Eye contact and smiling
Okay, first on my list is eye contact and smiling. So, okay, raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a conversation with someone who can’t maintain eye contact… It’s awkward and they appear kinda shifty. It’s like they’re either not telling the truth, or they don’t even know what they’re talking about and they’re making things up as they go. But either way, that’s not leaving a positive impression. It’s okay to break eye contact every so often, but too much sends the wrong message.
Be confident when you’re introducing yourself and look that person in the eye when they’re talking, and when you’re talking. Think about it. If you’re looking off when I’m talking to you, it makes me feel that you’d rather be somewhere else, or I’m a complete bore or that you’re just not interested in what I’m saying. Either way, it’s not leaving me feeling great. And, if I’m potentially your boss or a future customer, I’m not sure I can trust you. Be pleasant, smile, make eye contact.
Manners and Respect
Next is having manners and showing respect. If you’re going to someone’s home for a dinner party or holiday party, don’t show up empty-handed. Bring a bottle of wine or some sweets or some flowers or whatever else might be appropriate. Be respectful that you’re a guest in someone else’s home and don’t make more work for the host than necessary.
Here’s a tip you might already know; If you have ice in your drink, use a napkin around your glass so that when you shake someone’s hand, you’re not all wet. Be patient during conversation and don’t interrupt. If it’s a sit-down dinner, use the correct silverware and place your napkin on your lap as soon as you’re seated. When you leave, always thank the host for a great evening. And one more thing… if the bottle of wine you brought doesn’t get drank, don’t take it back with you. Whatever you bring, stays there.
The next way you can leave a positive impression on people is to smell good. Most men do not wear cologne, so if you do, you’ll have an advantage. The sense of smell is linked to memory and it’s unlike any of our other senses. The sense of smell is tied to our emotions, and memories triggered by scents are experienced more emotionally than other memories. I can still remember the smell of my mother frying Brussel sprouts in a pan when I was a kid.
They smelled disgusting and of course, she made me eat some and I gagged at the table. It wasn’t pretty. But, I can also remember the smell of her amazing peanut butter cookies, and my fathers’ Italian tomato sauce that took 2 days on the stove. It’s not only having the memories, but because the memories are tied to a smell, you feel something more when you recall that memory.
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The cool thing is the samples are small enough to carry with you or stash in your car so you’re always ready and always smelling great. Fragrance is such a simple way to leave a positive impression on people, especially with safe, crowd-pleasing scents like these. It triggers the response in people that if you care enough to use a little cologne, you probably also care about other small details in your life.
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Your overall style
Next on my list is your overall style. This does not have to be complicated. But being well put together and making sure that your clothes fit, your shirt is tucked in, your pants aren’t puddling and your shoes are clean, really goes a long way with making and leaving a positive impression. Here’s why. Most men stop caring about style in their late 20’s to early 30’s. So, by the time they’re 40, they’re outdated and uninformed about presenting themselves in a professional manner that sends the message to other people that you’re still relevant and know what you’re doing.
And, before someone comments on this video saying that you shouldn’t care what other people think, and clothes shouldn’t matter… you’re right. Clothes shouldn’t matter… but they do, period…… Why to lawyers wear suits to court instead of jeans and a t-shirt? Why do strippers wear…. whatever it is they wear? It’s all the same. Your appearance is the first thing people see and it’s your way of helping to control the impression you make on other people. Lawyers want to win your case, and stippers wanna make tips. They both dress accordingly and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Alright, if you made it this far, don’t go anywhere because I’ve only got two left. But please tap the thumbs up button to let me know you’re still here. Okay… next up is your communication. Please limit your swear words in conversation. I’m okay with a little flim and flam if I just met you, but excessive use of swear words as filler words will not leave a positive impression. That might be fine if you’re hanging with the boys in college, but after that, it kinda suggests to people that you’re uneducated and can’t properly convey a thought. If you swear a lot in regular conversation, you could definitely benefit by working to reign that in a little bit.
Last on my list of how you can leave a positive impression, is your personal grooming. Listen up, if you have a bunch of nose hairs poking out or crazy eyebrow hair that’s all over the place, it’s distracting to other people you’re in conversation with. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean. I’m not saying you have to pluck and wax all the time, but in order for other people to not have a reason to question your professionalism, or whether or not she wants a second date, it’s in your best interest to pay attention to your grooming.
If you’re in between haircuts, get a little trimmer and take care of the hair on the back of your neck. Check your nose hair every morning and get a nose hair trimmer or get a wax kit on Amazon. If you wanna watch me wax my nose hair, I’ll leave a link to that video for your viewing pleasure. Honestly, it’s not that bad.