How to Make a Great First Impression

We’re all keen to make a good first impression, but why do we care? Perhaps we want to uphold our image, develop good relationships, or just live to tell the tale with no regrets.

As daunting as it may seem, there’s some good news! Humans are very predictable, which means there are some great techniques you can learn to increase the likelihood of making a winning first impression.

Well known for his appearances at The Comedy Store, in television and film, Neil Mullarkey is also a regular at the London Business Forum and he knows just how important it is to make your first impression count. Neil shares his tips in this video:

Here are 3 things you can start doing today:

  1. Learn about people before you meet them and use this to find something in common. This will help you bond during your first encounter and hopefully leave you both feeling like you made a good impression.
  2. Listen to understand the other person’s needs during the conversation, e.g., if someone tells you they just got a promotion, they’re most likely looking for you to respond with excitement, not apathy. This is called ‘Active Listening’.
  3. Leave the conversation well, e.g., if you said you were going to do a favour for someone, be sure to stick to your word so they know they can trust and rely on you.

Implementation of these 3 things is sure to help you make a great first impression.

If you’d like the opportunity to develop your people skills further, join Neil at his next London Business Forum event in October.

If you’d like to know more, check out Neil’s website to learn more about the great work he does here

Or read Seven Steps to Improve your People Skills

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