Leave a strong first impression.
I once read that most people decide whether or not they like you within the first 7 seconds of meeting you. The rest of the conversation is an internal battle justifying their initial reaction. Isn't that just crazy?! Obviously this sounds terrible, but knowledge is power. Now that you know this, you can take advantage of it to connect with anyone!
First impressions are all about positive body language. It is true that non-verbal communication (i.e. how you say something) can be more important than verbal communication (i.e. what you say). So understanding and turning your gestures, expressions and tone of voice in a positive way, will draw people to you.
Some tips for positive body language:
- use an enthusiastic tone
- nod your head to show understanding
- uncross your arms and legs
- maintain appropriate eye contact
- lean towards the person who's speaking
Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation!
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