What kind of first impression do you make?
I believe our current situation has presented a rare opportunity to reflect and reset. I intend to take some time over the next few weeks to work on myself and share the journey on Project 40.
One of my goals during this time of Covid-19 isolation is to put some work into my personal brand, starting with the impression I make on others.
First impressions are very important. We all get a first impression from a new person that creates a mental image of his or her personality in our minds. Your first impression is like a digital picture. A head to toe image of you that is instant, more or less permanent and can affect the relationship that follows. The picture captures important elements of the truth in a fleeting moment. Our life experiences and education lead us to draw conclusions based on this picture and we draw on this first impression when meet the person again.
To revive your image, you first need to think about what type of first impression you would like to leave. When people draw on their mental picture of you, how do you want that picture to look?
Visualize how a great first meeting would unfold. See and hear yourself being great. How will you dress – how will you sound – what will you say? How will it feel at this meeting?
See yourself smiling, being positive, open and having a great time. See the excellent outcome in your mind
A great first impression creates a positive image in the minds of the new people we meet. But it all begins with the vision of yourself.