#1 – First impression matters
Instant likability is a thing. Several studies in the Human Behavior field have found that most people decide if someone is trustworthy, attractive, and charismatic in the first few seconds of an interaction.
Of course, that opinion may change moments later, but this shows how important it is to make a good first impression. The very first impact necessarily occurs before you open your mouth, and is related to visual stimulation – your appearance. For that reason, it is important to keep a clean appearance with details (such as clothing or hairstyle) that show your personality in some way.
However, there’s so much more to it. You don’t need to lose a ton of weight or to undergo plastic surgery to look like DiCaprio to be considered attractive and charming.
Think about it: you probably know someone slightly overweight or ugly (according to the current beauty standards imposed by society) that is extremely popular, fun to be around, and very appealing.
The confidence in your posture and gestures, your sense of humor, social acumen, and intelligence (especially your emotional intelligence) have a huge impact on a first impression. Make sure you display those attributes right away.
Keep reading through this list to know how you can make an impactful first impression.