First impressions can be hard to shake off. Whether it’s a blind date, a meeting with a potential client, or a job interview. The first few seconds of an encounter with a stranger set the tone for a relationship. And long after that initial encounter, the first impression continues to color how you see a person or how they see you.
And this is the reason we agonize about our interactions with people when we meet them for the first time. Research shows that humans are usually poor judges of how they come across to strangers. We assume we are more attractive, better at our jobs, better drivers, and more adept at academics.
Ask For Feedback On Others’ First Impression
You can take note of other people’s verbal cues. First, are people showing interest in you? Do they agree with you and compliment you?
Ask a handful of your trusted colleagues and friends about the first impression you made on them. Are there any patterns in the answers you receive?
Focus On Others
When you meet someone new, stop the inner monologue. Rather than worrying about the impression you are making, express interest in them. Ask them questions and show genuine interest in what they say.
When you make others feel better about themselves, they will in turn feel better about you.
Finally, relax. Most strangers will not hold you up to the impossible standards you hold yourself to. When you are more relaxed, you will have pleasant interactions and be perceived as enjoyable company.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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