Kayla Renee

The Power of a First Impression

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Did you know that a first impression is made in the first 7 seconds of meeting someone and over 50% of that first impression is based on looks alone (what you're wearing, your hair, nails, shoes, perfumes, make-up etc).  The second most important factor is how you say something and coming in a distant last is actually what you say.  So while we may say "don't judge a book by it's cover" there is no denying that we all do.  And knowing this, why not take advantage of it? 


Today I gave a speech to high school students about the power of a first impression and how we have the power to create that impression.  Seeing that I was giving a talk on impression management, I thought it was really important that I well...made a great first impression.  So, first I thought about what three words I wanted to convey about myself in those first 7 seconds: smart, fashionable, fun etc.  Then using those words, I chose something from my closet that I thought conveyed that message.  I introduced myself and then asked them to immediately write down 3 words about me.  I got "well put together", "smart", "fresh and clean", "chic", "fashionable" and some other very kind words.