4 tips from psychologists: how to make a first positive impression on your interlocutor

By SSPDaily editionMar 13, 2024 11:09 AMPsychology
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How to make a first positive impression
How to make a first positive impression. Source: century-group.com

A first impression is an opinion that we form when we meet another person. Such judgments usually arise very quickly and are based on limited visual information.

According to the tribune.net website, the first impression we make on people is based on our appearance, behavior, and words. At the same time, it is shaped by our own experience, and expectations, as well as prejudices and mistakes.

SSPDaily told you how to make a good first impression when meeting people and what you need to do.

Watch your body language

Non-verbal cues convey a huge amount of information, so it's important to make sure that your body language reinforces the impression you want to make.

Maintain an open posture and make sure your body is at an angle to the other person. Sit or stand up straight, with your arms by your sides and your legs straight. Crossing your arms and legs can give the impression of closure or even defense.

Watch your facial expressions

Body language always complements facial expressions. Therefore, pay attention to how you respond to the interlocutor. In particular, a smile conveys warmth and your genuine interest in the conversation.

If you feel tense, for example, during a job interview or public speech, try to keep a calm expression. Psychologists say that people with such faces are perceived as more reliable.

Clothes always make the man

Appearance, including clothing, is another transmitter of information about your personality.

This does not mean that you should limit your freedom of expression, but only that it is important to consider how you want to appear to others.

Therefore, choose clothes that look neat, are appropriate for the occasion, and make you feel comfortable and confident when meeting new people.

Think about what to say and how to say it

When talking to other people, try to use polite and respectful language. When it comes to choosing topics, it's best to be cautious when you first meet someone and try to take into account their feelings and experiences.

In this regard, the ability to make small talk on neutral topics such as weather, hobbies, sports, travel, and food can be useful.

But critical remarks, for example, when discussing the interlocutor's favorite sports team (even if they are objective), are likely to leave a negative impression of you.

Instead, try asking open-ended questions about your new acquaintance, such as what they read or what they like to do in their free time. It's a great way to show genuine interest and will create an impression of you as an attentive and sincere person.

Show interest in other people

When you are talking to a new person, listen to them, not just pretend to. Show genuine interest in what they have to say and respond to their answers.

Visual concentration on the person you're talking to is also a great strategy if you feel anxious when meeting new people. By focusing on your counterpart, you will quickly be distracted and forget about your own nervousness.

At the same time, be sure to show interest in what is being said to you and ask questions in a way that feels natural, not like an interrogation or interview.

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