First Impression

First Impression

You Never get a second chance to make first impression. So Utilize it to the maximum

In this module we will learn

Introduction to first Impression

Why???? First Impressions, Creates a Lasting Image!

It takes 30 to 60 seconds for someone to make an immediate judgment about you.

In fact, people form up to 11 different opinions about you in those first 30 seconds.  The great majority of those opinions are formed with the first 7 seconds.

First impressions are critical and it is especially important for those entering the business environment.

People form their first impressions in three seconds, and once that impression is formed, it is very difficult to change. 

When I meet someone new, I do (Smile & lean toward others when they are speaking)?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Talk at the same speed as my conversational partner?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Show comfort with my body?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Share sensitive area of vulnerability?

  • Usually
  • Sometimess
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Volunteer impressive information about myself that I would like others to know?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Start a conversation with what is current on my mind?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

When I meet someone new, I do (Focus on presenting my unique features?

  • Usually
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely

What do people see when they meet you?

First... Your face

Second ... Your body

Third... What you are wearing

Fourth... How you move & carry yourself

Fifth... How you speak & listen

Sixth... Your manners

Elements of First Impressions

Elements of first impression

Tips of First Impressions

  • Know when to initiate the handshake. The person in a higher position of authority or age should be the first one to extend a hand.
  • Stand and look the other person in the eye before shaking hands.  If you are sitting, rise before extending your hand. This shows respect and puts you on the same level as the other person. Make eye contact and offer a sincere smile to show that you are happy to be where you are.

  • Your body language is a crucial element of your image and it has to inspire trust.

  • Creating a professional persona through body language means: 

    Carrying yourself confidently.


  • Making eye contact when speaking.


  • Offering a firm handshake.


  • Sitting and standing up straight.


  • Smiling and saying hello to people.


Submit the Fundamentals of Making a Good First Impression.

Dress for Success (Men)

Dress for Success - Men

Dress for Success - Men



Suits: Dark blue, gray, muted pin-stripes, Tailored and freshly dry cleaned.






Shirt: White, pale blue or yellow, Make sure the shirt is pressed.




Tie: Conservative, classic Silk or good quality Complement suit, Tip of tie should end near the center of belt buckle.




Shoes: Polished dress shoes, Laced dress shoes in black, cordovan or brown.




Socks: Dark socks that are high enough to hide your skin when you sit down.



No facial hair if possible, if you must, trim it neatly.



Tips for Dress to success for men 

  • Clean finger nails
  • Minimal cologne
  • Empty your pockets to avoid clinking or bulges
  • Turn off cell phones and beepers
  • No gum or cigarettes
  • No chains or necklaces showing
  • No rings other than wedding or simple ring
  • Conservative watch

Dress for Success (Women)

Dress for Success (Women)

Dress for Success (Women)

Shoes should be:

  • Neat and polished.
  • Closed toe.
  • No higher than a 2 inch heal (unless you are extremely short).

Keep it Conservative:

The most traditional and conservative attire for women is a two piece, matched skirt suit.

For more professional attire Always, always wear a blouse under your blazer!

A long sleeved, collared shirt or shell is appropriate.

Make sure your ensemble still looks complete without your blazer (in case you have the option to take it off).


Tips Dress for Success - Women

Keep your appearance neat and clean.

Clothing should be freshly pressed – no wrinkles!

Well groomed nails are important.

Wear minimal make-up and jewelry.

Neutral body odor is essential
(wear an antiperspirant/deodorant, use perfume or other fragrance sparingly)!



You only have one chance to make a good first impression!

First impressions set the stage for what a person thinks about you for as long as you know that person.

  • True
  • False

Which of the following items DO NOT project your first impression to others?

  • Your Clothes
  • Your Hair Style
  • Your Smile
  • Your Handshake
  • Your Breath
  • All of the above
  • None of the above

By working harder and better than anyone else in your company, you will make a good first impression on everyone.

  • True
  • False

You can actually make a good first impression at work by:

  • Buying lunch for everyone from time to time
  • Letting your boss use your car on weekends
  • Wearing expensive suits everyday
  • Listening more and talking less
  • Smiling every minute of every day