You’re late to a meeting – very late – and its the first major meeting with your new job. Ugg.
You fumbled the ball when someone you need to impress asked you a key question, making you appear unprepared. Grrr.
You showed up to the job interview in a suit and heels and everyone else really meant it when they said ‘casual’, making you look stuffy. Aahh!
We’ve all been there, right? The ugly situation we can’t avoid or the accidental remark that appeared idiotic – so embarrassing! Bad first impressions really feel bad and, let’s face it, they are bad for our careers, too. “First impressions are very sticky,” writes Heidi Grant, author of ‘No One Understands You and What To Do About It.’ Ms. Grant’s book chronicles how people’s interactions are formed through real psychological biases, patterns, and impressions. Grant’s work suggests that people do notice a few things right up front, called the primacy effect, and that, combined with other information about a situation and our own biases, creates an impression in a millisecond. “People see what they expect to see,” Grant confirms. Not what you want to hear when you know you’ve made a faux pas. So, what do you do about a bad first impression? Can you ‘fix it’?
Take a read of these five tips and make your next move a little smoother.
5 Quick Rx Tips to Fix a Bad First Impression
One – Demonstrate Actions
If you flubbed up and looked less than extraordinary, make a regular effort immediately following the foul up to demonstrate your value or expertise. Being with someone and getting to know them can improve a bad impression, too.
Two – Don’t be a Repeat Offender!
Three – Find Common Ground
Four – Apologize-if its necessary, of course!
Five – Get Past It!
That’s it for this week!