Communication is more than words. The tone of your voice and your body language are even more important than the words you use. If a person you meet is outgoing, upbeat, and full of life, then you need to be friendly and animated. If they speak loudly and use a lot of gestures, you need to be loud and demonstrative also. On the contrary, if they are gentle and soft-spoken, they will feel comfortable with you if you are also a bit reserved.
- Did you know that you are either create a feeling of security or a feeling of suspicion by your body language? You should always smile when appropriate, and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact. Looking at a person in the eye communicates honesty. When a person refuses to look at you, it sends the message that they have something to hide. You should also respect personal space. Stand or sit close enough to communicate effectively, but not so close that they start to back away. The point is that communication includes your facial expression, your gestures, and the tone and inflection of your voice. If you match and mirror the person you are meeting, they will feel comfortable and connect with you because you are like them. Do you do networking to help build your business? These are great points that will help you at any networking event.
- You set others at ease if you have a degree of self-confidence. You can increase your confidence by a little planning. Have you developed a short, personal story that tells others who you are? It may help you to write out a two-minute version of your personal story. When you are confident, others will feel at ease. Everyone likes to be with people who make them feel good.
- Finally, one of the best ways to make a great first impression is to focus on the other person. People love themselves! Asking great questions followed by positive affirmations is one of the best ways to connect with another person.
Whether in business, personal life, or other social situations, it really is good to know how to leave a great first impression, and it’s all about making others feel comfortable.
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