Everyone knows how important a first impression is during a job interview. But after the job is secured and you’ve settled in, does it really matter what type of impression you make on others? Well, if you want to be effective in your career, then I say the answer to that question should be yes. Regardless at what level your position is on the organizational chart, you should always be repeating that ‘first impression’ vibe because that’s how you can best display confidence at work.
So, whether you are an entry-level employee, a volunteer, or a CEO…take a look at these suggestions that you can practice every day in order to display the best ‘first impression’ again and again:
- Clothes – It’s important to convey a polished, professional appearance in the workplace. Looking the part exudes confidence to others around you. Regardless of what you are wearing, be certain it is high quality, neat and proportionate to your body. The old adage is “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Also – avoid a lot of accessories and busy patterns that will distract others. So, basically…be sure to look your best every time you step into the workplace.
- Eye Contact – Establishing and maintaining eye contact with others is your best way to communicate confidence and interest. When speaking or listening to someone, always look directly into their eyes for 3-5 seconds before looking away or moving to someone else. This will show them you are interested and involved in the communication process. If you constantly avoid eye contact, then you are viewed as insecure, anxious and somewhat evasive – which will erode any confidence.
- Facial Expressions – There are seven basic human emotions (anger, sadness, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, surprise) with scientifically proven facial expressions associated with each. These expressions are often involuntary and unconscious. Be aware of what your face is revealing to others and be sure to choose the right expression that matches the message you want to send.
- Interactions – Initiate conversations with others. Taking the initiative to interact with others displays confidence in yourself enough to walk up to a complete strange and begin a conversation. Learning this process will boost your self-confidence and the confidence levels of others around you.
Gaining and maintaining the confidence of your workforce will go a long way when it comes to making tough decisions because many other attributes are associated with confidence – such as respect, loyalty and commitment. I’m sure there are many other ways to make a repeated first impression, but the ones noted above will get your started on the right track. Implement these suggestions today and watch how your confidence level increases dramatically.