One the biggest mistakes people make when they're trying to impress someone is that they assume people only pay attention to the important or "big" things they do. But the reality is that the little things are what matter most. It's the little things we do or don't do every day that shapes us into who we are. The little things determine how we respond when big things come into our lives.
Every action is significant.
The kind of image you present to the world is determined by your actions, comments, attitude, behavior and even appearance. These things can be noticed within the first few seconds of meeting someone. So, how do you let people know who you really are?
Impressing without the big gestures
How do you impress everyone around you without big gestures or a lot of time? These 30 things might be simple, but they have a big impact. Their effects are lasting. People will remember the little things you do and that can make the difference you're looking for.
Dress the part
Our appearance is the thing people see first. They look at your clothes, hair, shoes, etc. They make assumptions about you before you even open your mouth. If you want to impress people, dress for the occasion. Take time to get ready in the morning.
Be presentable in your dressing.
You don't have to look glamorous and fashionable all the time. Just put in enough effort to appear presentable and well put together. You can be sure that the way you dress is what people will notice first, and it counts towards a first impression.
Say, "Please" and, "Thank you" often
These are small words, but they go a long way. Expressing your gratitude to people, even for the smallest acts of kindness, shows that you see the good in people; it shows that you pay attention to the things people around you are doing and saying.
The magic words show you're considerate.
"Please" and "thank you" indicate good manners, and a propensity to be appreciative of other people's time and effort. The more you use these words, the easier it will be for you to quickly make a good impression on others.
Smiles are contagious. If a stranger walks past you at the store and smiles, it is a natural response to smile back. Seeing someone smile can remind others that there are things to be grateful for, that life is fun and exciting.
But don't be a creepy smiler!
Don't smile at strangers while making long and protracted eye contact. That's just going to freak them out! A quick smile will get your friendly message across much better. And never ask someone to smile either! That's just rude and presumptuous.
Don't be constantly using your phone
When you are with someone, be with them. Phones are an amazing piece of technology. But they are also an awful distraction. Use your phone when it is appropriate. You do not need it out every second of every day.
And don't ever take it out during a date!
It's rude enough to have your phone out when you're with friends. But if you're trying to make a good impression on a date, let the phone stay in your pocket or purse. Or you're just going to come across as an extremely rude person.
Greet people with a handshake or hug
Determine what type of situation you are in. You probably don't want to go into an interview and hug your potential boss, but you should offer them a firm handshake. Being able to determine what's appropriate in any situation is also something that impresses people.
Hug the loved ones
With close friends and family members, a hug shows a level of intimacy. It shows that you love and care about them and gives you a way to physically express that. Let your loved ones know you care about them.
Look for the good in people around you and take the time to let them know you noticed. Being complimented would make anyone feel good. Compliment them on their clothes, their work, their attitude or anything you can think of.
But be sincere with your compliments
Most people can spot a faker a mile away. If you're trying to compliment someone, make sure you really mean it. Avoid complimenting them just for the sake of it. Your compliment should be genuine and come from the heart.
Listen to others
Most people aren't really good listeners. So someone who listens well will always be appreciated. When someone is talking to you, listen to what they are saying. Don't be thinking of a response while they are still talking. Be a good listener.
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