All of us want to impress people around us, and depending on who it is, we aim to please in different ways. If it is a romantic interest, we make sure to be well groomed and show our manners; if it is a professional meeting, we aim to look good and speak eloquently; if it is a group we want to be a part of, we make sure that we echo the group’s values as we interact with the members. Most of the time, we go for big and important gestures as our selling points, just to make sure that we don’t fall short of the mark. However, it is in the small things that our essence truly lies. Some of the most basic gestures that are a part of our daily lives are a big part of how we are actually going to be perceived. If you pay attention to these small details, you can be sure that you’re making the right impression:
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What you see is what you get, or at least that’s what most people believe. You could have a stellar personality and an excellent mind, but people won’t take you seriously if you look like a hobo. The world to some extent will always judge by the surface, so make sure you dress your best wherever you go. This doesn’t mean over-the-top dressing either: simple, classy and elegant will always work well.
Personal hygiene is as important as your appearance. You could have great clothes, but if they smell, then you’re making a pretty bad impression. Brush your teeth, use deodorant, wear clean clothes, groom yourself and have breath mints handy wherever you go. These things seem simple, but are overlooked much too often.
Punctuality is vital if you’re going to be taken
Respect the person you are talking to, even if your opinions are starkly different. You may not respect the person’s beliefs or behavior, but until you have a reason to protect yourself from insult or physical injury, you have no reason to disrespect somebody. Most often respect is returned, so you’re giving people an example of how to treat you when you’re around them.
Put Away Technology
Technology is now ruining our lives, but they don’t have to take over personal time with people. When you make time to be with someone, be present fully so that you can make the most of it. Technology is always available, but the time spent together is limited. When you put your phone away, it makes the other person feel like their time is worth it too.
Finally, be genuine about your intentions and thoughts.