This seminar is designed to assist individuals to make a positive first impression through non-verbal communication. First impressions are lasting impressions. People are judged initially on their visual appearance; i.e. wardrobe, body language and then their ability to communicate. In addition, judgments are made based on personality and social and business etiquette.
Consequently, since we sometimes do not get the opportunity to verbalize our strong points and abilities, our appearance must speak for us. Eye contact begins the communication process and special attention is often focused on body language and to wardrobe detail. From head to the toe, spectators make snapshot judgments and carry those impressions about you to others. It is important that the first impression is a positive one.
How you act is equally important when making first impressions. Non-verbal communication; i.e. body language, the handshake, posture, poise, facial expressions, even listening skills play significant roles in imparting knowledge about you. Don’t overlook the power of a good first impression. People make amazing assumptions about your professional credibility and potential performance based upon your appearance during a first meeting. It’s very difficult to change a poor first impression, regardless of your knowledge or skills.
- The impact of first impressions
- Posture awareness
- Visual presentation for men
- Visual presentation/poise for women
- Appearance: How to Dress
- Handshakes and introductions
- Professional image tips
- Body language & nonverbal communication