Seven smart tips to making a great first (customer) impression

Research shows that customers decide whether or not they want to work with you within two seconds of meeting you face to face.  That puts the burden on you to make certain that those first two seconds really count. The only way to do that is to prepare ahead of time.

The follow tips from a post from Inc. will help you maximize the potential for making a great first impression:

  1. Keep Yourself Fit
  2. Research the Culture
  3. Send Clear Signals
  4. Create the Best Greeting
  5. Know Your Agenda
  6. Rehears Your Entrance
  7. Measure and Adjust

It would appear that this ability to think without thinking, to make snap decisions about situations and people in a second or two, has significant implications for how we are able to develop our networking and business relationship building.  Also, it would appear that, in general, people need to clear out the preconceived notions that pop up in our heads, and listen to the message being conveyed.