Blog written by recruiter Koreena Geisler-Wagner.
Impressions are everything. The mark you leave after having met another individual is something that will affect your interaction with them at all future points of correspondence. In his article “Two Snap Judgments People Make When They First Meet You,” Dr Travis Bradberry discusses how first impressions are based on subconsciously answering a simple question (“can I trust this person?”), how first impressions are made within seconds, and how to better control how other perceive you in the initial impression. Here are a few of our favorite tips:
- Let the other person speak first. This shows that you are more apt to listen rather than trying to make sure your voice is heard.
- Use positive body language. It’s not enough to just say you’re “listening” to someone- you have to actively display a listener’s body language: maintain eye contact, uncross your arms, lean toward the speaker, nod and verbalize understanding throughout.
- Do your homework. Doing a bit of background on a company or individual before speaking with them shows you took the extra time to compile information and be an informed listener and conversationalist.
Today’s message for good first impressions brought to you by Contemporaries.