We only have one chance to make a first impression. And that first impression can mean everything as you set out to make your mark in the business world. According to mindtools.com, a website providing free career skills and management techniques, it takes just a quick glance – maybe three seconds – for someone to evaluate you when you first meet, and this first impression is unlikely to change. So it’s important to think about the impression you want to leave. After all, as a small business owner, you are the face of your business.
When making that all-important first impression, keep these ideas in mind:
Body language speaks volumes. People you meet for the first time will pay as much attention to your body language as they will to your words. In fact, you’ll be judged by your body language before you even open your mouth. Be sure to uncross your arms and have an easy, ready smile at all times. Straighten your posture and offer a strong handshake.
For more tips on how to make that first impression a winner for you, my book is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1517317770
(Excerpt from The Survivor’s Guide for Female Entrepreneurs, by Kathy McShane).
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