Have you ever felt that people are a bit quick to judge? Well you aren’t wrong. Research shows we make up our minds about someone in a matter of only 15 seconds. So, if this is the case, is it really necessary to spend as much time as we do preparing for a first impression?
In the business world, first impressions are often made digitally or over the phone. The way you say goodbye or a blunt response in an email has the potential to damage a relationship that could last the duration of your professional career.
In some circumstances, thanks to social media websites, predetermined impressions are made before you have the chance to make a first impression. The desire to settle a curiosity about someone has become even easier.
The ability to Communicate Effectively has to be the key in portraying a good first impression and/or rebuilding a damaged one.
15 seconds is a very short space of time but I believe it to be long enough to appreciate your surroundings and someone else’s efforts. The time we take and spend to perfect our first impressions, even the digital ones, should pay off in the long run.