What a first impression to make

We are always being told that first impressions count and that not only applies to how we are in person, the way we conduct yourself but also the environment we are in. If you run a business the latter is especially important. Keeping a clean and tidy office or shop will have a direct impact on how visitors and staff feel about their place of work and your business in general.

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Here are some tips on areas you can look at when trying to make a good personal first impression:

  • Check your appearance

It has been stated that a person can make a snap judgement on how they feel about you based on your appearance within the first 30 seconds. This of course does not mean that you should lose your uniqueness or confirm to a particular stereotype, but it does mean that you have to consider the situation you are going to be in and who you are representing and dress accordingly. For example, if you are going to an important corporate business meeting you wouldn’t turn up in jeans and trainers, equally if you are heading out to an informal lunch with a friend you probably aren’t going to turn up in full business wear (unless of course you are on your lunch break). Appearance is particular important for people in the beauty industry. No one is going to want to visit a hairdresser who doesn’t look after their own hair or go to a salon for a beauty treatment with someone who looks like they have just rolled out of bed. A certain amount of trust in a person’s abilities comes from how they look.

  • Look out for the volume of your voice

Talking too quietly can mean that a person not only struggles to hear what you are saying but can also lose confidence in your abilities. Equally being too loud can be very off putting and can make the person you are talking to feel like their voice is not being heard.

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Body language is our sub conscious communication tool and whilst what you are saying may that you interested and what to learn more about someone or something your body language can contradict this, and you may be displaying boredom and disinterest. It is important to be aware of your own body language and what you may inadvertently be saying to others and it can also  be useful to take not of other people’s body language.