We all know that making a good first impression is a must in the business world.  Doesn’t matter whether we are going on an interview for a job position or meeting potential clients for the first time.  That first meeting can make or break you because an interviewer or client can size you up in an instant and make the decision right then and there whether they want to work with you or have you on their team.  Always remember, you can never get a second chance so you need to make an outstanding impression from the start, have people positively remember you and make a lasting one.

Yes, I know.  You’re probably rolling your eyes right now and saying “I know all of this”.  But we need to be reminded sometimes because we tend to get lax in how we dress, our posture or even what we say.  So for a few essential tips read on.

  1. Take Care of Your Posture. Your body posture sometimes can say more than words. The words confidence, credibility and approachability come to mind.
  2. Your Facial Expression Counts. Smile and not that cheesy fake one!  You want to be friendly, sociable and polite but also genuinely professional.
  3. Your Overall Appearance Speaks for Itself. On that first meeting always dress in business attire.  There’s a time and place for casual and it’s not here.  And the first things noticed will be clothing, hair and face.  So be sure each is impeccable.  The next would be teeth and fingernails.  Make sure they are clean and well groomed.
  4. Introduce Yourself Professionally. Look your interviewer in the eye, confidently, and introduce yourself.  You need to show them that you know what you are doing.  And for heaven’s sake, never make them uncomfortable!
  5. Show Your Interest and Ask Questions. You are there to solve a problem and provide a service.  Get details.  Ask pertinent questions.  This not only shows you’re interested and want to help, but it will also clarify any possible misunderstandings as well as gathering useful information.
  6. And Last but not Least, Don’t Be Late. The worst mistake you could make is being late to the first meeting.  It gets you off immediately on the wrong foot.  Their time is as valuable as yours.  After all, aren’t you trying to make a good first impression?

We, at Office Solutions 4 U, try to practice these tips and so should you.  Email us (http://www.officesolutions4u.com/contact_us.html) to find out how we can assist you and show your potential clients why you should be their choice.  We look forward to making a good first impression.

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