We've all heard the expression, "Look before you leap", but how about the expression, "LISTEN before you leap"? People make an impression when they enter a room for a meeting, party, interview, or whatever. A person who immediately starts throwing out opinions makes an impression...usually a bad one!
Pause when entering and try to get a feel for what is going on. Assess the mood...are people down, up, happy, sorrowful, or anxious? Do they appear eager to learn something from you or do they seem reluctant to accept you? You'll be more successful reaching people if you can get a sense of what the atmosphere is before you begin interacting.
Then, save your energy for when it will really count. Know what tricks you have to use with yourself to get your energy level up. Use those mental and physical techniques to prepare yourself when you're about to meet someone or a group. Focus on the person or persons around you and try to find the pleasant and interesting things about them. Well harnessed energy can have a magnetic effect.
People who speak with energy and conviction will draw an audience to them whether they agree or disagree with what they say. Speak with confidence, too, because if you're tentative no one will be drawn to you.
Finally, chill, that's right, "be cool". Don't take yourself so seriously. Do you say "I" too often or focus on your own problems, complain, and burst the balloons of other people by shooting down their ideas? If you even agreed to one of these you need to take a chill pill!
To make others comfortable, you must be comfortable with yourself. So, just be yourself and realize the ingredients to make a good impression are all within you. Nobody can be you better than...you!
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