People place a lot of weight on the first impression, and for good reason. The Legion training program teaches us that the first few moments of meeting someone largely shape the future of the relationship. Whether you’re preparing for a networking event or a big interview, use these techniques to get off on the right foot:
- Ask Questions: By asking people about themselves and appealing to their knowledge banks, you demonstrate your interest and show that you value their insights. If you’re sitting down for a job interview, for instance, you might ask about the objective of the position and how it contributes to the company.
- Smile: Body language is another key component of Legion training sessions. Along with eye contact, good posture, and a firm handshake, a kind, warm smile is a great way to connect with someone on a personal level.
- Listen: Listening is an often-overlooked aspect of communication, yet it is one of the most meaningful things you can do to make a strong impression. It’s more than a matter of sitting quietly until your turn to speak. It’s about hearing the message behind the word and reading body language to fully understand what is conveyed.
We make first impressions on a regular basis, and these techniques help us make a positive impact every time. Learn about our strategies on the Legion website, at http://legion-inc.com/about/.