First impressions are impressions people perceive from seeing or observing something for the first time. This can be applied to almost anything. What many people fail to realise is that first impressions can often leave a strong lasting mental image for people which is why it is so important to make a positive first impression regardless of a scenario whether it be meeting a new work colleague or making a business pitch.

How Can I Make A Good First Impression?

There is a wide variety of different things that you can do to make a good first impression on someone or a group of people. One of the best and easiest things which you can do is present yourself well. Polishing shoes , being clean and presentable and wearing neat clothes all contribute to a positive impression. However sometimes it is not always to give a first good impression. After all , we are all human and all have our own inbuilt bias and petty dislikes which could mean we don’t like someone regardless of how well they come across. When it comes to job interviews there are a number of different things you can to make a positive first impression. Being punctual as well as polite often helps candidates in interviews as it shows they have respect for the role and the interviewers whereas the opposite may indicate a lack of interest or discipline .

Communication

As well as first impressions communication needs to be taken into account in order to be successful in life. Although communication can encompass a large number of different areas the fundamentals of communication itself remain the same.¬† Communication or social skills are a learned ability that develop in children and are normally fully formed by around the teenage years. Often depending on a child’s upbringing and their interaction with other children dictates how they will communicate as an adult and perceive other people. However there are of course other factors that can influence communication skills such as genetic conditions inherited by parents or bullying. Unfortunately in recent years there have been higher levels of children being diagnosed with mental health conditions or reffered to GPS partly due to bullying or isolation/over use of social media. This can lead to feeling ostracised , depression self harm or even suicide. Studies have also shown that anxiety is closely linked with depression or difficulty in developing social skills. Although having said this anxiety can vary greatly from person to person.

Communication can come very easily to some people and slightly more difficult to others. Without a doubt social skills and communication skills are absolutely essential in order  to progress in life. Communication skills are often taken for granted by many as those who are disabled or mentally ill can struggle to communicate in some cases. However technology an attitudes are improving so that increasingly communication is becoming much more open and transparent to the world as a whole. In the near future there is likely to be further innovation in communication.