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Making a Good Impression

Good impression is needed everywhere whether it is a job interview, first date or first chance meeting. A good impression can mean a huge difference in the way. People might think of you one way or another so it is important to consider the situation you will be meeting them. You should not be afraid to put yourself forward no matter where you are and always try to keep yourself self-aware. In fact, there are many things you can do to maximize the likelihood you will be received warmly.

Reflect on the person that made an impression on you

In case of self-improvement, example are likely to work in many cases. In fact there might be very few people who have left a heft impression on you. It might through their talents, charms or unique qualities. You must think about those person who have made themselves so likeable and memorable. Do you see any of their traits in yourself? Whether you do or don't, these examples can help you to be a good model to start with.

Consider what you bring to the table

Everyone is different, and everyone has something unique to offer. If you can pinpoint what makes you special, highlighting those best traits of yourself in your behavior will make you stand out in peoples' minds. Are you funny, smart, charming, fashionable? Knowing where you stand realistically and knowing how to emphasize those best traits will make you more memorable in the eyes of others.

See things from other peoples perspectives

If you try to look at a situation through someone else eyes then you will be that much closer towards knowing exactly how to act and leave a good impression on them. This is especially helpful if you already know the person you would like to impress. By knowing them, you will be able to tap into their train of thought more easily. Even if you don't know the person personally, any fact you know about someone can help in predicting what they will look for in you. 

Decide what your goal is

Why do you want to make a good impression? Asking for a specific reason why may seem like an unnecessary question, but taking the time to consider the reasons why will help you decide how you would like to be memorable. If you want to make a good impression on someone you are not planning on having a close friendship with, you can rely purely on surface charm. A more enduring connection may be worth letting see your true colors.

Dress to suit your environment

As you might imagine, there's no single outfit that will leave a great impression on everyone. A nice dress may seem perfect for an evening gala, but it wouldn't be received nearly as well on a subway or at a doom metal concert. If you know the sort of environment you're expected to be in, you should have at least a vague idea of what you'll be expected to wear. Dress to impress.

If you don't know what kind of clothing or formality you should be going for, it's always best to air on the side of caution and take the dressier route. People may look at you funny for dressing up to a casual event, but it's not nearly as bad as the looks you'll get for going casual to a formal event. What's more; if your clothing stands out enough, you'll risk taking a hit to your self-confidence in the situation.

Be well rested 

Getting enough sleep should be a given but you may be surprised how many people try to forego this essential step. If you are running on less than 6 hours of sleep, you cannot hope to be at your best. A lack of sleep will result in mental cloudiness and irritability. In order to make a good impression, refrain from any afternoon or evening caffeine the night before. Doing so will make it harder to fall asleep, and make it nearly impossible if you are worried about your performance the next day.

Give yourself a makeover

Everyone can do with a good makeover. When it comes to leaving a good impression, changing up your look forces people to reconsider your appearance. This is great if you are trying to get a second chance at making an impression. It doesn't have to be too drastic to get people looking your way in a new light. Women might try applying a different technique of makeup, or a new hairstyle. Men could try changing up their outfit or trying a different style of facial hair. It has been found that those who give themselves makeovers tend to enjoy boosted self-confidence. After all, walking around with a bold new look proves to yourself that you are daring.

Exercise regularly 

On top of improving the look and function of your body, moderate to rigorous exercise encourages endorphins in your brain, which in turn improves mood and reduces mental fogginess. All of these things play a big role in making a good impression on people. If you want to maximize the impression you will make later on in the day, wake up with a glass of fresh water and go for a long run. It will increase your potential throughout the rest of your day.

Be punctual

You should not be late whether you are meeting someone for business or pleasure as it could make to lose your first impression. Instead, you should try to get wherever you need to be a few minutes early. This will not only prove to the other person that you are a go-getter, you will also alleviate stress on yourself. This will ensure you as clear-headed person.

Use assertive body language

You must be positive. Your confident body language can demonstrate to everyone around you that you have confidence in yourself and your abilities without ever needing to open your mouth. Demonstrating assertive body language has a bonus effect of actually making you feel more confident. You must try to practice it in front of the mirror if it doesn’t come out naturally. It may seem to be tricky at first, but it does come with time. Eye contact is a powerful technique in body language. Making eye contact shows confidence. A firm handshake is important especially in business settings. Solid posture will show respecting yourself.

Be a good listener

 If you want to make the big impression, it may seem counter-intuitive to quiet down and let the other person take the reins for a while. People tend to be more impressed by someone who demonstrates a sincere, vivid interest in themselves and what they do.  You must possess a good listening skills: reiterate what the other person is saying to you, ask questions and you should not interrupt until there is a natural break in the conversation.
Speak well

The art of oration is not one that can be learned overnight. All the same, knowing how to speak well and confidently can sometimes leave an impression all on its own. No matter whether you are on a date or at a board meeting, you must speak in such a way where none of your words are rushed.  You must try to speak with slightly greater volume than normally. 

You should not forget to use the person's name whenever it feels natural. People love hearing someone say their name, and the same can be advised if you are trying to make them remember you.