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7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Bill Lampton, Ph.D.

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Bill Lampton, of The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication, Change Your Life!helps clients Learn More. . .Earn More! As a communication expert, he has been interviewed by Cosmopolitan, Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, Deltas SKY, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications. Bill has provided keynote speeches, seminars, and communication coaching for Gillette, Procter & Gamble, the British Columbia Legal Management Association, the University of Georgia Athletic Association, CenturyTel, Environmental Protection Agency, Orvis Company, and the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Visit his Web site to sign up for his complimentary online newsletter:

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We have all heard this warning: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” In fact, psychologists caution that we only have from seven to 17 seconds of interacting with strangers before they form an opinion of us.

With this widely acknowledged pressure to “make our case” instantly, here are seven tips for making your first impression strongly positive:

Make the Other Person the Center of Attention

Good Listening Skills

Use Others’ Names Frequently

Be Careful with Humor

You Don’t Need to Be Right

Dress Appropriately

Your Words Matter

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