First Impressions


First impressions are the almost-instant conclusions we draw when meeting someone for the first time. We form this opinion by quickly taking in information about a person, including their face, dress, posture, and tone of voice. Often first impressions are critical with how one perceives and interacts with future contact.


In this section of ‘What to do’ and ‘What not to do,’ you will see why first impressions set the tone for future interactions with an individual. People tend to form opinions and make judgement within the first few seconds of meeting someone. These initial observations can be challenging to change, so it is vital to make a positive first impression to establish credibility. Examples of poor first impressions include an individual revealing too much about themselves, showing up late, or taking over conversations. A strong first impression can also help to create a permanent opinion that can benefit you both personally and professionally.

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