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How to Make a Great First Impression

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So, what kind of impression do people have when they first see you? Here are 5 tips to make a great first impression:

Stand Tall

Good posture is one of the best indicators that you are a confident, energetic person. People who slouch, droop and duck their heads are seen as shy, lazy and dull. So, stand straight, shoulders back, head held high.

Dress to Impress

mb11Your clothing says a lot about your personality, grooming and sense of appropriateness. Don’t be afraid to let your clothing reflect your personal style. A pretty scarf, interesting tie or cool hat will help others form an impression of you that is true to who you really are.

Dress in clothing that fits properly; people with body image issues often wear baggy, bulky clothing that only serves to make them look sloppy. Alternatively, wearing clothing that is too tight and too small gives a poor impression. Find clothing that fits properly for a great impression.

Wear clothing that is clean, pressed and in good repair if you want people to see you as organized, tidy and detail-oriented.

Finally, dress appropriately for the occasion. Jeans and a t-shirt aren’t appropriate for most business meetings; a business suit isn’t the right outfit for a backyard BBQ. Wear clothing appropriate for your age, too.


Remember when your mom told you to, “Wipe that look off your face!” She wasn’t kidding—when you’re frowning, pouting or smirking, people form instant negative impressions of you. On the other hand, when you’re smiling, your whole face lights up. How do you want people to see you?


Communicate with Confidence

When meeting someone for the first time, step forward, extend your hand, smile and introduce yourself. You’ll exude a sense of well-being, happiness and confidence, and others will form a positive impression of you immediately. Then, strike up a conversation. Ask your new acquaintance about his connections to the host, or find some other common ground and communicate with confidence. Listen more than you talk, and others’ positive first impressions of you will only get better.

Arrive Prepared

Before going into a business or social situation during which you’ll be meeting new people, do a little bit of research. Before attending a job interview, research the company’s history, its products or services and its people. You can use the same strategy for social situations. For instance, if you’re attending an art gallery exhibit, find out a few details about the artists featured. Then, when you meet new friends for the first time, you’ll have something to talk about, and you’ll make a first impression as an interesting, engaging person.