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The Power of First Impressions

The Power of First Improssions First impressions are crucial. From what you wear to what gestures you make, be assured, that people will take note. In fact, studies have found that non-verbal cues have over four times the impact on the impression you make than anything you say. Quick Stats on First Impressions During face-to-face meetings, 93% of people's judgments of others are based on non-verbal input like body language. First impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone. In a survey of 2,000 managers, 33% claimed to know whether or not they would hire someone within 90 seconds. In a study, researchers identified 5,000 distinct hand gestures in humans. 38% of a person's first impression is determined by tone of voice. What Information Do People Remember? 80% How Are First Impressions 20% 10% ) Oral Visual Oral & Visual Formed? The way you dresS, act, and walk through the door. 55% 38% 7% The words you choose to The quality of your voice, say. grammar, and confidence. Types of Body Language & What They Mean Positive/Open Body Language Negative/Closed Body Language Arched eyebrows When we raise our eyebrows, it means we are contemplating what we're listening to and that we're mildly intrigued. Squinting When people see what they don't like, feel threatened, or are unhappy, they squint their Direct eye contact- Means we're interested, we're listening, and that we're focused on you. eyes. Lowered head Means you're ashamed of something, shy or have something to hide. Arms akimbo - Planting your hands with your thumbs backward on your hips and elbows out in a "V" shape displays dominance or authority. Blinking too much Means we're nervous or anxious. Mirroring Mirroring someone's body language means they're interested in you and trying to build rapport. - Arms crossed Reserved, uncomfortable or defensive. Feet facing directly the other person It shows that you're focused on the other person. Shaking your legs Means you're anxious, scared or impatient. Common Non-Verbal Mistakes Made During an Interview * From a survey of 2,000 bosses (Courtesy of Classes and Careers) 21% Play with their hair or touch their face 26% Have a weak handshake | 67% Fail to make eye contact 38% Don't smile 21% Close their arms over their chest 33% 33% Have bad posture Fidget too much 9% Use too many hand gestures References: DAVITT Corporate Psychology

The Power of First Impressions

shared by davittcorporate... on May 14
First impressions can have a lasting impact on people. When it comes to any type of social encounter, from job interviews to business meetings and networking events, leaving a good first impression wi...


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