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How to Make a Good First Impression in the 21st Century

Impressions last, and making a good first impression is crucial in various situations, from job interviews, and social gatherings, to networking events. Here are some tips to help you make a positive and memorable first impression.


The one thing we always overlook but is direly important is dressing appropriately. Wear attire that is suitable for the occasion and aligns with the expectations of the environment you’re entering. Wear dull colours to a serious and formal event. Dressing well shows respect, professionalism, and attentiveness to detail. Don’t be shy to take time while picking out what to wear for an event. 

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A good outfit is enough for a first glance, but if you slouch, all the effort goes out the window. Maintain good posture and body language. Stand tall, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake (in a formal setting). Your body language should convey confidence, openness, and friendliness. Avoid crossing your arms, slouching, or fidgeting excessively, as these may communicate discomfort or disinterest. 

Smile genuinely. A warm and genuine smile can immediately create a positive impression. It signals friendliness, approachability, and positivity. A firm handshake and a smile exude confidence and friendliness concurrently.

For a lasting impression, polish up that smile. However, be mindful of the context and situation. Maintain a balance and avoid excessive or forced smiling, as it may come across as insincere.

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Lasting impressions through communication 
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Making a good first impression that lasts.PHOTO/Credits

First and foremost, non-verbal cues speak louder than verbal ones. Be aware of your non-verbal cues. Pay attention to your facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice. Try to convey enthusiasm, interest, and attentiveness through your non-verbal cues. Even when one person does something questionable, don’t be quick to react using your face, they might be related to the CEO. Show active listening by nodding and maintaining good eye contact with the person you’re engaging with.

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Timing is everything, so be mindful of your punctuality. It is essential when aiming to make a good impression. Arrive on time or slightly early for appointments, meetings, interviews, or events. Only bosses are allowed to be fashionable late, for first impressions, 10 minutes early should be the target. Being punctual demonstrates respect for others’ time and indicates your reliability and professionalism.

Whenever you speak, ensure you use positive and confident language. Speak clearly, confidently, and positively. Use a pleasant and respectful tone when engaging in conversation. Avoid negative or self-deprecating comments and focus on highlighting your strengths, achievements, and interests in a humble manner.

Above all, it would be a great time to apply the magic words and etiquette principles we learnt in primary school. Display good manners and courtesy. Politeness, respect, and courtesy go a long way in making a positive impression. Say “please” and “thank you,” be mindful of personal space, and practice active listening. Treat others with kindness and consideration. 

Authenticity sells, so don’t be shy and be your authentic self. While it’s important to make a good impression, don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be authentic and true to yourself. People appreciate genuine interactions, and being yourself allows for more meaningful connections. If you lie and people recognize it, then the first impression they get is that you can’t be trusted. 

Above it all, show confidence without arrogance. Confidence is attractive, but it’s important to strike a balance. Be self-assured, but avoid coming across as arrogant or overly dominant. Show respect for other’s opinions and be open to different perspectives. 

Remember that making a good first impression is only the beginning. Building and maintaining positive relationships require consistent effort, trustworthiness, and ongoing communication. Be rest assured, with these steps, you’ll definitely be considered for a second interview or that pitch will sail through.

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