By Ankur Kochhar

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We make judgments (wrong or right!) about the professionalism, character and competence of others based on first impressions.

Just as we evaluate others on the basis of our first-time encounter with them, others judge us by how we conduct ourselves.

Following are the top 5 tips to make a good first impression.


1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Preparation reduces anxiety and will help you show more authority. If you do your homework, you’ll have an enormous advantage over your competition. Before an important meeting, learn everything you can about your potential client and his or her unique approach to business. Familiarize yourself with the industry in which you’ll be working and brush up on current events. Visit the company website to learn more about the company’s history, staff and recent news releases. This makes you look interested and knowledgeable and piques the interest of the client.


2.Find out who will attend the meeting

It is extremely important to know your audience in advance. If possible, memorize each person’sname so you’ll be able to address everyone directly throughout the meeting. Log onto LinkedIn and learn more about each person and their background, as well as hobbies and interests. If you find you have something in common, use it as away to break the ice with a little small talk before you move on to business.


3. Early bird catches the worm

It’s important to be punctual, but when you arrive on time you send the clear message that you’re responsible, capable and respectful of others’ time. Those few extra minutes will give you the opportunity to go to the restroom, check your appearance and gain your composure before you walk into an important meeting. Always schedule extra time on your calendar to account for travel, traffic delays, inclement weather and finding a parking spot.


4. Suit Up

A professional appearance will enhance your personal brand. The more “put together” you appear, the more likely you will leave a positive impression. You don’t have to purchase expensive designer suits to look your best. Instead, invest in timeless classic pieces to create the foundation of your wardrobe. Always dress for your client’s comfort, not yours.The only caveat is that you should choose clothes that fit and flatter your body shape.

5. Listen, Listen, Listen

Attentive listening builds trust. Throughout your meeting, ask pertinent questions. When someone else speaks, make eye contact and show you’re fully engaged in what he is saying. Always allow others time to fully express themselves. If you interruptor attempt to finish someone’s sentence, he may assume you’re in a hurry or feel you don’t respect his opinion.

These are some of the techniques that I have personally used when I go for meetings. I am suret here are many more that can be added to the list. Looking forward to hearing about them!



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