Mastering the First Impression

Making connections and meeting someone new for the first time, especially in business, can sometimes be daunting. Follow these simple tips to make a great first impression every time!

 

Research. If you know ahead of time you will be meeting a professional contact for the first time you want to be as prepared as possible, so do some research! Nothing creepy and stalker-ish, but important details that may prove useful like their job title, what they do at their company etc. Also, brainstorm ways your professional relationship could be beneficial.

 

Be professional but Sincere. You obviously want to come off professional and knowledgeable in a work setting, but you don’t want to seem stuffy or like a know-it-all either. Be polished but also show a relatable side as well to form a deeper connection with your contact.

 

Be an Attentive Listener. Great listening skills are key to great communication so really focus on what your contact is saying to impress.

 

Dress Up. When you look good, you feel good. And like it or not the first thing your new contact will notice is your outfit, so dress it up a bit to show you are worth their time.

 

Follow Up. This is easily the most important step to making a good impression. All of the steps above mean nothing if you never speak with this new connection again so follow up to say it was great meeting them and you look forward to any collaborations you can do in the future. 

Article by Victoria Casey, Faison OPC