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Create a great first impression

Here's how to create a great first impression.

india Updated: May 14, 2012 13:23 IST

Here's how to create a great first impression.

1 Dress appropriately: Ensure that you are dressed and groomed as per the purpose, place and people in the meeting. Unkempt hair, body odour and overall bad grooming kill the chances of creating a positive impression right away.

2 Smiling works: You are not completely dressed until you wear a smile. A smile communicates that you are happy to see the other person and nothing can replace what it communicates.

3 A handshake is integral: Take the initiative to shake hands as it shows confidence. Introduce yourself and then extend your hand. Give a firm but not too firm handshake while pumping the hand 2-3 times.

4 Make eye contact: Proper eye contact helps you connect with the others during any interaction and must be done during the initial 3-30 seconds for a positive impact.

5 Be loud and clear: The first few things you say about yourself are very important. Talk in a clear and loud enough voice, stay cheerful and ensure that your introduction sends the message that you’re positive and passionate about what you do.

(with Inputs From Gayatree Sehgal, Image Consultant)