“First impressions count” is the slogan of today. That slogan is so true and there is nothing superficial about it. First impressions do count. In the corporate realm, the first impression that you give can either make or break you. It can attract people to you or repel them from you. If you want to build lasting friendships and become successful in your chosen career, you must always show people your good qualities. There are seven ways you can impress people without showing off.
Display A Positive Attitude
People want to be happy, inspired and motivated, so if you display a positive attitude, you will attract people to you.
Be Kind And Generous
Kindness combined with positivity goes a long way in this world. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a person’s life. When you walk down the street, make eye contact with people and smile at them as you walk past. If you like a person’s outfit or they way she styled her hair, give her a compliment even if she is a complete stranger.
Give of yourself. When you see or know of someone who is in need, offer to help that person. If you have a decent amount of money then donate a portion of it to a charity of your choice. These acts of kindness are impressive, but they are also touching. If you are a kind and generous person, you will be rewarded.
Always be Honest
People have great admiration and respect for those who are honest. Therefore, it is good to be upfront with another person even if you are the bearer of bad news. If your boss requires you to do a task that is beyond the level of difficulty that you can handle, or one that is unethical, tell him or her that you cannot perform that task. Don’t just say you are unable to do the task, explain your reasons. If you are honest and upfront, you will succeed in life.
You can be gracious to people, but that does not mean you should let them take advantage of your kindness. Know when to say no to people who try to use you to get what they want. Having boundaries does not mean you lose your temper every time someone treats you unkindly. You can confront a person’s negative behavior without being confrontational. When you have boundaries, you let people know that you are a person worthy of love and respect. You also let them know that you will not allow them to mistreat you.
Confidence in this world is everything. You need the right amount of it to succeed in your career. It is about having faith in yourself and in your abilities. When people see that you are confident in yourself, they will take a chance on you.
Be Open Minded
If you want to impress people and succeed in your career, you must have an open mind. Be willing to embrace new ideas and opportunities. You may not obtain the career you want the most. Opportunity may come to you, but in a way where you least expected it to. In either case, you must be willing to embrace change. At the same time, you must have a backup plan.
Wearing appropriate attire does not mean you have to be clothed entirely from head to toe. Appropriate clothing in this context refers to clothes that enhance your appearance. You don’t have to wear overly revealing clothes in order to look attractive. When you wear clothes that gracefully outline your body, you will feel much better about yourself. People will also look upon you as a person with class and dignity, an individual worthy of respect.
If you strive to live by all seven virtues, you will give off a good impression to everyone you meet. You will also make lasting friendships with others and you will succeed in everything you do.