The saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression” reigns true in many aspects of life, but specifically in the business world. You have one chance to make a first impression with someone. Make it count. You want to not only make an excellent first impression to your future clients, accounts, or partners, but a lasting impression as well. Follow this guide and learn how to make a quality first impression in business relationships.
Get There Early
When you’ve schedule a time to meet with a potential client, be sure to not only be on time, but to be early (allow for setbacks, traffic, finding the building/office, etc.) Any businessman or businesswoman who has scheduled a time to meet with you, will appreciate promptness. Being prompt is not only a sign of self-discipline and responsibility, but also shows that you are considerate and respect the other person’s time.
Dress To Impress
A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself what the person you are meeting with will be wearing. In a business setting, which most professional companies will be, a suit or perhaps and blazer and dress pants is appropriate. Be clean and tidy, including your clothes as well as a well-maintained haircut and facial hair. For women, makeup colors should not be too bright, as well as not too prominent. Less is more. Dressing appropriately will not only help you look better, but it will make you feel better as well.
A lot can be said for the use of body language. Make eye contact, use a firm handshake, stand tall and smile. Maintain an upbeat manner and be positive, this will lead to a feeling of confidence (even if you’re nervous). Presentation is key.
You may be surprised, but small talk goes a long way. Be personal. Does the person you’re speaking to have pictures of golf courses? Ask about their golf game. What prior business connections do you have? Have you worked any deals together in the past? Starting out with small conversation can help to “break the ice” and can give the person you’re meeting with a sense of your personality.
Listen to what the person has to say. Don’t just hear them, but actually listen and retain the information. Have a question? Ask! Asking questions shows you’re not only paying attention, but you’re interested in what they have to say. Looking to start a new business deal? Take notes accordingly.
By following this guide, you’ll be sure to make an excellent (and lasting) first impression in business relationships. A good impression is great for getting to know someone for the first time, but also for creating long-term business. Impressions also reign true in the digital world. What impression does your website give to online visitors? It takes an average of 3 seconds to decide if they want to explore your website. Ensure it gives off an impressions that makes it worth exploring! Need help with website design? Take a look at our free eBook, 53 Great Home Page Designs. Click below to begin your download!