Do you wonder what people think of you when you first meet? Why go through the trouble of changing someone’s opinion of you after you’ve met, when you can present the best you to them in the beginning.
Although we say not to judge a book by its cover, we can’t help but formulate opinions when we first encounter people. First impressions are important and we need to take full advantage of this opportunity. When we meet a new individual, the amygdala and posterior cingular cortex activate in our brain. These two areas process the information we receive and analyze them based on their importance. Then combines them into one final score or value, which we call a first impression. This influences how we chose to orient ourselves towards the person.
You never know who you are going to meet as you go through your day to day lives, so always be your best self. Be calm and confident. Dress appropriately for whatever situation you will be in, but also express yourself in some way. Smile! It puts people at ease, spreads warmth, and makes you more approachable. Have a positive attitude and be open. Lastly, be kind and polite. The best way to gain respect is to show it.
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