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Make a Good First Impression

Everyone wants to make a good first impression, but research shows seven out of 10 people make a judgment call within 27 seconds—often before the other person has even spoken! How can this disadvantage be overcome? Be aware that the "impression time window" is short. Use a sincere smile, give direct eye contact, be a patient listener, and watch the handshakes! With rare exceptions, handshakes are a nearly universal form of greeting. Avoid "vice grip" domination handshakes. They can make a negative impression equal to that of a limp handshake. The lasting memory of your greeting should not be your handshake. It’s better to use a firm handshake that matches the other person’s grip.

The Life-Work Connections Employee Assistance Program is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 2/14/2019

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