We all know that first impressions matter, but is it enough to just come across in a positive way? Probably not. After all, how many times have you met someone at a networking event or a social gathering and found them pleasant, but then forgot their name soon after they walked away? Could you remember what their face looked like the next day? How much of the conversation could you recall?
Whether you’re looking to expand your client base at work, expand your circle of friends or make a new love connection, you need to make a lasting impression as much as you make a positive one. Following these tips will help you make yourself more memorable when you meet new people:
– Develop Your Own Sense of Style. While you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, adopting the same standard uniform as your colleagues and friends makes you blend in with the crowd. Look for ways that you can bring something unique to what you’re wearing and reflect who you are with how you dress. For a man, it maybe a wristwatch with a colorful face or a tie in an unexpected pattern. For a woman, a scarf or a pair of earrings can do the trick.
- Look for Ways to Make a Difference. People will remember you for the positive things you do, even if they’re small. Something as simple as offering to email someone the name of a contact or offering a compliment that brighten someone’s day can leave behind a powerful imprint on their memories.
– Don’t Shrink Away from the Spotlight. You don’t have to be the loudest one at the party or the presenter at the meeting to be remembered, but don’t be afraid to reach out for the spotlight occasionally. Be the one to tell the great story at the dinner party or raise your hand and ask an insightful question that gets the room buzzing.
– Listen More Than You Speak. We’re used to talking to people who are waiting for their turn to speak rather than listening to what we say. When someone is actually listening and asking insightful follow-up questions, we take notice. You’ll be amazed how much bigger of an impression you’ll leave on someone if you let them talk about what they do at work rather than telling them all about how you spend your days.
– Speak Outside the Box. Finding new ways to express common ideas can separate you from people who talk in buzzwords and clichés. Creative analogies, colorful descriptions and actionable language can all make powerful impressions. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re in a social or work situation when you’re meeting new people, but don’t stress too much about how things are going. Making yourself memorable can take some practice, so relax and view every introduction and conversation as an opportunity, not a test. You’ll make the best impression of all when you feel free to be yourself.