First Impressions Count
Posted on 13th July 2017 at 11:17
The importance of good body language. We never get a second chance to create a first impression.
We never get a second chance to create a first impression.
Body language can be up to 70% of all communication at the first meeting. Within the first seven seconds of meeting the other person has checked you out visually. If you are not aware of good body language you maybe undermining your networking opportunities by discouraging the other person.
Some tips to good body language;
Good eye contact, the most successful business leaders in the world are renowned for making good eye contact and maintaining it during their discussions, do not let your eyes wander to other people or things during your meeting.
Arm movement - folded arms signifies boredom and a barrier between you and the other person arms behind your back signify interest, never point.
Stance - do not lean on something or against something, it signifies boredom.
Stand an arms lent from the other person, do not invade their space.
Facial expressions - listen closely and show an interest in what the other person is saying.
Mobile phones - make sure your mobile phone does not interrupt your meeting or distract the other person, do not have it visible when it’s a distraction for you.
Name - everybody likes to be called by their name, it can be difficult to remember everyone’s name, try and develop a technique that ensures you remember the name of the person you have met.
Finally - if you’re meeting went well find some way to follow-up with an email or text thanking the person for their time.
Introductory meetings should be used to create a good first impression, make sure when the meeting is over the other person would want to meet you again.
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