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Body Language - How to Give a
Great First Impression

In the search for your perfect job, you will need a great CV. A great CV will allow you the chance to make your first impression and if you do so will land you an interview from which to impress.

Once you have landed yourself an interview you now need to make a great first impression in person, here are some tips how:

1. Smile

Facial expressions are something that is extremely important when you are aiming to make a good first impression. After all, who doesn't want positivity to be their personal brand?

This is why having 'smiling' listed at the very beginning is a must. 48 percent of all Americans have the idea that someone's smile is their most important and memorable feature upon meeting someone for the first time.

While smiling is a very important indicator of body language, you don't want to simply have an inauthentic smile all of the time. By forcing your smile and smiling too widely, you will end up looking as though you are using body language to cover up your real feelings. It might either come across as covering up being nervous or it might even come across as being arrogant. A small grin can really go a long way.

Smiling can make others feel much more comfortable to be around you. Along with this, it can even decrease associated stress that you might be feeling which can have positive impacts on your health. This is something that has been showcased in various studies; smiling is very much correlated with having increased longevity.

Because creating a good first impression with someone is likely to increase your stress level, smiling is a good way to counteract the heightened stress level.

2. Having A Good Handshake

Giving someone a handshake is the universally accepted sign of respect and politeness. Having a good handshake can inspire confidence.

While it might make you roll your eyes, having a proper handshake takes work. You will want to tip-toe the line of squeezing too hard and having a completely dead fish grip.

When meeting someone that you have known for a long time, you could ask them what they think of your handshake after you give it to them. You will be able to get valuable intel on what they think about your handshake without having to worry about being critiqued by someone that you don't know.

3. Intros

When meeting someone for the first time, you want your first 7 seconds to be productive. Therefore, it is a good idea to attempt to give a verbal introduction as you are meeting new people.

You can have something basic along the lines of "it's nice to meet you" which can help to reduce the tension. If you are someone that is not good at remembering names, you can always use the intro when you meet someone as a good way to reinforce their name and really drill it down in your memory.

You don't have to make it overly complicated. When someone introduces them-self as Joe, you can simply reply with a genuine smile and say, "Excellent to meet you, Joe. I'm Henry." This will allow you to reinforce their name with your intro to help you remember their name.

4. Speak as Clearly as Possible

According to Exceptional Resume Writers, a lot of people have plenty of good things to say but they fail to speak with any sort of confidence at all.

This is a shame because it is one of the reasons these people tend to get overlooked. Sometimes it is much more about how you say something than what you say. Ideally, you want to be able to portray yourself as confident and intelligent and give whomever you are meeting a good reason to continue to listen to what you have to say. While you don't want to get overly loud, those that speak in a deep and calm voice tend to be taken much more seriously, according to studies.

5. Eye Contact

Having proper eye contact can convey to the person that you are talking to that you are confident and that you have full interest in what they are saying.

In various Western countries like the United States, eye contact is something that is used to show respect to whomever you are talking to. It is also something that can convey to someone that you are interested in what they are saying. Looking away from someone as they are speaking directly to you can indicate that you are not interested in what they are saying or that you are not even listening.

6. Use Body Language

One of the things that we typically do without even knowing it is mirror each other's body language. Therefore, you might want to incorporate some of the other person's body language into your non-verbal cues to showcase that you have things in common and that you feel similar ways. If you pick up on someone's body language and you direct it back to them, it can help you connect in a much deeper way and it can help give off better energy to others.


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