We meet so many people on a daily basis: from new colleagues in the office to people we interact with in stores and strangers on the street. Do you ever stop and think of the impression you’re giving? Ideally, you always want to uphold a great impression of yourself while being true to your character, but there are a few things you can do to really make a great impression.
1. Be Genuine
Genuine people are those who treat others with respect, keep their word, and act with integrity – ideally qualities you hope all of your colleagues will have. Leave a good impression of being a genuine person by staying true to what you say and respecting others!
2. Ask Good Questions
When meeting people for the first time, make sure you don’t ask anything that might feel too close to home. Don’t get too personal and ask about political or religious beliefs. Instead, rather keep the questions light-hearted and really try to get to know your colleagues in a respectable way. It’s definitely ok to ask questions related to the job or project you’re working on, and, as you get to know your colleagues better, move on to questions about interests and hobbies to try and find common ground.
Just be sure to not go overboard – limit your questions to be effective and necessary, and don’t touch on sensitive topics, and you’re bound to leave a good impression! The point is to make a deeper connection and leave a person feeling good after a conversation with you. There are many techniques you can use, but they all start with listening and asking meaningful questions that take the conversation further.
3. Get Involved
If you join a new team, you’ll definitely leave a positive impression if you get involved right from the start. Rather than waiting to get a task assigned to you, volunteer for tasks, and take the initiative to set up meetings and divide up work. It’s important to complete your fair share of work and be an active member of a group by contributing during meetings and paying attention. If you positively contribute to the objectives of the group you’re joining, you’ll surely leave a good impression.
4. Be Open
If someone approaches you to give feedback, be open to what they have to say. It’s easy to get defensive and deny what they are saying, but they may be giving you insight into your behaviour which you can use to improve your performance. Being open shows you want to grow, which definitely leaves a good impression. A growth mindset is favoured over a fixed mindset.
5. Share Your Ideas
Have a great idea you’d love to share with others? Take a leap of faith and communicate it to your team. As a new member in an organization, sharing ideas and getting your voice heard is critical to your development. When meeting others, you definitely want to showcase the value you bring to the conversation, meeting, or team you are joining, so be sure to put your best foot forward and share those great ideas!
Meeting new people and thinking about how you are perceived by others can be intimidating, but it does not have to be! Respect others, be courteous and stay true to yourself, and you’re bound to create a long-lasting relationship!