Studies say that people make judgments within the first 7 seconds of meeting someone. That’s barely enough time to say hello and say your name! This is why it’s super important that you know how to make a great first impression. By going into any situation knowing how to make the best of it and win people over in 7 seconds, you’ll be BLUing up your business in no time. Check out these rock solid tips for winning people over before they know it!
your smile = your logo your personality = your biz card how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you = your trademark
— John Raser (@johnraser) June 24, 2015
1. B.O.B. – Be On Brand
Making sure you L.O.L.—LIMU Out Loud— is one of the easiest ways to make a great first impression. It shows your enthusiasm for the brand and helps to start conversations with people. And, let’s face it. Who wouldn’t want to rock some LIMU Gear? Get yours at the Official LIMU Gear store today!
2. Know Your Story
As we’ve said before, knowing your ‘Why’ is key to building your business. If you lose your Why, you lose your way. If you have your Why, though, and you’re able to tell your story confidently and with good energy, it will resonate with people. Be “socially optimistic.” Assume people already like you and they probably will. Don’t be a pitch. Focus on connecting, not convincing. Frame the conversation with a few well-rehearsed sentences regarding how you want to be perceived. This will end up being the structure the other person forms their memories around.
3. Rock Your Body
Studies have proven that what your body is silently saying has four times more influence on first impressions than anything actually spoken aloud. Posture up. People respond to confidence, even if they don’t know you. People are more inclined to smile if you’re smiling. Genuine smiles are a winning ticket for creating a great first impression, as is a firm handshake and purposeful eye contact. Being aware of your body language and what it says about you and what it says to the people in the room with you will go a long way. Lean into the conversation to communicate that you are really listening and interested.
4. Listen Louder
Attentive listening builds trust. Ask pertinent questions, then allow others time to fully express themselves. When someone else speaks, make eye contact and show you’re fully engaged in what he/she is saying. If you interrupt or attempt to finish someone’s sentence, they may assume you’re in a hurry or feel you don’t respect their opinion. People want to be heard and feel listened to. Simply zipping it and sipping on your BLU FROG will help you establish rapport with new prospects and team members.
5. Say My Name
You create a great first impression when the person you are meeting feels listened to and is made to feel that he or she has a captive and interested audience. Pay attention! When introduced, used the person’s name: “It’s so nice to meet, you Bob.” If the name is unusual, you might even ask them to spell their name, “As a way to help me remember you.”
6. Find Common Ground
In order to find common ground with a new friend, it’s helpful to search for signals of recognition, which are often subtle. Generally, smiles, bland faces, or frowns can be the positive, neutral or negative signals. A raised eyebrow could be a clue that they’re into whatever you just said. Keep an eye out for those sorts of signs to identify common interests in the flow of your dialogue. Try striking up great conversations with people on airplanes or in airports simply because you’re both in transit. Before you know it, you’ll be chatting like you’ve known each other for years.
7. Talk About Them
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Asking questions about the person you’re talking to is a surefire way to get someone talking because they don’t have to worry about coming up with their own questions. Use the other tips above to show your interest and, once you find common ground, you can really dive into the convo and get the ball rolling!
And if all else fails, hand ’em a BLU 2—natural caffeine is everyone’s friend—it stimulates conversation with good energy!