This week is all about making a good first impression. Others may say that this topic is unnecessary but we all need a little reminding every now and then. So how do we make a good first impression?
1. Appearance – Let’s face it! We live in a world where everything is judged according to visuals. Don’t get me wrong though. I am not saying that there are “beautiful people” and “ugly people”. What I’m implying is that people judge you by the way you present yourself. How you dress, how you style your hair, even the way you sit and stand says a lot about you. So the next time you step out of the house, take that time to have a second look in the mirror and make sure that you are looking your best. You never know what or who you’ll stumble upon that day – be prepared.
2. Behavior – Next to visuals, people tend to scrutinize the way you act. We are all expected to behave in a socially acceptable way especially in a professional setting. I know that some of you are shaking your heads “Is she saying we should conform and stick to status quo?” I am not. The general rule is to treat people with respect. Be considerate of others and avoid doing things that may insult, embarrass, or hurt them. “Do unto others what you want others do unto you.”
3. Profile, Picks, and Groups – I am a BIG profile perv. I check profiles before talking to people because this allows me to gather bits and pieces about them. You should be smart when it comes to creating your profile and I prefer it to be brief and straight to the point. You should include important information like employment, skills, education, area of interests, and contact details. The biography space is limited so make use of picks if needed.
“Guilty by association”, “Birds of the same feather flock together” – I’m sure all you have heard these phrases in one point or another. If you belong to groups that you think might put you in jeopardy, leave it or hide it.
4. Social Media Networks – One of the things I shared in class was “to avoid posting things online when you’re mad, upset, or drunk” and I admit that I, myself, am guilty of this crime. “But this is my account! I can do as I please!” That is true. Just keep in mind that whatever you post and share can either make or break people’s perception of you. Drawing a fine line between personal and professional matters/relationships is vital for a successful career. If you want to post something crazy (e.g. a photo of you and your friends doing bodyshots at a local bar), then at least spend time to familiarize yourself with filtering and privacy settings. Each social media platform has their own terms and conditions – read them.
I am really learning a lot at MBMA and I’m lucky to have a great instructor and superb ladies training with me. Shout out to Aisha, Dani, Eva, Helli, Nickle, Vero, Morgane, Sequoia, and Mimmi! ❤