You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression… That’s True! 100% and in any situation 🙂
This post is divided into 2 points, The first impression and what I would call the second first impression
The First Impression: They say the first 30 seconds you meet someone are very crucial as that someone would have a long lasting impression that would affect the way they listen, hear, see and accept you afterwards… Are you the Gentleman, the Classy Lady, the Professional, the Amateur, the Charming and the list goes on and on…
it doesn’t really matter if you’re meeting someone socially, or in a business environment like a Job interview or a business venture meeting, the rule of First impression applies. And believe it or not, small and even tiny details about how you look, talk or act can play a major part in what the impression is measured against.
The Second First Impression: Now i’d like to hesitate a bit and highlight that an impression is not an impression until it’s OVER… Meaning that you may get a bad impression about someone / something only to be surprised a little later, or even a WHILE later…
Haven’t you watched a movie or read a story, where there is a lot of ambiguity about Why the character was acting that way, only to discover in the end that… WOW!!! and then you repeat back the details in your head and realize he was fascinating in every detail??
Once I was delivering a Keynote speech in a regional Education Forum with educators from all over the Middle East & Africa region present; I did disguised as an Old Fashion Teacher, and started talking slowly in a very low voice tune… the first 5 minutes of the Keynote, most of the people started getting annoyed from the “quality of the speaker”… then on the 6th Minute, when the sentence on my presentation was “Rule #1: Do something unexpected”… I Literally Teared apart my cloth only to have a very modern & stylish cloths underneath, removed the thick glasses and placed blue ones, and the session automatically FLIPPED and after 40 Minutes; Several would simply say that it was the Best session they have ever witnessed…
So the thing is / simply was… I PLANNED My first & second impression… it was Intentional to engineer the Bad Impression and then To Unveil the Second one… and Leave the audience in a Surprised mode…
My the Tip for this Week… is Simple… Every Single Detail in you… should be DESIGNED in advance based on the occasion, from the way you handle your business card, to the way you place your hand in your Pocket..
And like I’ve written in one of my Books,
“Enter Like a Bride and Exit like a Groom”
People always look at the Bride when she enters… And the eyes will be on the Groom when they Leave!
Have a Beautiful Week!
Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.
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