When we meet someone new, it takes us just 7 seconds (that’s right, not minutes, seconds!) To decide whether or not we feel positive about that person.
Naturally, it works both ways. This is a lot of pressure, especially if you are someone who experiences social anxiety or is simply shy by nature.
That’s why we have put together 6 simple steps to make the first 7 seconds so important.
6. The Eyes Have It.
Eye contact is a universal signifier of social trust, openness, and honesty. Since more than half of all communication is visual and non-verbal, looking a person in the eye will give you an instant boost of sympathy.
Worried about maintaining the right balance between trust and fear? Keep in mind a ratio of 60:40 and you’re onto a winner.
5. Smile and the World Smiles with You
Accessorize every social encounter with a genuine smile, and meeting new people will seem like a breeze.
People like and remember other people based on how they make them feel; Smiling triggers endorphins and therefore naturally associates it in people’s minds with feelings of well-being.
4. You Had Me at Hello…
The simplest, and often overlooked, component to successful presentations is the humble greeting.
Instead of starting a conversation in the middle, which can cause people to question your sincerity, make an effort to introduce yourself with a direct “hello.”
Say it with a smile and you are halfway to social success.
3. Reflect Openness
Many signals can be sent in 7 seconds, so make them count and tell the person you will find that they are open and reliable.
Try to have a relaxed body language: unbutton your jacket, stand up straight, uncross your arms.
2. It’s All in the Angles
The psychology of body language has a fascinating effect on first impressions. Communicate your interest in the person with an almost imperceptible forward whilst they are talking.
Imagine that you are the only person in the room at the moment, and your sincerity will shine through.
1. Project Positivity
Positivity is contagious and we would all rather surround ourselves with people who make the world a little brighter.
So make a conscious effort to avoid negative statements and the person will remember you for you, not for your complaints.