Bad impressions are a hard thing to overcome. We don't want to leave a bad impression but sometimes either because of habit or circumstances we leave a bad impression.
Whether you make a bad impression socially or on your career path, it can change the course of your life. In the long (and short!) run bad impressions can cost you A LOT of money, name, and fame.
Here are some examples of bad impressions that you can avoid and prevent a faux pas (and potential failure):
1. You're Late for a meeting
Whether it's a job interview, client meeting, or doctor's appointment, you should always be on time.By being late, you are showing a lack of respect for everyone else's time. It also shows that you are tardy, unorganized and inconsiderate.
2. Not Dress for Success
If you are underdressed for the occasion, you may be unconsciously communicating that you don't care. While your appearance is only one factor, it indeed influences how you are perceived by others.
3. You Are bothersome
You may get excited very easily or can get impatient very quickly, but there is etiquette that needs to be followed—which doesn't include incessant calling or email. Whether you are waiting for interview feedback, job offer or a meeting, a follow-up phone call or an email can be appropriate in many cases, but calling to the point of irritation is inexcusable.
4. You Don't Make Eye Contact
A lack of eye contact in a meeting can say a lot about you. It may tell the person on the other side that you're shy, disinterested, or dishonest. If you are you are speaking to more than one person, you can shift your gaze between them, but be sure to look each person in the eye for at least a couple of seconds.
5. You Don't Smile
Smiling, the universal sign of happiness is a great way to convince the person you are meeting that you're genuinely pleased to be there. It helps you create a good impression, and you comes across as easy to talk to and enthusiastic about the opportunity. It also shows to you be friendlier and approachable. Be mindful of your smile for an oversized or artificial grin used too often during the interview will lead to the opposite result. During the meeting, be sure to smile but only when you mean it. It's infinitely better to smile occasionally but earnestly than to smirk constantly for no reason at all.
6. Using your Cell Phone
Using a cell phone at inappropriate times and places is the easiest way to make a bad impression. It shows lack of respect. It also sends the message that the meeting or person is not important to you. When in a meeting, interview, or appointment, make certain your cell phone is shut off. (Don't even think of answering it or sending a text.)
7. You Lack Writing Skills
More business communication is done through writing channel than verbal medium. Writing skills are an important part of communication. Writing expresses who you are as a person. Good writing skills allow you to communicate your message with clarity. The ability to correspond with someone using proper grammar and spelling does matter. It shows you are profession and pay attention to detail. If you use slang and shortcuts in emails, on in your correspondence, it can make you look unprofessional.
8. Being Vain
People can lose interest in you if you is the only thing you talk about and care. It's good to highlight your best points, especially in a job interview, but be sure that you have other things to talk about, and be ready to listen when others are speaking.
9. Lack of Research
If you are meeting a new client or going for an interview, and you know absolutely nothing about client, company or product, it doesn't look good on you. Do your homework, learn about the company, person or product you are discussing. It shows that you care and value what you are planning on doing.
10. Poor Social Skills
Social skills are very important component of our survival. Before meeting someone important, brush up on your social skills. Research the person and topic you are hoping to talk about. Be confident, show eye contact and have your materials prepared ahead of time. If you are nervous, find appropriate relaxation methods to practice ahead of time.
What techniques do you follow to avoid the bad impression?