10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression It only takes five seconds to make a first impression. That’s it.  People start to form an opinion of you from the moment they first meet you. This especially holds holds true for business relationships - from an initial job interview, to interactions with colleagues, to meetings with potential clients.  Implementing the following tips in business situations when you are meeting someone for the first time will help to distinguish you from the competition, enhance your professional presence, and leave a lasting and positive first impression: 1.  Dress for Success Communication experts believe that 55% of the total message presented by a person during a first meeting consists of that person’s personal appearance. How we dress does have an impact on people’s perception of us. People respond to and give more respect to those who are dressed professionally. 2.  Master Your Handshake We notice people non-verbally by their touch, and the way we touch someone in business is with our handshake. A handshake is the physical greeting that goes with our words.  When you are first introduced to somebody, give him or her a warm welcome and a firm handshake. Extend your right hand with ...

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Brand Power

January 16, 2014  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Brand Power This is the time of year when business owners are full of energy, enthusiasm, and good intentions. But before you race off to fill up your marketing calendar, it might be a good idea to step back and think about your BRAND…and how your brand fits into the grand scheme of your business. It only takes five seconds to make a first impression. Are you aware of the message you are communicating through your brand - and the impression you may be creating? What is your “brand”?  A “brand” is many things, and to put it simply, it is what you “become known for.” It’s  usually the one thing that you want the public to think of when they think of you. It’s fairly safe to say that your “brand” is everything about your business - from your logo, to your voicemail message, to the way you introduce yourself while networking, and everything in between. When it comes to the success of your business, you must consider your personal brand as well as your professional brand. Your professional brand is the public face of your business:  It includes your overall brand image, your marketing ...

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Relationships: The Key to Business Success

January 08, 2014  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Relationships:  The Key to Business Success “It’s all about new beginnings, laying solid foundations and building strong relationships. Everything we want is in front of us!”  Unknown Anything we want to achieve in our lives is possible because it is within our control. The decisions we make and the actions we take - or don’t take - establish where we end up.   Most of us regard the new year as a new beginning. A clean slate. An opportunity for growth and blooming to new levels of personal and professional success. One of my goals for 2014 is not an unusual one - in fact I’m sure it is quite common. I want to double the size of my business.  I have broken this goal down into smaller, specific parts to help me reach it.  At the heart of this goal is one simple thing:  relationships.  Plain and simple.  Relationships are at the core of business success. As you establish your goals for 2014, I encourage you to consider the impact your personal interactions have upon those with whom you interact.  How we communicate and the way treat others impacts our relationships. Do you want your business ...

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