These etiquette tips would help you master first impressions!

Walking right into the elevator with me this morning was my COO (Chief Operating Officer). I had been trying to get him to review my project and here he was right there with me. I knew I had to do something. Right away I introduced myself and gave my 30-seconds commercial, he did not look like he was paying attention, but the amazing thing happened! While I stepped out of the elevator, he said to me, ‘meet me by 10.30 tomorrow and we can discuss your project in detail it sounds like we could use your ideas’. Yoo-hoo!

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You could use a success story like this whether you need to get that date, sell that product, get those investors interested, keep people engaged, land that job, etc. It takes 5 seconds to make a first impression, and a fraction of a minute for a decision to be made if a relationship would be forged. That sounds a little tough considering that you have so much to say! Well, this art can be mastered to your advantage by using and learning these tips.

Clothing; The clothes you wear communicates to your audience; it is difficult to get your message across when your dressing does not match the message you are trying to send. Clothing is a visible source of nonverbal communication and you should try to dress the part as it plays a huge role in how you are being perceived.

Body language: The tone of your voice, the way you speak, the expressions on your face, eye contact all play a huge role in getting your message across. Body languages that project confidence are essential to convey that you know what you are saying, that you are confident of what you are talking about and you can be trusted.  The tone you use and your vocal variation allows you  project your personality and sets the stage to the kind of response you will get whether you are speaking to one person or a large group of people. Confidence is key in the delivery as people will form an opinion on your credibility

Precision: You don’t have the luxury of time to mumble words like 'eh', 'uhm' etc. You need to know your audience and you need to know exactly what the message you need to leave your audience with or keep them engaged. Questions like 'What do you do?'  'What is your competitive advantage?' 'Why is it needed?'  It is important to work out what message you want to send. Practice over and over so you are not repeating your word therefore losing your audience.

Language: You need to get your message across in a language that can be easily understood. Avoid languages, lingos and terminologies that only people in your industry understand when speaking to someone who is not in your industry. Speak the language of your audience.

Wishing you lots of success!!

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