G'day my friend...
What I'm about to share applies to men and women (Don't worry ladies, I promise to always include you, too). But, it isn't easy to master. Not many great skills are. So, if you want to know how to really make a connection on that first date, or even land a casual drink with a potential hottie, then sit up and pay attention...
Step One: Take care of yourself. Basic personal hygiene is a must.
Step Two: Don't take yourself too seriously. There's nothing worse than trying too hard.
Step Three: Make eye contact, shake their hand, smile and introduce yourself. Don't be too aggressive, or too passive. Just be you.
Step Four: Most importantly, keep the conversation about the other person. As great as you might be, save the personal accolades for your personal memoir.
Step Five: Pick up the tab. Generosity goes a long way in first impressions.
Step Six: Send a follow up "thank you" note or message. Don't be a stalker, just be polite and grateful.
Now, why in the world am I sharing dating advice in a daily leadership tips email?
Great question, my wise friend...
Because the same formula applies to meeting prospective clients, customers and even potential employers for the first time.
Mastering first impressions can be as easy as the list above. Or as difficult as you want to make it.
The bottom line is that you have to practice.
So, the next time you're a wingman with your besties, try the above out.
And, the next time you're at a professional networking event keep the conversation about whoever it is that you're trying to win over. They don't care what you did last weekend.
It really is that simple, my friend.
Oh, and if it feels awkward to not talk about yourself, it's probably just your ego dying.
That's a good thing.
Here's to making real connections...
PS. I've decided to run next month's free coaching webinar on Confidence...
We'll be deep diving into the psychology of self-belief and how you can flip the script on self-doubt.
You can learn more over yonder here...
G'day my friend...