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Make a Lasting Impression

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First impressions matter a lot because how people see you today can affect your future networks. A positive first experience with you could lead to a job offer you've always wanted, a winning pitch for a project you've worked on for months, and the gaining of trust that increases your credibility to anyone you meet in your personal and professional life.

 


“A good first impression can work wonders.”




― J. K. Rowling




“Go out of your way to make an outstanding first impression.”




― Robert Cheeke

 

It only takes a few nanoseconds to make a positive impression so it’s important to make it count. Although it could be difficult to change an impression once it has been made, it's still possible for you to correct the way people see you. However, the first impression influences all other impressions that follow. So when you want to be perceived in a certain way, you need to double or even triple your efforts to shake off the initial impression and make other people forget their original perception of you on your first encounter.

 


“First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man’s look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.”




― William Hazlitt

 

Strong leaders who usually show a dynamic, confident, strong, and friendly personality are the types of leaders that can effortlessly influence their followers. This is due to the fact that one’s ability to affect others’ lives depend on how they are perceived. People are naturally drawn to them because they present themselves very well, demonstrate inspiration, motivation and encouragement. They can easily earn trust and respect. These positive qualities are like magnets that attract the attention of people and they also eventually develop the inclination to become like them.

 


“A firm, hearty handshake gives a good first impression, and you'll never be forgiven if you don't live up to it.”




― P. J. O'Rourke

 


“Life is a first impression. You get one shot at it. Make it everlasting.”




― J.R. Rim

 

 

Whenever you see an opportunity for you to showcase your abilities and talents, grab it. When you want to make a very good impression, try to present yourself in a manner that makes you unforgettable while still being authentic at the same time. When you think you’ve failed to make a good impression, don’t worry. Nothing is set in stone so you’ll get another chance and make sure to get it right the second time around.

 


 

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