Make a Lasting Impression in Less Than 5 Minutes

Relationships are the catalyst for success. Making connections and building mutually beneficial relationships enable you to seek new career opportunities, develop knowledge resources, and accelerate your professional development.

Here are 5 tips to make a lasting impression:

  1. Give a powerful greeting

Within the first 3 seconds of meeting someone, they form an opinion of you based on your body language and appearance. To ensure your first impression is warm and sincere, smile and make eye contact with the person to show you are interested in speaking with them. To establish trust, give a strong handshake and continue to make eye contact.

  1. Say their name

When the person you are speaking with states their name, repeat it back to them. Saying their name helps you form a connection and create a positive first impression. You are also more likely to remember that person’s name by saying it to them.

  1. Ask a thoughtful question

People will always remember having an interesting conversation. Ask something that will start a unique conversation like, “What is a typical workday like for you?” or, “If you could start all over again, would you change your career path in any way? Why?”

  1. Give them a reason to remember you

At networking events, it can be overwhelming to meet and remember each person you spoke with. Leave the person you are speaking with when the energy is good. When they see and talk to you again, they remember the last thing that they associated with you.

  1. Remember their name and story

Ask for a business card after having a great conversation and take notes immediately after they walk away. Write down at least 3 things that each person said on the back of the cards. This way, you have information stored instead of having to remember each person you spoke with.

– Ellen Morelli


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