How to Make a Great First Impression and Improve Every Area of Your Life

How to Make a Great First Impression and Improve Every Area of Your Life

This is a guest post by Luke Doyle.

Interpersonal relationships still matter! In fact, our meat-space encounters carry a ton more weight now that so many aspects of our lives are dealt with online.

From greeting guests to your Airbnb digs to being introduced to potential clients at work, to the dreaded meeting of the in-laws, face-to-face meetings can land anywhere on the spectrum between disaster and delight. Unfortunately, first impressions are so important that a disaster can take an awful lot of work to put right.

In fact, we seem to judge each other at an almost subliminal level when we first meet new people.

It takes just a tenth of a second to decide if someone’s trustworthy, and 100 milliseconds to form an initial impression.

If you’re hoping for a positive review from your Airbnb guest, a long and fruitful relationship with your client, and an easy time with your partner’s parents, you’ll want to make sure they get the right signals from the instant they set eyes on you.

Good eye contact is a principle that will stand you well in each of those scenarios.

It can be nerve-wracking, but it’s worth the effort since staring at your shoes or over your mother-in-law’s shoulders will make you look untrustworthy or insincere. Looking from eye to eye and to the mouth can be a good way of staying focused while not appearing to stare. Eye contact also makes it easier to generate an authentic smile – which is good news, since smiling helps but a fake smile can really turn people off!

There are plenty of other body language hacks you can use to create goodwill.

A handshake should be firm but not overbearing. Never try to prove anything with that shake – they’ll see right through you.

Instead, use it for what it truly means, which is an extension of human warmth and trust. Keep your arms unfolded while you listen, so you look engaged and not defensive. And while it can be reassuring to lean in to listen more closely, be wary of invading personal space, which is usually around the length of your forearm and hand between strangers.

But thankfully it’s not all about how you look and what you do with your hands. You can create a good first impression simply by being interested in the people that you meet. By asking questions and not lingering too much on your own story. When you do talk, avoid filler words – ums and ahs – if you want to come across confidently.

This new infographic from OnStride provides more details on all the behaviors you can tweak to give an awesome first impression.

With practice, they can become second nature. Which means making easy, warm introductions to all the people in your life. Whether it’s someone you’ll pass the time with just once or a meaningful relationship that will last you the long haul.

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How to Find The Best Jewelry Deals: 6 Tips to Shop Wisely

How to Find The Best Jewelry Deals: 6 Tips to Shop Wisely

Shopping for jewelry can be a daunting task. Not only do you have the pressure of choosing the perfect piece for the person you are buying for, but also the stress of selecting from the never-ending jewelers and online marketplaces. It’s overwhelming, to say the least.

With that being said, it doesn’t have to be. Armed with a little bit of know-how and a sprinkling of common sense, choosing the best piece of jewelry for the best price doesn’t have to cause you any more stress than it should.

If you are in the market for the perfect piece of jewelry for your friend or loved one, but don’t want to pay an armload, here are some excellent tips for the best jewelry deals.

Finding The Best Deals on Jewelry

1. Avoid Prestigious Brands

Companies spend millions of dollars every year on improving their brand and their awareness. The bigger the brand, the more they can charge for their products because of their perceived value. If you want to save yourself a pretty penny when shopping for jewelry, whether that’s an engagement ring, a diamond bracelet, a watch or an earring, take a look at the smaller, less obvious jewelers. The quality tends to be exactly the same, just at a marginally lower price point.

2. Shop Online

To build on the previous point about branding, another massive cost for regular retail businesses are the overheads associated with owning a brick and mortar business. Online business doesn’t have that problem. They need a domain name, hosting and a good-looking website design. That’s it!

Online jewelers tend to have far fewer overheads than a regular brick and mortar business, meaning a lot of that extra money is given to you, the customer, in the form of cheaper products.

When shopping online for expensive jewelry, make sure the vendor you choose is reputable. It’s easier to be scammed on the internet than it is in real life, so be diligent when buying jewelry online.

3. Consider Silver

Gold is all the rage right now, though, it’s always been a popular item. However, silver is becoming trendier, seen everywhere on the fashion scene. It’s also considerably cheaper!

If you don’t mind compromising on the type of metal that your new piece of jewelry is made of, consider choosing silver as opposed to gold. The amount of money you will save is enough to justify the compromise.

4. Second-Hand Jewelry

This tip on finding the best jewelry deals is not for everyone, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Pawn shops and second-hand jewelers often stock some amazing pieces of jewelry that look as good as new, just at a heavily discounted price.

Second-hand jewelry also has the mystique and history attached to it that brand-new jewelry does not. Always make sure that the jewelry is certified before you buy it. Again, it’s easier to be scammed by a pawn shop than it is from a reputable dealer.

5. More Carats Does Not Always Equal Better

The term carat refers to the weight of a stone, not its size. If you take a 1-carat diamond and a 0.9-carat diamond in the palm of your hand, the visible difference is often negligible. However, the difference in cost between the two is usually dramatic.

Save yourself some money by considering a step down in carat. Your eyes won’t tell the difference, but your bank account certainly will.

6. Set a Strict Budget

When you don’t have a strict budget in place, it’s easy to overspend. You are more likely to justify paying a higher price for something if you are loose with your budgeting. The first rule of saving money on a purchase is to know the highest price you are willing to pay, and sticking to it.

These 6 tips should help you find the best jewelry deals online.

 If you are in the market for the perfect piece of jewelry for your friend or loved one, but don’t want to pay an armload, here are some excellent tips for the best jewelry deals. #savemoney #onlineshoppingtips #shoppingtips