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First Impressions in 30s or Less - 1st July 2007

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Weve all been single and hence tried to chat people up

However my line of Hi Im Mr Right I believe you were looking for me
Didn't seem to give a very good first impression and certainly wasn't very successful


If you remember the old Indian elephant story its amazing the different perspectives people can get of us

So I decide to investigate how long we have to make a first impression.


My web research concluded that that common view is that it takes between 7 and 30 seconds for people to make a first impression.
I was amazed at how little time that is! and so I searched Google to find how to make a good first impression and I found over 29 million articles on Google on how to make a good first impressions.

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But if your like me, the first 30 seconds don't always seem to workout that well, such as my old chat up line, so I wondered if the first 30 seconds go wrong how do you change that first impressions.

So I went back to Google and I searched and searched but surprisingly I couldn't find any articles on how to change a first impression

So there appears to be no quick wins or simple tips on how to change a first impression.

But looking at a few of the 29 million articles on how to make a good first impression, the advice all boils down to
How you look, listen, sound, and the words you use.

So with a little thought and preparation maybe its not that difficult to get that first 30 seconds right and the effort, time and complexity is a lot less than correcting that initial impression later.

In addition according to many of the articles I read first impressions don't just apply to face to face meetings, they apply to everything; including emails, phone calls, presentations and reports

For all these areas you still only have 30 seconds to make that first impression.

So next time I meet someone new, or make that phone call, or do a presentation
Ill be thinking, how do I make that right impression in 30 seconds or less!

And if was single again then maybe I'd have better luck chatting people up than I used to


Till next week make some great impressions

David Gardner