How to make a good first impression?

Well, we all do remember that for some people first impression is the last impression. For this set of people, it would be very difficult to change their opinion. You do not need to be the smartest, wittiest or the most charming person to make a good impression at the first meeting. You do not need to stand out of the crowd to master this skill. From understanding how to initiate a conversation and where to end one, these steps would guide you in taking your networking skills to an all new level.

  • Exude a pleasant personality- greet the people you are meeting with a smile. A handshake is a great way of starting the conversation.
  • Be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Well for ladies; do not wear anything that is inappropriate. You would have more time to focus on the occasion than on the dress.
  • Start a conversation in which both the parties can be involved. The worst part would be making a statement which would lead to a one sided conversation. Introduce yourself and then ask questions. This increases the scope of back and forth interaction.
  • Give an honest introduction. This would help in the other person to be comfortable with you and have trust in you. Something like ‘Hi, I am Kia and it’s the first time I have been here”. Your introduction should set the pavement for a new set of questions to keep the conversation going.
  • Be full of praise- everyone likes compliment. Start your conversation with a compliment about the dress, tie etc. Ensure that the compliment seem genuine and not a forced one.
  • Show interest in what the other person is saying. Ask questions and respond by either nodding to make them feel that you respect and admire them.
  • Always keep eye contact with the person you are talking to. This will keep them interested.
  • Explore common interests and try to involve yourself in the conversation.
  • Understand when the conversation is over. There is no need for delving into the topic any further. Its important to take notice when the other person is winding up the talk, pick up the signals and be ready to make a move.

Start a conversation using these tips at a party or at a business event and let us know how it turns out to be.