Career: How to Make the Right First Impression

Al Raig

Whether it is your first day in your new company, meeting a new client, or even ordering your fresh brewed coffee in the morning, people look at your clothes which makes a big difference on your reputation with the people you meet. Before you plan your first big campaign or schedule your client meeting, check out these tips to learn How to Make the Right First Impression.

  1. Be on time

A punctual arrival shows that you are organized, value your work, and considerate of your co-workers and clients' time. Take into consideration of the possible obstacles you might encounter while in transit such as traffic and emergencies.  

If you feel like that you might be late, have the initiative to inform the person you will meet right away. This will show that you value his/her time, and s/he won't mind the extra waiting time.

2. Have confidence and a positive attitude

When it comes to making the first impression, body language and appearance speak much louder than words. Let your enthusiasm show to everyone you interact with. Leave your personal problems at home and concentrate on radiating your excitement with the people around you.

Almost everyone gets a little nervous when meeting someone for the first time, which can lead to nervous habits or sweaty palms. By being aware of your nervous habits, you can try to keep them in check. See our article on relaxation techniques for help on this.

Use your body language to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance as well. Stand tall, smile (of course), make eye contact and greet with a firm handshake. All of these will help you project confidence.

  1.  Smile

As the saying goes, "Smile and the world smiles too." There's nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. It encourages both you and the other person at ease. It is concluded that smiling is a winner when it comes to great first impression! Smiling also have other benefits; if you want to learn more, just go to (LINK)

  1. Be courteous and attentive

A person who has good manners, and is polite, attentive and courteous will always leave a good first impression. Mind the manners you give at all times.

One modern manner worth mentioning is "turn off your mobile phone." Always put in mind, that sometimes, one must disconnect to reconnect. What first impression will you create if you are on your phone speaking to someone other than the person you are meeting for the first time? Your new acquaintance deserves 100% of your attention. Anything less and you'll create a substandard impression.

5. Small talk goes a long way

Ice breaker is a great way to build a conversation rapport. Try to prepare some topics you can talk about beforehand of the meeting. Take advantage of today's technology and social media to see if that person likes to travel or enjoys certain cuisine. But don’t make it too detailed! You don’t want to appear creepy for stalking. Just make it a point that when you meet someone for the first time, you make it an opportunity to learn something about him/her.

  1. Present yourself appropriately

Always remember: personality is not the first thing people see! Your appearance is usually the first clue he or she has to go on. It doesn't mean that you have to be drop dead gorgeous to get that strong and positive first impression. Does your appearance say the correct things to help create the right first impression?

Start with the proper grooming with neatly trimmed and brushed hair, groomed beard for the guys, and properly applied makeup for the ladies. Next is your attire, what is the appropriate attire for the meeting or occasion?

What would be the appropriate attire? Suit? Blazer? Casual? Ask yourself what the person you are meeting is likely to wear – if s/he is in the advertising or the music industry, a pinstripe business suit may not strike the right note! Appropriate attire also varies between countries and cultures, so it's something that you should pay particular attention to. Make sure you know the traditions and norms of the person you are meeting.

A clean, neat and tidy appearance is appropriate for all occasions. This will help you feel the part, which can also boost your confidence. Consider all these tips and you are well on your way to creating a good first impression!

If you have trouble in this stage, don’t worry because we got you covered! A Stylist can help you set your appearance right to the objective you have in mind. Just book a Home Visit and you will get that perfect first impression wardrobe you need.

Don't dress for the position you have, dress for the position you aim to have.”