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8 Ways You’re Making a Bad Impression

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Studies have shown handshakes improve the quality of an interaction.

Studies have shown handshakes improve the quality of an interaction.

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Studies have shown handshakes improve the quality of an interaction.

Ashley Lopez, Staff Writer

Making an impression is inevitable. It could be in your favor or work against you, but an impression will be made. Countless research has proven it only takes about 3 seconds for someone to form an opinion on another individual. Like the saying goes, “First impressions last forever.”

Whether it be meeting new friends, a job interview, or attending meetings, making a good first impression is always important. Avoid making these eight mistakes to assure your first impression is a positive one.

  1. Checking your phone mid-conversation
    Using your phone during inappropriate times is frustrating to many.  Time Magazine reported that Americans collectively check their phones 8 billion times a day, an average 46 times per person. Put your phone down and give the person you’re talking to your undivided attention.
  2. Lack of eye contact
    Eye contact can go a long way, it shows you are engaged and interested. Obviously, a fixed stare would make things weird, but a good amount of eye contact is crucial to show others you are involved in the conversation.
  3. Being Late
    Not arriving on time is always a sign of bad manners. A job interview, doctor’s appointment, or dinner with friends are all scheduled for a reason. Being late shows you are inconsiderate of other people’s time and will be judged before you even arrive.
  4. Forgetting general manners
    Saying “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” etc. goes a long way. It protects the feelings of others and makes communication stronger.
  5. Forgetting someone’s name
    Everyone has been in a situation where you first meet someone only to forget their name a minute later. Avoid being that person by actively listening.
  6.  Don’t Over talk
    Allow others to contribute to the conversation.
  7. Interrupting
    This one seems obvious, but many people have this habit. Let others finish their say before butting in.

8. Crossing arms over chest
Body language reveals many clues about a person. According to Forbes Magazine, having your arms crossed over your chest indicates defensiveness and resistance. Open arms if perceived more welcoming to others.

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