to hug and kiss right away.
The nice thing about this is that you may also start to feel positive feelings towards this new person, just as 
you do with your friend when you meet him/her. This is a pretty good starting­point for getting them to 
reciprocate and for developing a good relationship.
Keep you body language open
Smile. Don’t cross your arms or legs. Turn your body towards the people you’re are shaking hands with or 
talking to so that your body language is friendly and open. Make relaxed eye contact – don´t stare – when 
talking or listening. Don´t look the person in the eye all the time. When you break ...
How to Make a Great First
First impressions can be quite important.
Everyone stereotypes everyone on first impression, even if we are reluctant to do it.
We all get a first impression of a new person that creates a mental image of his or her personality in our
That image of you often lasts and can affect the relationship that follows.
Another thing is that we often play different roles in relationships. With our parents we play one role, with
friends another, with someone we are interested in/in love with a third, when shopping for clothes in a store
a fourth. And so on.
A good or great first impression can create a positive role in the minds of the new people we meet. When we
meet them again, we are often drawn back into this role. Sometimes it happens almost unconsciously until
you after a few minutes notice that you have fallen into your old role – like when you meet friends you
haven´t seen in years – in that dynamic once again. You may not always be drawn into that role. But if you
do it sure is better to have a positive than a negative role saved for you.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned about improving first impressions. Of course, different environments
like business meetings with suits and ties or parties with umbrella-drinks come with different goals and
expectations so figure out what´s appropriate and useful in each meeting.
Act as if you are meeting a good friend
If you just imagine that the person you have just met and are talking to is one of your best friends you’ll
probably adjust unconsciously and start to smile, open up your body-language to a very friendly and warm
position and reduce any nervousness or weirdness in your tone of voice and body-language. Don´t overdo it
though, you might not want to hug and kiss right away.
The nice thing about this is that you may also start to feel positive feelings towards this new person, just as
you do with your friend when you meet him/her. This is a pretty good starting-point for getting them to
reciprocate and for developing a good relationship.
Keep you body language open
Smile. Don’t cross your arms or legs. Turn your body towards the people you’re are shaking hands with or
talking to so that your body language is friendly and open. Make relaxed eye contact – don´t stare – when
talking or listening. Don´t look the person in the eye all the time. When you break eye-contact try to do it
kinda slow, don´t let your eyes just dart away. Making eye-contact can be a bit hard or scary but if you
work at it you´ll get used to it.
For more tips, you may want to have a look at 18 Ways to Improve Your Body Language.
Stand up straight
Keeping a good posture certainly improves on the impression one makes. Don´t slouch. Sit or stand up
Be positive
Sometimes you can go in all positive in a first meeting. Sometimes it may not be the best approach to go in
too positive as it can be seen as bit abrasive or inappropriate. A better way to convey a positive attitude in a
first meeting can then be to read the mood of person(s) before you start talking – by just watching them –
and then match it for a short while. Then – when you have an emotional connection and the other person
feels you are similar to him/her – you can let your positivity arise a bit more.
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