How to Make Your First Impression a Good One

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KANSAS CITY Mo. — Everyone gets one chance to make a first impression. According to Forbes, people judge you within the first second of meeting you — and their opinion will likely never change. So how can you make that first impression your best?

According to Forbes, a few considerations will help you make a good first impression — and, like it or not, a lot of it has to do with our appearance.

For men, choose your watch wisely. It’s what says the most about you — that and your shoes. For women, purses, large earrings or other jewelry can say volumes about you to a new person who’s just meeting you.

Don’t underestimate your body language. Good posture and a strong hand shake are vital. Don’t bite your nails, glance at the clock or play with your hair.

If you’re having a bad day, stay home. Don’t go to that social gathering after work. People will pick up on your Debbie Downer attitude by your comments, facial expressions and body language.

Finally, listen. We all like having someone interested in what we’re saying, right? Common sense says that if you’re genuinely interested in meeting new people and what they have to say, they will be interested in you.

So, open up, smile, make your hand shake firm and be friendly — everyone loves a friendly person.

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