It does not take long for someone to have an impression of you; maybe three seconds would do. To make a great first impression here are three critical factors.
- Be on time — In today’s world of someone doing their own thing, punctuality is still important if you want to make a good first impression. Respecting your audiences’ time will always work in your favor.
- Dress for Success — A great rule of thumb is to dress professionally at all times. Suit and tie or a well matched sport jacket shirt and tie. Yes I know about business casual. Unless you know that is appropriate, dress up, for you can always dress down by removing your tie or jacket. However, if you do not have it you cannot dress up.
- Smile — It is the counter sign of Friendship – A sincere smile makes you friendly and the audience will respond in a positive way.
Which effort has more hours involve? Working fifteen minutes a day, five days a week for two months or just one eight hour work day. There answer is they both involved the same number of hours. The more important question might be is which is easier of the two options. Many people will say that doing fifteen minutes a day is easier.
If you want to be a better speaker, trainer or just about anything in life, it is best to be consistent and do something every day. For example, speaking at any opportunity will make you a better speaker and help guide you to practices that will increase your skill sets.
In conjunction with being consistent, people need to develop the discipline to be consistent. Discipline and consistency work hand in hand and are 2 major factors for success.
An old saying once said, ‘Inch by inch is a cinch, yard by yard is hard’.