7 Strategies for a Brilliant First Impression

Introductions have a 90% failure rate.

Every time you introduce yourself, you have just a few seconds engage your listener. This is your window of opportunity for connection. If you earn their interest during those nine seconds, people will be more likely to listen to you and connect with you.

However, people don’t have time for you to ramble, or sit through a lengthy pitch. They want you to cut to the chase. Give them the bottom line. Tell them how you are going to add value, right from the start.

Tweet This: Every time you introduce yourself you’re either adding value or taking up space. 

It’s not your listener’s responsibility to know how you add value. It’s yours.

This is why you feel stressed during introductions – because now the pressure is on YOU, rather than on your listener.

But there’s good news. You already have certain advantages built into your personality to help you win.

It can be daunting to introduce yourself, but those face-to-face moments give you a chance to expand yourself and your professional sphere.

This all begins with your ability to introduce yourself.

Watch “7 Strategies for a Brilliant First Impression” webinar now.

A quick guide to the 7 strategies in this replay:

The problem you face – 7:00

7 Strategies for a brilliant first impression – 16:34

  1. Find one way to add value to the conversation – 16:44
  2. Understand how the world sees you – 19:01
  3. Create your “Anthem” – 24:09
  4. Ask real questions – 41:49
  5. Consider what your listener is already thinking about – 45:34
  6. Commit to a strong start – 47:33
  7. Bring a sense of purpose to the conversation – 49:36

First impressions are crucial to influencing those who matter most. Are you ready to craft the perfect words to describe your own value – Maybe at your next business conference or job interview?

Create the tagline for your personality with our Ultimate Personal Brand™ playbook.

How do you make a brilliant first impression? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sally Hogshead

Sally skyrocketed to the top of the advertising world in her early 20s, fascinating millions of consumers for clients such as MINI Cooper and Coca-Cola. Since then, she’s published two New York Times bestsellers on the science of fascination, and is one of only 172 living members in the Speaker Hall of Fame. Over a million professionals have taken the Fascination Advantage® personality test to discover how others perceive their communication.

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