Thursday, July 23, 2009

First Impressions.

Either in your personal life or career, it is a forever truth that first impressions are important. Not just physically, sometimes things will come out of our mouths to the wrong people and right after you say to yourself in your head, "Oh man---why did I say that? Can I get a mulligan?". Unfortunately, it's a little too late at that point to take it back, but that doesn't mean you can't have a great second impression.

a.) Identify where things went wrong and establish a new pattern, so that you can change your future actions.
b.) Apologize for a bad first impression action. It will show that you are not rude, oblivious or crazy and it makes the recovery of your bad impression shorter.
c.) Establish good impressions. Highlight some of your positive traits, in addition to repairing the one that was damaged.
d.) Don't burn bridges. Having a good relationship with friends and co-workers is a great way to have support behind you and you will have someone else vouch for you and your character in sticky situations or in an important meeting.

*Remember, "You never get another chance to make a first impression!" So, try to strive to be at your best when it's most important.

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