7 Ways to Improve Your First
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1. Dress Well
Your outer appearance is your packaging. If you look
cheap and unappealing, people will have a negative reaction.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to look groomed and
well-dressed. Every city, including New York, has places where
you can get a decent haircut for less than $30, and there's an
abundance of affordable, stylish clothes in stores and online.
But grooming takes time and attention. You have to care
about details like hair and nails. Being appropriately stylish
doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on Armani, but
you need to understand color, material and effect. Every
industry has minimal appearance standards, and you owe it
to yourself to meet or exceed those--down to your shoes-regardless of your position. If you put in the care and
effort, others will notice and respect you for it.
2. Get Current
• It's easier than ever to stay in tune with what happens
in the world. People who don't know what's going on
appear ignorant and unaware. Of course everyone is
busy, but those who can't make a little time to check
out the news come off as unorganized and uncaring.
This is a very simple fix. Just set your computer or
mobile browser homepage to Yahoo.com. That
way, every time you go to the Internet, you can see
what's happening in the feed. Spend 10 minutes a day
looking at something other than sports scores and the
latest on the Kardashians. Knowing what's going on will
help you be a better conversationalist and find
common ground with whomever you are trying to
3. Learn Etiquette
• Appropriate behavior is constantly changing, so
not every man needs to throw his coat over a
puddle. But consistent acts of respect, chivalry
and decorum elevate your impression on others
from the start. Think about simple details like
having a firm handshake, removing a hat
indoors, using "please" and "thank you," and
excusing yourself when ready to leave--all of
these will show new acquaintances that you are
thoughtful and considerate of others.
4. Master the Language
• Thanks to social media and email, first impressions are
being made through writing more and more frequently.
For a few, this creates advantage, but for many it
simply demonstrates their ignorance. I have been
shocked at the poor grammar and coarse language I've
experienced both verbally and in writing from others'
first contact with me. I am as comfortable with
expletives and slang as anyone, but I want to see the
best of people at the beginning of a relationship. Brush
up on your vocabulary and grammar. Practice your
writing and make an effort to think before you speak.
5. Read More
• Nothing impresses people more than someone
who loves to learn. Smart people want to be
involved with those who are even smarter. Books
and articles are still the greatest way to learn and
there is more access than ever before. Sharing an
exciting new concept with someone is like giving
a gift. Commit to reading a new book every
month and a few articles every week. Fiction or
nonfiction, it doesn't matter. Just be ready and
willing to discuss the contents and value with
those interested. You'll better yourself and
6. Take a Genuine Interest in Others
• Once a business man we having a conversation..The
businessman explains “I was recently on a call with my
client, interviewing a recruiter. A week prior, my client
had made the appointment. The recruiter started his
pitch and asked questions to assess the deal. It was
immediately clear he wasn't a serious option. To
start, his responses weren't directly relevant to the
answers we gave him. Worse, many of the answers
were already on my client's website. It was obvious
from the call that the recruiter was interested in the
deal, but not interested enough to listen or even do
some research. Needless to say, my client also was not
7. Make Your Online Presence
• Unless you meet a person while networking, odds
are your first impression will be made online.
Nearly everyone will look at your
website, LinkedIn profile or Face book profile
before they engage by phone or in person. If they
are treated to errors, inaccurate or outdated
information, embarrassing photos or
inappropriate humor, their impression of you will
be doomed from the start. Live in the
21st century. Dedicate time and effort to keep
everything accurate, appropriate and up-to-date.
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