Seven seconds. That’s how long it takes to make a first impression, according to researchers at New York University. And in that time, a person can make up to 11 initial judgments about you—enough information to decide whether he or she likes you or not. The difference between being well received or walked out on is combining a positive vibe with knowing what to say, so you can give an accurate portrayal of who you are and why people should like you.
It’s easy to write off the importance of that first encounter. But consider this: That first impression, whatever it is, may be a label that’s affixed to you for the rest of your life, whenever you see these people.
So, our job is to make sure you don’t dig yourself a hole you can’t get out of.