As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why it’s always important to put your best foot forward when meeting new people. Whether you are meeting a potential employer or employee, a first date, or a complete stranger, there are a number of ways to make sure you always make a great first impression. Here are four meet and greet essentials to help you always get off to a good start.
Too often, people go overboard when it comes to making a good first impression in the appearance department. Making a great first impression isn’t about layering on the makeup, hair products, or jewelry, it’s about having a neat, tidy appearance. Generally, when it comes to making a great first impression, a good rule of thumb is to remember less is more.
If you look angry, uptight, or unapproachable, you probably won’t have people flocking to meet you. Unfortunately, when some people get nervous, they get tense, which can sometimes make them seem angry. When you are aware you are going to be meeting new people or meeting someone important, relax, take a deep breath and (if you have it) a moment to settle your nerves.
There is probably nothing more important than appearing friendly and approachable and nothing makes that happen more than a simple smile. You don’t have to plaster on a Julia Roberts 100 Megawatt, or a fake, phony-looking smile, but you should look pleasant and approachable. A few things will help with these. Believe it or not, thinking pleasant thoughts will also give you a pleasant appearance. Since your smile matters so much, having the best smile possible is also important. If you have dark or stained teeth, Montgomery Dental Care suggests getting teeth whitening trays or treatments done when possible.
Practice Your Handshake
Many people feel you can tell a lot about a person just from their handshake, so you want to be sure yours has all the right things. The best way to do this is practice. As awkward as it may seem, shake hands with a few people; a few you know, and a few you don’t, and ask for feedback. You may be surprised by what they have to say.
The need to make a great first impression can happen anytime, anywhere. While you may not always be able to dress appropriately, you can always smile, be approachable, and offer a firm, friendly handshake. Practice the basics, and the rest will take care of itself.