First impression remains the major thing you communicate about yourself daily. Many hide behind the saying do not judge a book by its cover but the reality is, if the cover isn’t good, many people would not want to open it at all.
Imagine the first time you meet someone is when you accidentally step on their toes in a party. You turn around to apologize and the person rather pours insults on you, calling the attention of others. You feel embarrassed to the point that you have to leave the party. Would you ever have the person in mind if they are talking about good people? You someday receive this person among a group of evangelists coming to share with you. Would you want to listen? I’m sure you won’t. A picture of the first day would keep coming to your mind. That is first impression. Even if the people change, you’ll take some time to be able to accept their being.
Have you ever met someone for the first time and he helped you out of a very difficult situation? I believe you were so sure that the person is a good man and it would take a lot of convincing to make you believe otherwise.
On the other hand, has a character been so wicked in a film that you extend the hate to other movies? I know we can keep citing these kinds of instances
What then is an impression? It is the way you leave someone thinking or feeling about you after meeting with them.
Does it really matter? Yes, it does a lot. It’s a saying that people will forget what you did but never forget how you made them feel. If someone leaves you feeling happy, discouraged, motivated, etc they feeling will be tattooed on their minds and will influence the way they see you for long if not forever.
How then do you keep a good first impression? You might be thinking that it means you live a fake life or always wear a smile even when you’re sad or always pretend nothing hurts you. Be able to compose whatever feeling you have at a time and never transfer your aggression on someone else. Impression doesn’t end with just attitude. Your choice of words, dressing, manner, all amount to the way you are perceived. Above all, be natural and rational. Manage your emotions the best way you can.
Is there always room for a second impression? Yes, there is but a lot has to be done for one to get convinced. Your first impression works on its but you’re the second impression needs effort since its an attempt to cancel what one already believes.
The way you present yourself is the way you’ll be addressed.
- Dress how you want to be addressed.
- Your smile is your logo, your personality, your business card and however you treat others in a situation becomes your trademark.
by NGONG Sandra Nyangha