You Will Be Judged, Use It To Your Advantage

Can you recover from a bad first impression? Yes, but it’s difficult.

Here are 9 proven to-dos to ensure you’re not instantly branded a bitch or a-hole.

1-4 are judged within 50 milliseconds…5-9 within a few seconds.

1. DRESS FOR THE YES
They see you before they hear you.

2. GOOD HYGIENE
Cleanliness and grooming are a must on first interactions. Dating? Both sex’s form instant opinions based largely on mouth and teeth appearance.

3. POSITIVE POSTURE
Good posture says you’re confident, comfortable and approachable.

4. SMILE
Smiles are more positive than blank stares or furrowed brows. Smiles not only get a kind reaction but are likely to be mirrored.

5. HOLD SOLID/SOFT EYE CONTACT (not creepy)
People who hold eye contact are seen as smart. Do not go overboard. Psychopaths can have strangely intense stares.

6. GOOD HANDSHAKE
A dry, firm, and warm handshake are critical for a good first impression.

7. TONE
Judgments on trustworthiness and likeability are linked to intonation, not the words themselves. A single spoken word, “Hi,” and the tone used, is sufficient to make a quick judgment.

8. HUMBLE
Humility encourages authenticity and friendliness.

9. INTERESTED & ENGAGE
Listen and connect on a personal level. Find one thing about your new friend and compliment or ask them about it.

Part III of III next week!

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