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Communication & Relationships
Making a Strong and Lasting Impression

The First Impression

Estimated Lesson Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (self-evaluated option) / 1 hour 30 minutes (instructor-evaluated option)

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Lesson Introduction

Research continues to show that making a good first impression is important because a bad first impression can be extremely difficult to correct. There are many ways to make a good first impression that include the use of all of our senses. Articulation and manners play an important role. But making a good first impression isn't good enough; a lasting impression is what you want to make.

In this lesson, we will look at how to make a good first impression.

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Bo's Thoughts on First Impressions (02:41)

It's all about mood and desire.

Olivia Fox Cabane - The Science of First Impressions (00:14:24)

An expert in the fields of charisma, trust, influence and persuasion, Olivia gives people the skills and the self-confidence that lead to outstanding performance. From a base of thorough behavioral science, she extracts the most practical tools for business; giving her clients techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT.

How To Make A Great First Impression (00:02:20)

At job, at work, on a date, you name it - we all want to make a good first impression. Here are proven ways to make it happen.

8 Practical First Impression Techniques - How to impress your crush, a boss, and a whole crowd! (00:07:32)

Learning these first impression techniques and tips will blow away and show off to your potential crush, future boss, or any other crowd of people you come to meet in your life. It has been said that a potential mate judges your appearance in the first 10 seconds of meeting you subconsciously. Learn these tips to make a great impression and earn a shot to become someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend in the long run. Making a great first impression and acting confident will also help you look more qualified for a job, which will impress your boss or any other leader.

Lesson Key Points

Dress appropriately.
Be well groomed.
Smile on the inside (and on the outside).
Carry yourself well (i.e., have good posture).
Make good eye contact.
Be aware of your breath.
Air yourself out.
Use deodorant to prevent odor, not create a new smell.
Use perfume or cologne sparingly.
Speak clearly and confidently.
Master the handshake.
Be on time.
Use your tone (project your voice from your chest).
Remove verbal pauses (e.g., the words "um...," "uh...," and "so...").
Know your audience.
Don't brag. Be honest and humble.
Don't talk so much... let the other person talk.

Lesson Discussion Questions

Evaluate yourself when it comes to making first impressions. After this lesson, what do you feel you are good at? Where do you need to improvement?
Do you feel that you are incapable of making a great first impression per these suggestions? If so, why?

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Assignment #2Meet 10 new people. Work on all these points and evaluate yourself after each meeting. How was your posture? How did the handshake go? Was it awkward and if so, why? What can you do to improve the next meeting to make a better first impression. Write down your notes and review them. After meeting the next 10 people, just do this review process mentally.
Assignment #3Evaluate the next 10 people you meet. How did they stack up? What did you think about them when you first saw them, heard them speak, touched them? What suggestions would you give them? Write this down, as well (but don't give a stranger advice on how they could have done better with their first impression!)

