Practice the first encounter
You know how actors rehearse their roles?
Imagine that you are exactly in the same position. Practicing your first encounter will help you be more relaxed and poised during your conversation. You can go through several talking points so that you can comfortably transition from one subject to another.
Learning how to make a good impression should start even before you actually meet the other person.
Body language can be a dead giveaway—it can easily show how you really feel and what you really think. So it is important to be cognizant of how your body reacts in different situations such as when you are nervous or even over-confident. Smirks, eye rolls, and nervous tics can be perceived as disinterest or impatience, even if that is not your intention.
Nerves can sometimes cause us to look everywhere but at the person we are talking to, which can be perceived as rude. Focus on making eye contact when speaking and when listening to others.
A smile goes a long way. If you’re meeting people for the first time, you want to create an impression of being friendly and approachable. If you walk around with a frown or grimace on your face, you may be telling people to keep their distance
Discuss about the next meeting
If you want to really make a good first impression, think ahead. Don’t concentrate all of your energy on the current meeting; you should entertain the possibility of future encounters as well.
Lower your expectations
It is essential to understand that the other person is just as uncomfortable as you are in your first encounter. If you set high expectations, it is guaranteed that you won’t make a great first impression.
Don’t make this first encounter about your self
There are two people involved in any new encounter, so avoid concentrating all the attention on yourself. You should also focus on the other person and try to get to know him better.
Listen to what he’s saying and avoid interrupting him halfway. This way, you’ll encourage him to do the same thing to you
A short introduction can give the other person a brief idea about who you are. It shouldn’t take longer than 10 seconds.
Long introductions aren’t only boring, but they can also prevent the other person from opening himself up. The purpose of an introduction is to create a basis for the conversation so that it continues in a positive manner.