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5 Simple and Effective Ways to Make a Positive First Impression

The first impression is truly the deal breaker of any interaction. If you want to make sure that you can make a good first impression, then here are five ways to do it.

1. Be confident

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Confidence is attractive, and it can be shown in several different ways. Your confidence is revealed through your body language, tone and posture. If you want your confidence to be part of who you are, you need to truly believe in yourself and your abilities.

Pro tip: When you shake hands, be firm yet gentle. A small handshake can reveal your confidence instantly.

2. Be yourself

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If you are not yourself and pretend to be someone else, people are definitely going to see right through you. You need to be authentic and let people see your real personality. But, before being yourself, you need to make sure that you have a strong personality. You need to know about yourself, your passion, your beliefs and your habits in order to make a good impression. If you don’t know yourself, how is the other person going to know you?

3. Dress to impress

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The first thing a person will notice about you is your outfit. You don’t have to wear the most expensive or trendy clothes. All you need to do is wear clothes you are comfortable in and be polished, if you are uncomfortable or shabby people are immediately going to have a negative impression of you. Try to gather as much information as you can before you go to a particular event or location, to dress accordingly and avoid any issues.

Pro tip: The first thing a person notices unconsciously, are your shoes. So pay close attention to your footwear.

4. Build your connection

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If you want to make a good long lasting impression on someone, try to connect with them. If you find a mutual ground, they are going to remember you in a positive light. You need to bring up topics such as family, interests or likes to explore what you both can connect on. This allows the conversation to go beyond the normal talks on weather and work. The other person gets an opportunity to know you better and connect with you.

5. Share a story

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Research has shown that when an individual shares a story, the listener feels as if they are also a part of that experience. It instantly creates a bond between people. So keep some stories up your sleeves, such as a funny story, an inspirational story or anything of your choice. Try to bring the story in a conversation seamlessly and this will help you make a highly good impression on other people.

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Sucharitha V

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