Regardless of whether it’s a job interview, a party, or a date, we all want to make people like us when we first meet them. Although it’s nearly impossible to click with everyone you encounter – some people are just on different wavelengths – you can increase your chances of making a great first impression with a few simple tips. In this article, we’re going to discuss some incredibly easy methods, both physically and mentally, to help you next time you introduce yourself to someone new.
This is perhaps the most important, as your clothing is likely to be the first thing people will notice about you. Stylish ties and suits definitely have their place in a man’s wardrobe, as everything from interviews to weddings will require you to dress up smartly. But looking dapper should extend to all facets of your life. Has your girlfriend invited you to a summer barbeque with her friends? You’ll no doubt want to impress her best buddies and get their seal of approval, so make sure you’re not wearing your faded old cargo shorts and that ugly Hawaiian shirt. Style never takes a day off, so always treat every first encounter as a way to show how fashionable you are.
Accessories, like compliments, should be done sparingly, so that when you do show them off, they have an impressive wow factor. You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, nor can you shock anyone by wearing a chic Carhartt beanie. Accessories simply give a good outfit an extra boost, and are even sometimes a great talking point when meeting someone new. For example: “Oh, I love your hat, where did you get it?” Watches are arguably the most impactful accessory a man can wear; there is something just so everlasting and cool about a wristwatch. There are a lot of great watch brands out there, but we think Montblanc’s range can rival any of the others in terms of craftsmanship and design.
What you wear to influence people is of course imperative, but what’s equally vital is how you present yourself. Body language is an underrated tool to use when we first meet someone, but it can make a great lasting impression. Your posture should not be hunched or withdrawn, but upright with shoulders back. Your smile should be on full display too, as people are naturally drawn to smiles and laughter and this will break the ice far quicker. Eye contact too, is significant, as it simply gives people the knowledge that you’re interested in what they’re saying. And a huge tip to remember when making a good impression is to remember someone’s name! Use it in the conversation now and then, as it really makes people feel like they’re important.
Lastly, if you want to impress someone by means other than your style and body language, then there is no better way than being different to everyone else. Try not to ask the same questions, wear the same clothing, or have the same responses. It can be boring to be at a party and hear everyone asking, “So, where do you come from?” or “So, what do you do?” Why not ask distinctive questions that are more in-the-moment, such as recent holidays they’ve taken or concerts or movies they’ve seen. People usually love to prefer talking about their interests and activities, rather than their backstory or what’s on their CV. Be distinct, and you’ve got a much better chance of being remembered.