Make your First Impression Count – Part 3

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This brings us to the final ’10’ in the 10-10-10 Rule.

So, as a quick reminder, the first 10 seconds are all about the first impressions you make before you say or do anything. This is the opinion someone forms about you based on your body language and appearance.

The next 10 seconds are all about the first 10 steps you take. This is the opinion someone forms about you based on your body language and hand shake.

And the final 10 is all about the first 10 words.

What you say when you first meet someone is the final part of the puzzle. The 3 C’s are essential – be Clear, be Concise and be Confident.

The first words are usually spoken as you begin to shake their hand.  We like to keep it simple.

“Hi John, it’s great to meet you.  How are you today?”

It’s polite, friendly, personal and shows that you respect them and have an interest in them.

If you know their name, make sure you use it.  If you don’t then once they have introduced themselves make sure you repeat it back to them to help commit it to memory.

We recommend doing your homework before the interview.  Find out who will be interviewing you and look into them.  Firstly, so that when  you see them you will recognise them and secondly so you know a little bit about them.  Social media sites make this information very accessible so don’t be lazy.

So that raps up the 10-10-10 rule.  It’s very simple but highly effective so make sure you spend some time reflecting on the first impression you make.  Whether it be personal or professional, every meeting counts.

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