How do you make a good first impression? Walking into a room full of strangers. Does that sound intimidating to you? If so, you can relax knowing you are not alone. Many women are shy about meeting new people and may linger back in the shadows to avoid any contact with anyone they do not know. How do you over come that timid attitude and make a good first impression? Keep reading to find a few good tips…
1. Dress in a WOW Outfit
Never wear something that you are not comfortable wearing. When your clothes don’t fit you properly, it seems to make your stress levels rise as you worry over the tight belt or the short skirt you are unaccustomed to wearing. Wear your best, relax, and just be your self. Others will notice and it will make a good first impression.
2. Protray a Friendly, Open Body Posture
Body language goes a long in saying how we really feel. Crossing your arms in front of sends out the message that you do not want anyone intruding. Stand with your shoulders relaxed and your hands gently laced in front of you. This posture says you are relaxed and eager to be warm, open, and friendly.
3. Don’t Smile, Laugh
People can tell a fake smile from a true one. Instead of plastering your lips in an upward curve, tell a funny joke. This will make others laugh which in turn will put a real grin on your lips.
4. Wear the Right Shoes
Believe it or not, people will notice your shoes. Look at the Oscar Red Carpet. In all the details of what the stars wore, it is mentioned about the dress, the hair, and the shoes! Wear pumps for a first good impression. People will notice how classy, confidant, and sophisticated you appear.
5. Make Eye Contact
In order to make a first good impression, others want to know you are interested in them as a person. Making eye contact with them, while you talk and while they talk to you, shows that you are really listening and genuinely interested in getting to them.
6. Ask Questions
When you prompt conversation with someone new, ask questions about them and what they are interested in. People like to feel important and one way to do this is by asking them to talk about themselves. Ask about their hobbies, their job, their favorite foods, anything to get them talking about them. As a result, they may want to ask you the same questions and who knows? A new friendship could be born.
7. Don Not Be Loud or Obnoxious
Loud people seem to get all the attention, but it may be attention you do not really want. In general, people tend to avoid loud talkers. Quite conversation seems to work best, unless of course you are at a party. But then again, it is best not to be too loud, even then.
While you cannot make people like you, you can still sow people you are a caring person! Try these tips, and let me know the results. Have you recently made a good first impression?
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