100 Words On: The Importance of Making a Good First Impression

Like it or not, when it comes to evaluating others, people tend to form an opinion within 30 seconds of meeting someone for the first time. Unfortunately, that resulting initial impression is generally extremely difficult to reverse should we start out on the wrong foot — which is why negative first impressions often lead to lost opportunities. Ironically, the best way to ensure you’ll make a great first impression is by focusing your attention on the other guy.

The bottom line: Although we may have multiple opportunities to impress others, we’re always better off when we get it right the first time.

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