The first impression people would notice about you, may not be long lasting, unless it’s a negative one; for some reason, creating a great first impression is an excellent push for your talk, work, personality and so on… But you will need to hold up to this impression. While normally a Negative first impression, will remain in your audience’s mind for a long time, (even when if you manage to change it afterwards).
But with the efforts you sometimes do to “leave an impression” and to “shine” in the eyes of your audience, some do not have to do that efforts, as they have already won their audience over (and over and over), they are the ones we call “Important”. So Celebrities, Major authors, Spotlight Actors, Singers… and many more, are already Important for their audience to notice. And normally outside of their spotlight, they can practically be anyone and do anything without paying too much attention to small details or even caring about what some people would say about them.
One of a life changing experiences for me happened during an encounter with a famous TV Celebrity many years back; this person I literally hated both his show and his style in presenting, Nevertheless I was Shocked by how “nice” he was in real life… SHOCKED… He was very decent, very respecting, modest and a true gentleman in his behavior and speech… I looked at my self in shame, as how I used to picture him, and how he really turned out to be… and all what needed for him to do to me, despite his 100s of times appearance on TV, face on the billboards and name everywhere in the media… was a simple act… he was Nice to me. And that’s all what it took to change my view on him… and NEVER PREJUDGE another human being ever again (VIP or Not).
You see in many occasions, we can act or even BE a celebrity or an Important person to someone, you may be that to the security guard of your building, to the office boy in your office, to just a random person seeing you appear in a conference or Taking a #SELFIE in a foreign place… So That’s NICE… Congrats you’re now IMPORTANT to someone… but it’s more important that you be nice to other people, when you can simply SMILE to the security guard and greet him when you walk inside the building, Say a Genuine Thank you to the person bringing the food to your table even if there’s no reason for you to do so… because believe it or not, those small details are the one that would make or break how LONG you can keep being Important.
It’s Nice to be Important… But it’s More important to be Nice!
Have a Nice Week!
Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.
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