Remember the saying you have only one chance to make a first impression? Well that's pretty obvious which is why you should learn what to do to ensure your first impression is a great one. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 6 ways to help you make a great first impression.
Dress How You Want To Be Addressed
You probably already know this, so now you need to apply it. If you want to make a great first impression, dress the part. From head to toe, be sure you are portraying the image of how you want to be seen in the best possible way.
Watch Your Body Language
Your body language speaks volumes, be sure not to be careless with it. Genuine smiles, sincere expressions, purposeful eye contact and well managed emotional reactions and responses are key to making a great first impression. Stand tall and exude confidence and self-assuredness (be careful not to let this border on arrogance or pride because even this should be done in moderation) and you'll be sure to make a great first impression.
Be positive in your interactions, avoid negative or biting sarcastic remarks, be careful with your words, keep it light, upbeat and positive and you'll be sure to make a great first impression.
No one likes to be ignored, so listen to people, make them feel heard and understood. Respond appropriately to their body language, and you'll create a first impression too great to be ignored.
Don't forget your manners. Remember your 'please' and 'thank you's. Be humble, let your tone and actions be respectful and you're sure to leave a great first impression.
Relax and Be Yourself
Whether or not you consider yourself an interesting person, just be relaxed and free with the process. It's not really about you being interesting but about the person finding your words, actions, reactions, gestures and mannerisms interesting, and these can only come through when you are relaxed and yourself. Forget how nervous you are and focus on doing the things you know you should do to make a great first impression. Sometimes, people might not be moved by your jokes or attempts at creating fun and excitement, but they will be moved by your humility, respect and genuine interest in them and their words.