Whether it’s a job interview, first date, or company gathering, first impressions can make or break future interactions and relations. While social graces may come naturally to some people, others struggle with what to say and how to act when connecting with new people.
In his critically-acclaimed book, Blink, author Malcolm Gladwell states that, according to various studies, our first impressions are fairly accurate and stand the test of time. He coined the theory “thin-slicing”, which states that we make a pretty accurate assessment of a person based on knowing them for only a few seconds.
“It is a central part of what it means to be human,” Gladwell writes. “We thin-slice whenever we meet a new person or have to make sense of something quickly or encounter a novel situation. We thin-slice because we have to, and we come to rely on that ability because there are lots of situations where careful attention to the details of a very thin slice, even for no more than a second or two, can tell us an awful lot.”
Christina DesMarais, contributor at Inc.com, spoke with numerous executives who provided 10 tips on how to make a lasting first impression. Here are the top 5:
DesMarais’ interviewees also told readers, don’t be afraid to fail, always be sure to smile, focus on the other person, be prepared, and find a common interest.
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Victoria Antonelli is a writer at iConnectEngineers™. At iConnectEngineers™, we use engaging content, creative design, and smart campaigns to bridge the worlds of business, marketing and social innovation with a primary focus on the engineering and technology industries.
Originally published at www.iconnectengineers.com on December 17, 2016.