Poor First Impressions

Six Ways You Can Blow a First Impression

Posted by Liz Taylor Aug 20, 2014

1. You have a weak handshake. Every person needs to nail down a firm handshake while maintaining eye contact.

2. Your appearance is sloppy. Iron your wrinkled shirts, donate dated clothing, ditch the dirty shoes, and save your yoga pants and flip flops for the weekend. 

3. You wear sunglasses. I learned early in my career that people want to look into your eyes to make a connection.

4. You have a scowl on your face. People want to work with positive people. Leave your problems at the door when meeting with others and don’t forget to smile.

5. Your phone is exposed. If you can’t put your phone away for a brief meeting, it indicates you have little interest in the other person and waiting for something more important to come along.

6. You talk about yourself too much. Ask open ended questions to engage in a conversation with the other person and casually mention their name at least twice throughout your meeting. People love hearing their own name and it’s an easy way to warm up your relationship. 

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“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”

—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center

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—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff

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