You only get one chance to make a first impression. True? True!
Competition is fierce in today’s art market, and you must distinguish yourself.
How will people come to know you? More importantly, how will they remember you?
Consider this advice when you want to be memorable in the right way.
There is no excuse to go into a meeting or situation blindly when you have the virtual world readily available. A simple check with search engines or a social media account might lead you to a treasure of information.
Conduct your research in advance to show people that you’ve heard of them – this always impresses.
You might also discover facts in your research that will help you skillfully navigate any conversation.
Be on time.
The little computer we all carry around in our purses and pockets has made it far too easy for us to be tardy to appointments. All we have to do is text someone to tell her we’re running late.
This is usually fine when you know the other person well. It’s not fine if it’s your first meeting or if you make it a habit.
People will think you are a fine human being if you listen to what they have to say rather than dominating the conversation.
Be present then they are more likely to return the favor when it’s your time to speak.
Don’t wait for an introduction or an invitation. Hold out your hand in a live situation and introduce yourself: “Hi, I’m Jack.”
Shake hands firmly and look the other person in the eye. Repeat and remember their name.
Ditto for the virtual world. (If only you could extend a hand through your computer!)
Whether you are attending a business meeting, applying for a grant, or submitting to a competition, read details and follow instructions.
When people are thoughtful enough to provide details about a meeting or event and you reply without reading what they wrote, they are going to think less of you. They can't help it.
Accept no less than 100% responsibility for your actions and success.
Be brief in your email messages and, for Pete’s sake, don’t beat around the bush.
Burying the lead (your reason for writing) will cause recipients to scratch their heads. It will also banish your email to the bottom of the inbox.
How can people respond if they don’t know why you’re writing?
I’m not asking you to do anything that is less than genuine. I’m only encouraging you to be the best version of yourself.
How do you make a dynamite first impression?
Do you have a memory of someone whose first impression left much to be desired?
Please share your experiences in a comment below.