How to Make a Great First Impression

First impressions matter....a lot! A bad first impression is hard to overcome and making a good first impression may open doors you never knew existed. If you are walking into a room of strangers or heading to a job interview here are some things to consider:

  1. Confidence! If you present yourself as a confident person, you are more likely to win people over. It's just human nature for people to be drawn to confident people. If you are an introvert, initiating conversations with strangers may scare you to death, but with practice and a positive attitude even the biggest wallflower can project confidence in a room full of strangers.

  2. Be polite. Have you ever heard the term "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar"? It's true, people won't always remember what you told them but they will remember how you made them feel. One surefire way to make a lasting impression is to leave people feeling happier for having met you.

  3. Ask questions. Small talk is awkward for everyone, one easy way to connect with people quickly is to ask questions. This will make them feel like you care about them personally and will help you find common ground quickly. Once you have found a common interest with someone, you can move away from the superficial pleasantries and start building a real connection. Unsure where to start? Asking questions like "where do you work?" and "what's your favorite sports team?" are easy ways to kickstart a conversation.

The best way to improve your personal capital and make great first impressions is the practice! And the best way to practice is with the help of an expert. Patriot Resume is ready to help prepare you to seize opportunities. If you need confidence to pursue your dream job, negotiate salary, or win of strangers give Patriot Resume a call. You can find them online at or give them a call today 316-300-6556.

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