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    Section 1: Communication & Relationships
    Making a Strong and Lasting Impression
    #2: Articulation
    #3: Little Courtesies
    #4: Making a Lasting Impression
    Conversation Skills
    #5: Small Talk
    #6: Reading Body Language
    #7: Meeting People
    #8: Active Listening
    Being Likable
    #9: Express Sincere Interest in Others
    #10: Avoiding Criticizing and Complaining
    #11: Empathy
    #12: Remembering and Using People’s Names
    #13: Being Flexible
    #14: Building Rapport
    #15: Smiling
    #16: The Art of Praise and Compliment
    #17: Avoiding “One-Upping”
    #19: 50 Common Grammar Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
    Persuasion Skills
    #21: Six Words To Successful Communication
    #22: Analogies, Similes, and Anecdotes
    #23: Using Questions Effectively
    Being Diplomatic
    #25: The Word “But”
    #26: Never Be Wrong Again
    #28: Three Rejections = Success
    #29: Learning How to Say NO
    #31: A Brief List of Vocabulary Words Every Adult Should Know
    Learning from Others
    #33: Apologizing
    #35: The Socratic Method
    #36: Dealing with Difficult People
    #37: Hostile E-mails
    Public Speaking
    Section 2: Health & Fitness
    Diet and Nutrition
    #40: Achieving Optimal Physical Fitness Through Science, Not Wishful Thinking
    #41: The "All Things In Moderation" Myth
    #42: Science-based Healthy Eating
    Help from Psychology
    #43: Seven Reasons Why We Find Fad Diets Irresistible
    #44: How to Stop Self-Licensing from Ruining Your Health and Fitness Goals
    #45: How To Win the Temptation Game
    #46: Martial Arts Basics
    #47: Yoga
    #48: A Great Home Workout
    Section 3: Well-Being
    #50: Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    #51: Finding Balance
    Positive Emotion
    #52: Positive Mental Attitude
    #53: Happiness
    #54: Increasing Your Well-Being Through Emotional Responses
    #55: Resilience
    #56: Let it Go
    #57: Self-Esteem
    #58: Today is a New Day
    #59: Getting Better Every Day
    #60: Brighten Up, Sunshine!
    #61: The “Good Ol’ Days”
    #62: Preventing Worry, Eliminating Worry
    #63: Create a Stressless Lifestyle
    #64: Lose Time with Something You Love Doing
    #65: Responding vs. Reacting
    #66: Gratitude and Appreciation
    Meaning / Purpose
    #67: What Do You Want?
    #68: General Life Purpose
    #69: Specific Purpose
    #70: Ultimate Meaning
    #71: Staying in Good Mental Shape
    #72: Time Mastery
    #73: Everyone has 24 Hours in a Day
    #74: An Extra Hour a Day
    #75: Priorities and Procrastination
    #76: Trying New Things
    #77: Setting and Achieving Your Goals
    #78: The Power of Belief
    #79: Welcome Frustration
    Section 4: Being a Good Person
    #81: Avoid Lying
    #82: Being Popular
    #83: Dealing with Peer Pressure
    #84: Integrity
    #85: Basic First Aid
    #86: Inspire Others
    #87: Make the Best of a Bad Situation
    #88: Help Others Discover Their Own Gifts
    #89: Being Kind vs. Being Nice
    Section 5: Creative & Critical Thinking
    Science Basics
    #91: Money and Science: Just How Skeptical Should One Be?
    #92: The Placebo Effect Explained
    #93: Why Trust Science When It Keeps Changing Its Mind?
    #94: Why Trust Scientists?
    #95: A Guide for Trusting Sources of Science, for the Non-Scientist
    #96: Doubting Science Because of Unknown Possible Long-Term Effects
    #97: The Problem with Relying on Your Own Common Sense and Ignoring Scientific Consensus
    #98: Don't Blame Science for Bad Doctors
    Critical Thinking
    #99: The Point of Reason and Rationality
    #100: Don't Be Manipulated by Loaded Language
    #101: Logical Fallacies
    #102: Cognitive Biases
    #103: How To Be a Responsible Consumer of Information
    Creative Thinking
    #104: Intuition
    #105: Problem Solving
    #106: Making Successful Decisions
    Section 6: Sales
    #108: The Proposal
    #109: The Sales Roadblock
    #110: Sell Yourself First
    #111: Sell Solutions
    Section 7: Personal Finance
    #113: How Credit Cards Work
    #114: A Better Way To Save
    #115: Spend Less Than You Earn
    #116: Multiple Streams of Income
    #117: Financial Freedom
    Section 8: The Internet, Computers, and Technology
    #119: Internet Basics
    #120: Social Media Basics
    #121: Backing Up Your Computers and Devices
    #122: Security
    #123: Avoiding Internet Scams
    Section 9: World Religions
    #125: Christianity
    #126: Islam
    #127: Secular (Non-Religions)
    #128: Hinduism
    #129: Chinese Traditional Religion
    #130: Buddhism
    Section 10: The Workforce
    Getting a Job
    #132: How To Get a Raise
    #133: Using Practical Knowledge To Get the Job
    #134: Experience
    #135: How Marketable Are You?
    #136: Job Security
    Creating a Job
    #137: Get a Job?
    #138: Ease of Doing Business
    #139: Importance of Customer Feedback
    #140: Finding Good People
    Section 11: Success
    The Rules of Success
    #142: How Success Works
    #143: Success is a Lifestyle
    #144: The Money Machine
    #145: Fulfill a Need
    The Successful Mindset
    #146: Perseverance, Persistence and Determination
    #147: Enthusiasm!
    #148: Taking Risks
    #149: Dependability
    #150: Contentment
    #151: Patience
    #152: Modesty and Self-Promotion
    #153: Initiative
    Dealing with Adversity
    #154: Failure is the Seed to Success
    #155: Fear of Rejection
    #156: Facing Your Weaknesses
    #157: How to Handle Mistakes
    Successful Habits
    #158: Project a Positive Personality
    #159: Always Look for Opportunity
    #160: What ELSE Can I Do?
    #161: Follow Through
    #162: Being Your Best
    Successful Strategies
    #163: Baby Steps
    #164: Create a Win-Win Situation
    #165: Going the Extra Mile
    #166: Ideas for Wealth
    #167: Power of Networking
    #168: Taking Advice
    #169: It’s Not Always About Trying Harder
    #170: Creative Negotiation
    #171: Recognition
    #172: Just Ask
    #173: Solving Business Problems
    #174: Dare To Be Different
    #175: Recognize the Dead End
    #176: Position Yourself for Success
    Section 12: Other Specific Things You Might Need To Know
    #177: How To...
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    1) It is said that people form opinions of you within the first three __________ of meeting you.
    a) seconds
    b) minutes
    c) hours
    d) days
    2) The “sixth sense” I mention is
    a) mind-reading
    b) intuition
    c) ESP
    d) telekinesis
    3) To form a positive impression, DON'T
    a) Be well groomed.
    b) Be aware of your breath.
    c) Use the "dead fish" handshake.
    d) Speak clearly and confidently.
    4) The majority of first impressions are formed by
    a) the moment physical contact is made between two people for the first time
    b) smell
    c) when we speak
    d) appearance
    5) By dressing appropriately,
    a) this means wear a tux or evening dress.
    b) this does not always mean wearing a suit, but dressing for the occasion.
    c) look just a little more casual than everyone else.
    d) wear gym pants
    6) Being well-groomed does NOT mean
    a) brushing your teeth
    b) combing your hair
    c) having a unibrow
    d) being clean
    7) If you smoke
    a) be very aware of your breath
    b) air yourself out
    c) consider not smoking!
    d) all of the above
    8) People tend to wear much more cologne or perfume than they need because
    a) they want to smell cool
    b) the adapt to the smell and need more to smell it
    c) of their insecurities
    d) they get old
    9) Which of the following is good advice when meeting someone?
    a) Stand or sit up straight with your chin up.
    b) Look down at the ground.
    c) Speak softly and from the nose.
    d) Don't say anything.
    10) An example of a verbal pause is
    a) um...
    b) uh...
    c) so...
    d) all of the above
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