7 Ups Of A Good Introduction and Lasting First Impression

 

  • 7 UPS OF A GOOD INTRODUCTION AND LASTING IMPRESSION

 

I receive compliments all of the time about how well my children present themselves to new people. Adults remark about how kind and courteous they are, but I also hear the words ‘confident’ and ‘impressive’. I taught my children very early on the importance of making a solid first impression, because it is the foundation that relationships are built on. Though I may have given them the lesson, my kids are the ones who deserve all of the credit, because it is their personalities, their confidence, their sense of community that people are responding to really. However, mechanics are a great place to start. Face it, every new relationship starts with “Hello,” but it’s how you say it that can mean the difference between a forgettable encounter and a long lasting impression. Here are seven UPs to help your children make a lasting first impression.

 

  • STEP UP

    STEP UP

    Take the initiative and introduce yourself. You don’t always have to wait for someone else to pave the way for you. Go ahead and make your presence known. Do it politely and respectfully, but known nonetheless.

 

  • STAND UP

    STAND UP

    Your posture speaks to how you feel about yourself and your place in the World. Don’t slouch. Stand tall and present yourself with confidence, commanding the respect you deserve.

 

  • LOOK UP

    LOOK UP

    Make eye contact with the person that you are meeting. Let them know you are someone to take notice of, a person worth remembering and getting to know better. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Give them a glimpse of yours, and take a look at theirs while you are at it.

 

  • SPEAK UP

    SPEAK UP

    Let your voice be heard. If you mumble your own name what does that say you think of your own worth? Annunciate and project. They will remember you for it.

 

  • PUMP UP

    PUMP UP

    Not too hard, not too soft. As Goldilocks would say, make your handshake “just right”. A firm handshake inspires confidence. It’s a solid foundation to build a new relationship upon.

 

  • PERK UP

    PERK UP

    Everyone wants to feel like you are happy to meet them, so don’t forget to smile. Share your warmth. A smile puts people at ease and makes them feel welcome. It could also make them want to stay in your presence longer because it feels inviting. Even if you don’t particularly want to be where you are at that moment, don’t take it out on the new person before you. It’s not their fault. Besides meeting them may be just the turn of events you needed to make your attendance worth while.

 

  • LISTEN UP

    LISTEN UP

    It’s not enough to let someone know who you are, you need to listen to who they are, and learn what they are about. it helps if you find a way to repeat their name once or twice during your introduction. This will help to cement them in your memory. But pay attention. A lot is communicated about a person in the first few moments of an introduction. You wouldn’t want to miss something important.

What are you teaching your children about making first impressions? Let’s get the conversation going and see if we can’t collectively prepare our children for a brighter, more well connected future.

SMILE On!

Miss Lori

 

This post was originally posted under Miss Lori’s profile on Babble.com

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