7 tips to make an amazing first impression. Watch the first 4 tips in my video below:

1. Do Your Homework

Learn about the individual or company you are meeting. It only takes about half an hour to really research the company website and go to various social media accounts of the person you are meeting. Remember, in the meeting it is not only about making a professional connection but also making a personal one. Once you have done your research you can start the conversation with that one thing you found you have most in common.

2. Be Early

It is not only about being early so that you can walk in on time. Being early really makes a difference when you use that time well. If you are early you can let go of stress from traffic, parking or other things you had on your mind. You can use this time to go over your questions again, do a breathing exercise or listen to some music you like. Do whatever works for you to get focussed. Getting centered before you enter any conversation will positively alter the course of your appointment. It seems like a small thing to do, but it’s a habit which has a big impact overtime.

3. Dress to Impress

Be mindful of how you appear to others and make sure you portray the image that represents you. Prepare yourself well ahead of time and put your best self forward regarding your clothing, hair and accessories. This will make you feel your best and ultimately reflects in the way you carry yourself through the meeting.

4. Watch Your Body Language

A genuine smile can make a huge difference. Your body language silently speaks volumes. Studies have proven that your body language has four to five times more influence on first impressions than anything you actually say. Genuine smiles are a winning ticket for creating a great first impression, as is a firm handshake and purposeful eye contact. Stand tall and be proud of who you are.

5. Ask Questions

Prepare the questions you want answered and don’t be afraid to take the lead in asking them. Questions are a powerful tool to lead the conversation in the direction you want it to go. A question provides a certain focus. Think about this: Which questions could you ask in the beginning of the conversation to break the ice? That brings us to the next step.

6. Build Report

Remember, most people are just as uncomfortable as you are during a first meeting. You have to build rapport and this takes a little time. The key is to focus on how you can make the other person more comfortable — if they’re comfortable, you will be more comfortable. So take a few deep breaths, relax, and go be your fabulous self.

7. ABC – Always Be Closing

You can end the conversation with a call to action. It could be asking for the sale if its about selling your product or service or following up in another way regarding a career. Like the famous speech in the movie Glenngary Glen Ross: Always Be Closing. Make sure some form of action is taken based on your meeting. Or else it’s a waste of time.
You can never repeat a first impression, So make it last! (No pressure ;))