How to overcome making a bad first impression by Roz Usheroff

Posted on April 14, 2014


Editor’s Note:  The majority of articles I have read over the years always seem to focus on “How” to make a good first impression. Very few focus on what to do if you have unfortunately failed to put your best foot forward in that first meeting.

If you are like the majority of us who may not have always come across in the way we intended and want to know what to do, then you will definitely find this post most helpful.

The Remarkable Leader

I can remember a couple of years ago reading a Forbes article on 5 Ways To Make A Killer First Impression, which had more than 541,000 views.

Needless to say, the subject matter is one that is universally recognized as being important.  In other words, and looking beyond the number of reads of this particular article, there is no shortage of  tip lists and expert advice on how to create a positive image out of the gate.

However, what was more telling to me beyond the fact that making a good first impression is “incredibly important” because you only get “one shot at it”, is the time frame in which that opinion is indelibly formed.   Specifically, the reference to a 2005 study by Princeton University psychologist Alex Todorov and co-author Janine Willis.  According to the article, Todorov and Willis had people view a microsecond of video of a political candidate.  Based…

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