Make a Superb First ImpressionWritten by Arlen Busenitz
It is extremely important that people have a good first impression of you. Either you make a good impression or you will suffer for it! It is going to effect how your contact views you for rest of that conversation. It can effect how fast a friendship starts, or how fast business relationships get going. You have got to make a good first impression!
What is a "first impression"? Simply it is first thoughts a person has toward you after seeing you or listening to what you have to say. These are made during first five seconds and then first few minutes of a conversation. It has been said that a speaker has 5 minutes to convince audience that he/she has something good to say. How you act, dress, and talk are all going to effect "the first impression". A customer's first impression of a salesmen will have an impact on whether customer buys. The first impression a manager has of you will effect whether you are hired. How you act in first moments of meeting your new neighbor will sharply effect his/her view of you. Yes, you need to make a good first impression! It can stop a sale, or it can help you make an instant friend!
How do you make a good impression? Here is one way which is guaranteed to work. Do this and people will have excellent first thoughts about you! This is key:
When you meet someone (friend or new contact), greet them on phone, or pass them on street, act ENTHUSED to meet them!
·Give them a "winning" smile.
·Cheerfully greet them with "hello (name)". Let your voice show that you are glad to see them!
Sure-Fire Conversation Starters!Written by Arlen Busenitz
Use this three step approach to start a conversation with anyone! Stop fearing meeting people! Apply three step approach now. Memorize these and have them in your arsenal to start a conversation with a customer, stranger, or new contact. 1. Start by saying some plain statement. "Nice Party." "Nice weather." "Long stoplight." "Nice airport." Etc. Just a simple, statement, comment, etc. 2. After breaking ice and getting them to nod or verbally agree. Make another plain statement. It may work to bounce off first one. "Nice coat you are wearing." "Interesting car over there." "The weather has been nice for past three weeks." Etc. At this point you should know whether he/she is open at all to talking. 3. Show interest in him by asking something. Use your discretion in determining which questions to ask. You should show interest but do not be to nosy at first. Ask about something they are wearing, holding, etc. Example: If they are wearing a name tag, ask about it. Ask for their opinion on weather, why bus is late,