The first thing that almost everyone learns whenever going in for their first meeting with anyone is to be careful about how you talk or behave; in order to make a good first impression. There’s even a famous saying that your first impression is your last impression. But the main question here is, why is leaving a good first impression so important? Why can’t you get a second chance at it? Usually, when someone is a new entrepreneur, with a charismatic and impactful personality, they assume that this is more than enough for them to leave a good impression on others. People tend to believe that having a good way with words, and being charismatic is enough to ace an interview. They feel like being presentable, improving hard and soft skills, adding onto their knowledge is not as important. Unfortunately, they’re wrong.
First impressions are beyond just being good with words, charismatic, and looking presentable. Those are important but you also need to have a healthy and clear mind. Being a new entrepreneur, you will come across different opportunities that you can unlock and learn along the way, from the other party.
Let’s take a look at why first impressions are important and what are the factors that can help to make one.
People tend to believe that having a good way with words, and being charismatic is enough to ace an interview.
First Impression for a New Entrepreneur
One thing I strongly believe in is, first impressions are important for everyone – beginners or experienced professionals. However, I won’t agree that it’s your last impression.
It’s not really a good thing if you mess up your first impression. But, it’s not the end of the world. You might get another chance to make up for the mess that was created, but it’s just preferred to get it right the first time.
There can be some setbacks if your first impression didn’t go the way you had planned it to. People usually form a judgment of you in the first meeting and it gets difficult to convince them otherwise then, especially if it is to do with business. This is because they have made up their mind that you don’t have the right personality or you aren’t presentable enough to match their expectations. There can be other reasons too, but these are just some of the few cases that can take place.
Leaving a good impression is simpler when you are dressed more presentably. The chances of someone disliking you become lower. They still might not do business with you, but that would be because of you lack in convincing skills. But, they will not have a bad impression of you. This is also an opportunity and advantage that you have as a new entrepreneur. You can improve them, come back and try again. The first impression you made by being presentable would have lasted and this would give you another chance to try to make the person work with you or buy from you again.
People usually form a judgment of you in the first meeting and it gets difficult to convince them otherwise then, especially if it is to do with business.
Being presentable and making a good first impression is sure to provide tons of opportunities for a new entrepreneur. One example here can be of two people; one of them not looking presentable and the other with a presentable appearance. Both of them being equally talented, there are higher chances that the presentable one will be able to make a better first impression than the other one. Being presentable will give you a 20% to 30% greater chance to convince and sell to the audience than the unpresentable person. That is how first impressions end up providing opportunities.
Role of Clear Conversation
Being a new entrepreneur, understanding the importance of a good conversation is crucial. It helps in leaving a good first impression. For this, you need to have a healthy and peaceful mind. This then helps to have good and impressive conversations, for which you need to have a healthy and peaceful mind. This leads to a clear thought process. Clear thoughts don’t just happen, you have to work to achieve them. Meditation and exercise are two things that can help you have a healthy mind and body. This will enable you to connect with any audience by understating their expectation from the conversation.
Being a new entrepreneur, understanding the importance of a good conversation is crucial. It helps in leaving a good first impression. For this, you need to have a healthy and peaceful mind.
Customizing Your Conversation
One thing you need to keep in mind when talking to anyone is what they’d like and want to hear. Adapting you their attitude, likes and dislikes is a good trick to convince someone on something.
Different people have different attitudes and expectations from a conversation. Some people like to have in-depth and detailed discussions, whilst some people prefer having more of a to the point kind of a conversation. This is something that a new entrepreneur should keep in mind and cater to accordingly. You should understand what and how the other person wants to hear something.
You may have a certain style and if the other person wants to talk to you on this level, then that is very good but if they don’t then you have to assess their style and meet them on that.
You might be required to be precise and on the point in business but you won’t talk to your friend in the same way. Your friends will get confused as to what is wrong with you and why are you being this way. So there is a variation that exists according to who you are talking to. Your mind should always be working to identify what the other person wants to hear. Whether the other person wants you to explain something or keep it simple. The attitude we usually have is that I am this person and this is how I talk. I will do things as I usually do and if the person doesn’t like it, that’s not my problem. That is a very dangerous approach. You should never depend on your way only, especially when it comes to business.
You will be able to understand now how important a first impression is for you. If you mess your first impression up, it is not the end of things but it is better if you ace it. For a new entrepreneur, the first impression isn’t dependent on being presentable only, it also includes the clarity of your mind and how you communicate with others. Just make sure you match the frequency and level of the other person. Now just go get it!