by Delaney Stekr
Seven seconds; long enough to put your hair up in a bun, watch a quick vine (R.I.P.) or if you are Usain Bolt, run a casual 73 yards. Oh, did I mention that is also all the time you get to make a first impression?
In today’s world, a large portion of business is done online and there are no actual face-to-face encounters. But, that does not diminish the importance of making a good first impression.
First impressions can truly make or break you; whether you are interviewing for a job, meeting new teachers or new friends, it is vital to be able to present yourself in the best light possible in those crucial first seven seconds.
You interact with new people almost every day. Working at your job, new customers come in. It is vital for the success of your business that you make customers feel welcome. Regardless of the situation, you want the first impression people have of you to dazzle.
Several key components make a solid first impression. One of the most important is eye contact. Eye contact assures the person that you are attentive and interested in what they are saying.
Now, this is not an invitation to aggressively stare at everyone who walks past in hopes of making a good impression. But, calm, interested eye contact can really make the person you are meeting feel like they are important. Stand up tall and smile. Exude that confidence that Marian has tried to instill so strongly in you. Positive energy and a big smile will never do you any harm.
If a handshake presents itself, make sure to give a firm one. Please do not do the handshake where your hand is completely limp. If you do, everything from there is just awkward and wrong. Don’t rip their hand off either, but find a happy medium between the two. You can do it; I believe in you.
Now, if this is
a big introduction and you need to nail it, take a minute before you are introduced and take a deep breath. Assume the Superwoman pose. Do not joke or laugh about this, it is serious business.
In case you are unaware of this life-altering stance, I’ll break it down for you.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your hands on your hips and if you are really feeling it, you can silently whisper your mantra.
One of my favorites is “Kid, you’ll move mountains!” from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”
Although meeting someone for the first time can be nerve-wracking, there really is no reason to stress. As long as you stay true to your (lovely) self, then you will dazzle everyone you meet.