First Impressions

First Impressions

All About First Impressions

Human beings are built to size each other up quickly. Our first impressions of each other are influenced by a number of factors, such as facial shape, vocal inflection, attractiveness, and general emotional state. We tend to get attached to our initial impressions of people and find it very difficult to change our opinion of them, even when presented with lots of evidence to the contrary. As a result, it’s important to be aware of how we come across to others during a first meeting. Then we can employ impression management skills—modulating any irritating traits and accentuating our strengths—to ensure that people have a more favorable opinion of us. Everything from clothing style and posture to conversational topics can be adjusted to form a better first impression.

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