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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When we think of inventors, the image that comes to mind is usually that of a frazzled scientist toiling away in a lab, not celebrities pulled from the pages of Us Weekly. However, a number of well-known public figures hold patents for various innovations. Some are related to the work that made them famous, while others are offshoots of hobbies or just a single great idea.
Part of guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen's signature sound was his two-handed tapping technique, but letting all ten fingers fly while simultaneously holding up the guitar's neck could get a bit tricky. Van Halen came up with a novel way to get around this problem, though; he invented a support (top) that could flip out of the back of his axe's body to raise and stabilize the fretboard so he could tap out searing songs like "Eruption." While Van Halen was obviously interested in improving his guitar work, the patent application he filed in 1985 notes that the device would work with any stringed instrument. Want to tap out a scorching mandolin solo? Find someone selling Eddie's device.
It’s probably not surprising that James Cameron—who designed a submersible to take him to the deepest known part of the ocean—will often invent technology to make his films if what he needs doesn’t exist. He holds a number of patents, including US Patent No. 4996938, “apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment,” that he and his brother, Michael, created to film The Abyss and patented in 1989. The device is basically an underwater dolly equipped with propellers that makes it easy for a camera operator to maneuver in the water—and allowed Cameron to capture the shots he wanted for the 1989 film, part of which was filmed in an abandoned nuclear reactor.
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis designed and patented a disposable diaper that included a waterproof pocket that held baby wipes. She hasn't profited from her idea yet, though, since she refuses to license the patent until diaper companies make biodegradable products.
You know him as a rock legend, but Neil Young also loves trains—so much that he owns a stake in a model train manufacturing company and has an extensive collection. He also holds seven patents related to model trains, including Patent No. US5441223, "Model train controller using electromagnetic field between track and ground."