I recently delivered a career coaching workshop and one of the things I talked about that people found most useful was understanding how first impressions are made and therefore how important they are, so I wanted to share this with you.
Did you know that on average a first impression is created in as little as 3 seconds?
Why does that matter?
Think about how many times we meet someone new in the space of a week or a month. The impression we make on them in those first few seconds will colour how they think about us forever.
Think about the judgements we make about people we meet based on the way they look, what they are wearing even how they shake our hand.
Whether it’s in a job interview, a business meeting, a social event or on a date, the preparation you put into creating that first impression is very likely to be time well spent.
How are first impressions made?
A huge 55% of the first impression we make is based on our physiology that is non-verbal signals such as our posture, gestures, facial expressions, dress, grooming, handshake, spatial behaviour and breathing.
Then 38% is based on the tone of our voice including, volume, pitch and tempo.
Only 7% of that first impression is based on the content of what we say; the key words and phrases used.
How much more successful could you be, if you improved that first impression?