FIRST IMPRESSIONS LAST
Photography: Rebecca Lawson
They say you have 10 seconds to make a good first impression. Personally, I think it’s less! When I meet someone for the first time almost instantly I start piecing together a first impression of that person, based on many factors… and I don’t even know their name yet. I’ve just come back from a few days at The Belfry Hotel, an incredible Golf Course/Spa Resort in Birmingham. It’s the second time I’ve been to this incredible location, the views are absolutely stunning – and the hotel itself is something else.
I’ve just come back from a few days at The Belfry Hotel, an incredible Golf Course/Spa Resort in Birmingham. It’s the second time I’ve been to this incredible location, the views are absolutely stunning – and the hotel itself is something else. I was there with work for our Annual Corporate Event, a time where we invite clients, partners, and publishers to enjoy a game of Golf in the sun along with some good food and a few drinks. It’s also the time where I get to meet people I’ve only ever spoken over email or met briefly at past events. On occasions like these, making a good impression is essential – so I’ve put together a list of 4 ways to nail it everytime.
YOUR ATTITUDE AND BODY LANGUAGE
I think this is definitely the most important out of the four, so I’m going to start with it first. Having a good attitude and body language is essential when trying to make a good first impression. It all starts off with a smile, a good handshake, and a polite introduction. People tend to say it’s all in the handshake, but I think there’s a lot more to it than that. Did you know that 48% of Britts think that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone? Having good body language and a good attitude instantly makes everyone feel comfortable and relaxed.
Speaking clearly is another thing that I find really important. When I first started going to business meetings and introducing myself, I was kinda nervous – which made me talk ridiculously fast. Now, for a Northerner, I talk quite fast as it is, so this isn’t good for someone I’m meeting originating from the south. It’s as if I’m talking another language!
Finally, make some eye contact. There’s nothing worse than when you’re speaking to someone and they aren’t looking at you. It makes you feel like they aren’t interested in what you’re saying, and the conversation tends to end quickly after that. Instead, maintain a good level of eye contact, nodding and making movements of acknowledgement. A gentle nod while the other person is talking gives a sense of understanding and appreciation to the conversation.
THE RIGHT OUTFIT FOR THE OCCASION
Next up, wear the right outfit… that’s fit for the occasion. Now for this client event, it was a golf day. Turning up in a suit, shirt and trousers would have looked pretty stupid, and I’d have stood out like a sore thumb. So, I went for a simple golfing look. Because I wasn’t actually playing golf, I went for a toned down outfit pairing this Hollister Polo Shirt with these ASOS Stone Chinos. On my feet, I wore these plain Converse All Star White Trainers as most of the clients were wearing proper Golfing shoes.
Try to look at what the event or occasion you’re attending is, and pick an outfit that’s suitable. This occasion was very laid-back and relaxed, so the outfit had to replicate that.
SHOP THE OUTFIT
GROOMING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE
Have you ever been introduced to someone and their personal hygiene isn’t up to scratch? It’s the first thing you associate the person with from then on, and personal hygiene can be the make or break of a first good impression. On this little trip to The Belfry, I had a few key essentials that I took with me to make sure my personal hygiene was up to scratch. For my scent, I was wearing the brand new Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant, Cologne that’s coming out next month! It’s an incredible new scent that’s so fitting for this season. I’ve been pairing it with Oud and Bergamot for a stunning scent combination.
Because this was a Golf event, I knew that I’d be out in the sun for quite some time. I knew it was important to protect my face otherwise I’d be like a red tomato at dinner on the evening – no chance! My go to product for this is the Tropic Skincare Sun Balm SPF 50 , this nourishing balm helps protect your skin from the sun with a huge SPF 50. It’s the perfect size to carry in my bag, so I was topping myself up during the day. It’s also 100% natural!
On the morning and evening, I used the Biore Deep Pore Cleanser – the perfect product for removing dirt, pollution, and grime from your face, opening and treating your pores. I’ve been using this product for some time now and really love how effective… and affordable it actually is!
Finally, to make sure my hair is on top form, the new Neal & Wolf 01 Shaping Cream has been my favourite hair styling product for a good few weeks now. It has a gorgeous silky texture allowing you to get a good hold, yet allowing you to have that flexibility for adjustments through the day. It leaves a nice healthy shine to your hair, without looking greasy or wet.
SPEAK AND LISTEN
And finally, speak and listen. It’s so easy to talk and talk and talk when meeting someone new, you don’t let the other person get a word in. I love to ask questions and listen to the person, whether that be about work, careers, life, family… you name it. People LOVE to talk about themselves so giving someone else the opportunity allows you to secure a really good conversion. It also lets you learn a little more about the person too. I love to hear about peoples career history, and how they got to where they are now. It’s always very insightful especially if you’re talking to someone with some pretty huge success behind them.
SHOP THE ESSENTIALS
So there you have it, my top 4 tips for making a good first impression. What are your tips? I’d love to know!
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