How long does it take to form your first impression of somebody? A minute? Thirty seconds? Seven? Scientific research actually says that it’s just one-tenth of a second, and any extra time after that simply gives you more confidence in your initial judgement.
So, if you’re walking into the dragon’s den of a vital business meeting, it’s important to remember that you have less than a second to make your first impression; being prepared has never been so vital.
When it comes to the first impression, appearances certainly do count. Looking smart and professional is the first step to that good impression. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be wearing a tailored business suit; you should dress to suit the circumstances, and if you’re heading to an informal meeting then you don’t want to be overdressed. Whatever you wear should, naturally, be neat and clean. If you’re travelling a long way to your meeting, make sure that you choose clothes that will withstand the travel time without getting crumpled.
If your presentation begins with you shuffling through papers and trying desperately to find the right sheet, you may as well just give up and walk out. Organisation, timekeeping and reliability are prime factors in business, so you absolutely must be prepared before you walk through the door. Make sure that you have all your presentation materials ready, in the order that you’ll need them, and keep them straight and tidy in a proper presentation folder. Check the time of your meeting, know exactly how you’re going to get there, and make allowances for traffic or other delays so that you don’t need to worry about being late.
If you’re confident in yourself, others will be confident in you, too. Self-confidence doesn’t come naturally to everybody, but you can encourage it by using the right body language. Sit or stand straight, with your shoulders back and your head high, don’t cross your arms across your body, and smile. Knowing your material will also help your confidence; practice beforehand, so that you’re ready for any question, and you’ll be ready to walk out a winner.
At Folderprint, we can help you to make the right impression with attractive, high-quality presentation folders, brochures, business cards and more. For more information on our folder printing services, call us on 01536 744157 or contact us online.