Make A Good First Impression Or Die

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Impression MakingI always have a fun thought about first impressions,

Make A Good First Impression Or Die.

OK, it is a bit dramatic, but some doors are slammed in your face, some paths are not allowed to be taken or take you LONGER to get back on that road, time is lost. In all the things OUT OF YOUR CONTROL in life that you can TRY to control, WORK to make a good first impression if you want to go somewhere with something or someone. Do not be cavalier with this. I know we all think HOW important are first impressions? In business, life, and relationships, VERY IMPORTANT.

Some tips in all areas:

  • Maintain direct eye contact with people
  • Be confident. Fake it if you have to
  • Don't chew gum, smoke, have strong cologne or perfume, or excessive smile with a new person
  • Watch the tone of your voice and speak clearly and not too fast
  • Dress well ALL the time and groom well, a GIVEN, that to so many completely eludes them
  • Get advice on designing a web site. Canadian research found people saying they liked or didn't like a web site almost as FAST as the eye can take in the information, and the colors you select influence people's opinion of it
  • Don't overly use real estate jargon with new people like days on market, list to sale ratio, and explain slowly and clearly any technical terms like escrow, contract terminology etc.
  • Have a firm handshake, non-sweaty, for both men and women and don't be like a vise grip either too strong or not letting go
  • Lean slightly toward people while sitting showing you are paying attention to them with listening and while standing point your toes toward them to show you are not trying to run away from them
  • If much information is gathered at a meeting in your office, coffee shop, or restaurant feel free to take notes on paper jotting down key items they tell you. Be polite and give people your full attention and not being rude and picking up your cell phone when it rings in the middle of the meeting

Many, many things you can do in a common sense fashion to make a GREAT first impression. If you don't, you probably BLEW IT, and can kiss this person, relationship, FUTURE opportunity goodbye with it being VERY TOUGH to recover. Live and learn I guess, but

MAKE MAKING A GOOD first impression a way of life for you. It always gives you your best shot at many paths toward the future to choose from.

                            That Don't Impress Me Much


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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great advise here Gary . First impressions are so important . By the way do you know where I can get the outfit  she was wearing  I love it .LOL

Have a great day


Aug 27, 2011 05:51 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Gary, total good advice, my pet peeve is always the eye contact. Many people does not realize the importance of eye contact, especially if one plans to work with international buyers, eye contacts is a must.

Aug 27, 2011 05:55 AM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Gary, as always you give good advice and first impressions can make or break a deal.  Good choice of music/video for this post.

Aug 27, 2011 05:56 AM #3
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Gary ~ First impressions are lasting impressions and people are more apt to forget you, not remember you!!

Aug 27, 2011 06:15 AM #4
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Great advice, here, usual.    Always appreciate your thoughtful posts!

Aug 27, 2011 06:16 AM #5
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

I do try very hard to be a good listener!  Years ago a professional told me, "Adopt the behavior and the attitude will follow" and so that's how I "fake the confidence" if necessary.  It does work!  Great, great post!

Aug 27, 2011 06:22 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You seldom get a second chance and even if you do it could be to late.

Aug 27, 2011 06:33 AM #7
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Gary, those knuckle breaking handshakes do tend to leave a first impression as well as the limpy wimpy ones, but I usually give those folks a second chance to impress me.  ' love Shania Twain and that song!

Aug 27, 2011 07:00 AM #8
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Gary, It is easy to leave the wrong first impression when someone doesn't follow those few tips you have mentioned in your post. I believe in good eye contact and a firm hand shake when I meet someone for the very first time.

Aug 27, 2011 07:22 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

First impressions really do mean a great deal, especially in our business. We need to do all we can to make the best one possible.

Aug 27, 2011 07:59 AM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Gary, this is such great advice that we just can't hear too often.
Aug 27, 2011 01:13 PM #11
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Gary, That is kind of a crash and burn diagram. I suppose a great conversationalist can pull out of the steep dive and recover, but many will just corkscrew into the deck. Painfull to watch or be the victim.

Aug 30, 2011 03:14 PM #12
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