by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor
It only takes a few seconds for someone to gain an initial impression of you. Studies show that your tone of voice and body language actually make a greater impact on someone than the words you choose.
Here are some things to think about if you want to make a great first impression
5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression
It seems so simple, but the warmth you send in a smile generally comes back automatically in a return smile. What a great way to start a relationship!
2. Eye Contact.
Another no brainer, but it’s amazing how many people will shift their eyes around the room to see if there’s someone better to spend their time with. Your have a much greater impact on someone when you focus on her while speaking.
3. Lean In.
And not just because Sheryl Sandberg says so. Leaning in is a strong way to show your interest and attention.
4. Head Nod.
This is actually something that women are better at than men. Nodding sends the message that you’re on board with the comments the speaker is making.
5. Open Posture.
Keeping your arms uncrossed sends a message that you are open to their ideas, rather than being defensive.