It takes only a second for someone to decide if you’re trustworthy or competent, and research has shown that first impressions matter a lot and are very difficult to change. This is why it is important to master the art of a good first impression.

Below are the steps on how to master the art of a good first impression.

Use positive body language.

Becoming aware of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice is an important part of a good first impression. Using an intense tone, and maintaining good eye contact are all forms of positive body language.

Smile throughout the conversation.

Research has shown that people who smile more during a conversation are perceived to be intelligent, trustworthy and friendly.

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Practice active listening.

Active listening means concentrating on what the other person is saying, rather than planning what you’re going to say next.

Also, Asking insightful questions is a great way to illustrate that you’re paying attention.

Put away your phone.

It’s impossible to build trust while pressing your phone at the same time. When you commit to a conversation, focus totally on it. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

 Let the person you’re meeting speak first.

Let them take the lead in the conversation, and you can always ask good questions to help this along. Taking the floor right away shows dominance, and that won’t help you build trust. Trust are created when people feel understood, and they need to be doing a lot of sharing for that to happen

Perfect Your Handshake

A handshake, which occurs at the beginning of almost every business transaction or meeting, tells you more than you realize.

Research has found that people can judge our personality from handshakes alone. Be sure to get it right.

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