The Power You Hold
The first thing anyone notices when you walk into a room is the image you project. Are they right about you?
- How would you describe yourself?
- Does your appearance communicate to others the message you want to convey?
- How important is it to you to present a positive and professional image as you represent your company?
- As you develop your communication skills and image, how might your career benefit?
- In stressful situations, what happens to your image, your first impressions, and your professional presence?
- What communication situations seem to make you uncomfortable? Public speaking, interviews, etc.?
The more objectively you think about and respond to these questions, the more effectively you will be able to manage and upgrade your personal and professional growth.
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind as you work past your first impression to the second one which begins when you start to talk with someone:
- Be pleasant. Your smile is a great opener.
- Talk and act confidently. Confidence inspires confidence.
- Be truthful and sincere. It goes with confidence.
- Be enthusiastic. It’s contagious.
It’s been said that the impression you make in 30 seconds can impact and be more important than anything you do or say in the next 30 minutes.
My friend, Karen Visconti, who I met in a sales training class sixteen years ago, told me her boss describes her in 3 words: Prepared; Professional and Passionate.
He is right on!