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How to Make a Great First Impression

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/23/2006 | Self Improvement
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That couldnt be more true, and yet most of us dont even know where to start when it comes to giving people the right idea about who we are and what we can do. When one realizes that causing the wrong first impression can cost you a potential friendship, relationship or job, it suddenly becomes very important that you learn just what to do and say to make a great first impression.

The first thing one has to do when meeting someone is to maintain eye contact. A lot of people have heard this piece of advice and yet they somehow still manage to forget to do it. Someone who has a shifty glance appears dishonest and most people wont want to associate with people they dont find trustworthy. Maintain your eye contact without staring and soon youll be making friends left and right.

Something else people dont often do is listen well during their first meeting with someone. We often concentrate on what others might be thinking rather than on what they are saying. This means we cant properly respond and ask questions. As everyone can probably attest to, this is very annoying and makes one want to end the conversation immediately. After all, if someone isnt listening to what you are saying, why bother talking to them?

Another tip to take to heart is to reduce fidgeting. Even just rubbing your ear or eye while talking can make people think you are distracted or dishonest. Keep your hand movements to a minimum and avoid tugging at your clothing. Doing so makes a person appear confident and relaxed. We all want to associate with people that are comfortable in their own skin. Show people that you are the best person to get to know in the room.

Making an amazing first impression isnt difficult. At first one might spend a lot of time trying to remember just what they should and shouldnt be doing, but after a while it will become second nature. Go one step further and buy yourself a book or do additional research online regarding making good first impressions. There have been many studies done about just what works and what doesnt. Take the time to study a few great social moves and put them into action. Your social life will undoubtedly thank you for years to come.