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3 Tips For Making A Great FIRST Impression

New in school or your workplace? Try these simple tips for making the best impact on your new classmates and coworkers.

It's always a challenge to be the newbie. While it may be daunting to introduce yourself to new classmates or coworkers, you always want to put your best foot forward right at the beginning. A positive rapport is essential for you to work as a team, whether in class or at work. You also have the opportunity to dispel any misconceptions about yourself by showing them right off the bat that you're a friendly and approachable gal. Here are a few ways you can make the best first impression on your future office and schoolmates:  

1. Be a name-dropper.

People subconsciously love hearing their name—use it while chatting and they'll have a good reaction to you. It also penetrates their perceptual filters, grabbing their attention.

2. Dress to impress.

On your first day, wear an outfit you've gotten compliments on (you'll project confidence) plus one eye-catching piece: a cool top, fun earrings, or trendy shoes. You'll definitely be noticed...and remembered.

3. Show some enthusiasm.

Pepper your conversation with superlatives like "amazing" and "wonderful." Not only are we naturally attracted to energy and enthusiasm, but the upbeat words elevate one's mood.

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