It is not hard to tell that people always judge people by their first impressions. This is what makes the first minute or so of an encounter so important, especially in the business world. It is possible to win or lose a client or sale because they did not get a good vibe from you. Here are a few things you and your business can do to make a great first impression on your potential customers.
Great office environment and furniture
Most people over look this when it comes to first impressions, but if you are inviting potential clients over to your office for meetings or sales presentations it is important that your furniture and environment give off a great first impression. You don’t need anything too fancy, a great work area and a small conference table will do the trick. Be sure you have all the right equipment in place before they arrive to look more professional. There is nothing worse than sitting around conference tables and waiting on your host to get ready.
Maintain eye contact
Maintaining good eye contact is also very important for first impressions. It shows that you are listening and also alludes to your confidence. Make sure to connect with eye contact to ensure they know you are paying attention.
Have confidence in yourself and your product
Do not be intimidated and make sure you have confidence in both yourself and what your product or business. Make sure you know what you are talking about inside and out.
This is often the very first impression people get of you. Make sure you have a nice firm handshake as it will go a long way in the business world.
Although first impressions do mean a lot when it comes to sales and business, it is important not to overdo yourself. Being confident and looking fake are too totally different things and the latter can be easily noticed.
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First Impressions Are Everything, Especially in Business by Steve