CHAMPION STRATEGIES – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
WIN OVER YOUR AUDIENCE WITH A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION (PT.2)
Five Steps To a Good First Impression
Look the part. Although we were taught to never judge a book by its cover, a well-groomed, sharply dressed presenter will have a far better impact on their audience than a groggy-eyed one in sweats and sandals. Like it or not, people make little judgments and decisions even before words come pouring out. Taking some extra time to put yourself together is a surefire way to boost your confidence. The importance of a good first impression is initially resting on how you look that day.
Mind your body language. A good outfit paired with a sad slouch and scowl across your face won’t win your audience either. Studies say poor body cues such as crossed arms or lip biting are frequently associated with a “do not approach, do not trust” signal.
When you get on the stage or enter the meeting room, take a quick moment to check your posture and relax your face muscles. It’s much more comforting to be remembered for your smile and charm, than for your nail biting or deer-caught-in-the-headlights look.
Be comfortable in your own skin. Most people can sense awkwardness from a mile away; a pair of uncomfortable shoes, an itchy dress shirt, or forgetting to put on deodorant can quickly eat away at your confidence. If you want to make a good first impression, wear a trustworthy outfit – one that you know fits well and is comfortable to be in. The less outside influences you have to worry about, the more you can focus on delivering your message and promoting your brand.
Master your communication. Speaking with confidence isn’t a natural trait for every person who speaks at a board meeting or headlines at a seminar. The importance of first impressions can be tied to the delivery of your message; honing some good communication skills will help you in many ways. Spend some time reciting your speech in front of a mirror and master your message, so when you get up in front of your audience, discussing it is like second nature.
Bring the positivity. People are naturally attracted to upbeat individuals and your “trust” is often put into those who are charismatic and fun. Think of a first impression as an opportunity to sell yourself. No one wants to buy something from a negative salesperson with no personality. A positive attitude is essential in every good first impression.
In just a matter of seconds, the people you’re presenting to will decide whether or not they want to listen based on how you look, how you sound, and what you’re doing.
Do you look clean and well groomed?
Do you speak clearly with good articulation?
Do you move naturally and smile often?
Once you learn how to make a good first impression, you’ll win over any audience, and that gives you an advantage as you move through your presentation.
What kind of first impression are you giving your audience?