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Making the best first impression

First impressions are crucial in many aspects of life, from job interviews to social gatherings to first dates. As a woman, it's important to understand the impact of first impressions and to learn how to make the right one. While it may seem unfair that we're judged so quickly, it's just the reality of human psychology. We all make snap judgments based on small cues, and those judgments can be hard to shake.

So, how can you make a great first impression? Let's start with the basics: appearance. While it's important to dress appropriately for the occasion, don't feel like you have to conform to a specific standard. Be true to yourself and wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Good personal hygiene is also a must. Make sure your hair is clean and styled, your clothes are wrinkle-free, and your breath is fresh.

Beyond appearance, there are other physical attributes to consider. Good posture and strong eye contact can convey confidence and competence. Make sure to stand or sit up straight, and look people in the eye when you speak to them. If you're nervous, take a deep breath and try to relax. The more relaxed you are, the more naturally confident you'll appear.



When it comes to conversation, it's important to be attentive and engaged. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Making other people feel like the center of attention is a great way to become desirable yourself. People love to talk about themselves, so help them out by asking questions and listening attentively. Be genuine and show a real interest in what they have to say.

Of course, it's not just what you say, but how you say it. Your language and tone of voice can say a lot about you, so it's important to choose your words carefully. In the business world, your language is viewed as a sign of intelligence, education, and culture. This doesn't mean you need to sound like a walking dictionary, but it does mean you should avoid slang or overly casual language. At the same time, don't be too formal or stilted. Find a happy medium that feels authentic to you.

Finally, let's talk about the handshake. It may seem like a small thing, but a good handshake can make a big difference. Make sure your handshake is firm and solid, but not too aggressive. Practice with friends or family members if you're not confident in your handshake skills.

In summary, making a great first impression is all about being confident, engaged, and authentic. Be yourself, but also be aware of the cues you're giving off. With a little practice, you can master the art of making a great first impression and set yourself up for success in any situation.


Half the Sky's mission is to supply the tools that can give every woman the ability to build a successful career and be fully prepared for the future of work. So, that they can lead a healthy, prosperous and more balanced/blended lifestyle of their choosing.  By building your confidence, you’re setting foundations to empower yourself and your career.  The world is your oyster, and it starts with you. 

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