Does a first impression set the tone of what's next? 

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by Patricia Feager, 4/19/19

 

 

There are many factors why relationships matter. If you were born into a family that plays or stays together you're one of the lucky ones. If you are a business owner and on average all clients are previous clients or referrals, you must be very successful and others are content with how you do business. 

 

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his

point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." 

 

--- Aticus Finch, the fictional lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird

 

A first impression must be favorable and unforgettable. It makes you take notice with undeniable curiosity without a flaw in judgment, especially when someone is different. Beware of people who make cruel assessments about others and those who plant seeds in your head. I am not one of the Silent Generation, born between 1925-1945, which according to census records was comprised of 24.9 million in 2018. However, I wonder what it would be like to listen harder to a radio station where family members gather together in their living room to hear the news of the day when all you got was the facts. 

 

Does a first impression set the tone of what's next? I like to see people in person to read their face, feel their smile, to laugh and learn something about each other without force, intimidation of cameras or distractions by technology. A first impression commands the truth regardless of whether it is good or bad. A good impression may cause you to want more. A great first impression can bring about positive change, a victory, or teach us something new. What's next, is up to you. 

 

 

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marti garaughty
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Apr 19, 2019 09:04 AM #3
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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marti garaughty - Thank you for the feature on "The Art of Marketing You." But most of all, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this for me.

May you have good fortune in all that you do. 

Apr 19, 2019 09:49 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Patricia - I find it interesting to see the Atticus Finch words used in your post. On target and a wise/smart choice.

Apr 19, 2019 09:58 AM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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First impressions are important, especially when it comes to marketing.  It's why real estate professionals stress curb appeal as often as they do.  I love that picture, Patricia!  And, I am part of the "Silent Generation."  I didn't know that label until today!

Apr 19, 2019 10:51 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Apr 19, 2019 10:52 AM #7
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Brian England
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That is why I try to keep a smile on my face at all times, I want people to see a happy person!

Apr 19, 2019 11:01 AM #8
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George Souto
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Patricia a first impression occurs very quickly, and an unfavorable first impression is very hard to overcome.

Apr 19, 2019 11:34 AM #9
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Patricia- I am a pretty good judge of character and I do think that first impressions can color what comes next. 

Apr 19, 2019 07:22 PM #10
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Yes, look into their eyes and really see what they are saying Patricia. That's what can set the tone for a better understanding of what's in their thoughts...

Apr 20, 2019 04:26 AM #11
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Ginny Gorman
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Patricia, I can vet a person and there psyche very well at a first meeting...tells me a lot of where the client & my relationship will be as we go down the real estate path.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 20, 2019 04:56 AM #12
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Ginny Gorman - You have mastered the skill! The first meeting is like opening up the window to see and prepare for what's next. 

Happy Easter to you!

Apr 20, 2019 09:30 AM #13
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Looking into someone's eyes is more telling than a text or email! We live and we learn a lot in this business, don't we?

Have a wonderful Easter/Passover weekend.

Apr 20, 2019 09:31 AM #14
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kathy Streib - With your HR background, you are good at what you do! 

Have a great Easter weekend!

Apr 20, 2019 09:33 AM #15
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Diana Dahlberg
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Definitely I prefer the face-to-face first time connection.  Not only do I get a good read on them but I am able to be myself and build the start of an on-going relation with no pressure but with confidence.

 

Happy Easter!

Apr 21, 2019 09:22 AM #16
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Patricia just stopping by to wish a very happy and blessed Easter today!

Apr 21, 2019 03:46 PM #17
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Laura Cerrano
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Yeah, it’s interesting! Something about the honesty of being clear about how you feel and having that face-to-face contact with whomever ever it is.

Apr 21, 2019 06:51 PM #18
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Laura Cerrano
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A big happy Easter to everybody as well! Everybody be well and happy, George Souto

Apr 21, 2019 06:52 PM #19
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Roy Kelley
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First impressions are so important in the real estate business...from the image of the agent to the first impression of the home for sale.

Apr 22, 2019 05:38 AM #20
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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It's a big deal for people and houses. Those first impressions only come around once.  I'm guessing being authentic is probably the best bet for most of us - genuine goes a long way in setting people at ease. As for houses, better get things in order and spiff it up before inviting people to come see it. D 

Apr 22, 2019 12:49 PM #21
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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First impressions can be deceiving.   I will say that usually if I visit a potential seller's house and it's very messy, dirty, cluttered, unkempt yard, etc--that usually tells me they don't keep up with regular home maintanence. 

Apr 22, 2019 03:11 PM #22
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