They say that within seven seconds of meeting someone for the first time, you have already decided who they are. From then, changing the first impression is tricky, and only becomes more so with time. Which is why it is so important to present yourself in the way that you want to be remembered.
Perhaps it is a firm handshake, or holding eye contact that begins to define you. Or maybe you stand with confidence, and smile broadly. Possibly a well-executed chat up line that goes down an absolute treat.
Or maybe you are terrible at first impressions.
A hesitant greeting and an awkward silence. Scruffy clothes and bad breath. Perhaps even caught with the wrong crowd or doing something compromising. These may all be the death of a relationship that could have been, even if they are an unfair representation of yourself.
So this is why being relentlessly social is so difficult. You’ve always got to have your guard up and be ready to engage with anyone for all seven of those seconds, and then some. I don’t know about you but I find it a bit exhausting sometimes. It gets to a point where I’m just like “eh, I’ve got enough friends”. But I try not to. Because you never have enough friends.
So pray do tell; what is your go-to first impression tactic?