A GLIMPSE INTO THE MARCH COFFEE CONNECTION, HOSTED BY MACY'S: How to Make a Great First Impression with Confidence and Style
By: Dena Lefkowitz, Esq., PCC
Did you know that first impressions are formed within 7-30 seconds of meeting a person? And a large percentage of that initial impression is nonverbal. In other words, we take each other in, size each other up, and we do it all before a single word is spoken.
First impressions run the gamut from people you encounter in your daily round, to networking events, to job interviews, public speaking and even dates. There are steps you can take to put the best foot forward in every scenario.
Our brains make judgments in seconds. Nonverbal cues will be taken from posture, body language, gait, facial expressions, eye contact, handshakes, personal grooming, and clothing. When you want to make a good impression, focus on where you stand on each front. Assess yourself and ask for opinions from people you trust. They will see things that you don’t.
A personal trainer I had many years ago said “make good posture part of your day.” Like any long-standing, entrenched habit, slouching was a hard one to break. The fact that I remember his words many years later is a testament to how many times I remind myself as I slump over a book or hunch over my computer.