It doesn’t take more than a few seconds for people to decide whether they can trust you or not. The brain doesn’t take a conscious decision so unfortunately, it makes it extremely difficult to reason your way out of a bad first impression. That’s precisely why, it is so important to show your best side when you meet someone for the first time, regardless of whether it happens in professional or personal circumstances. There’s already a comprehensive article on creating a positive external appearance for your first IRL meeting. First impressions are the result of a score of confidence that the people you meet give you. This score is based on a set of personal criteria. While it might seem difficult to know how to influence the opinion that someone else has of you, it is easy to address common social expectations that your interlocutors have about you. Indeed, the brain responds to in-built values which are the result of our education. In a business context, these values refer to the success of an individual, the professionalism you show in your attitude and outfit. For instance, if you’re likely to show your vehicle, such as by parking on their grounds or catching up at a venue, you may want to hire a car. If your vehicle is not on display, you might want to Uber your way to the office, so you don’t need to worry about the traffic. Similarly, a professional suit and an elegant pair of shoes will show your business mindset in an instant. And remember to conclude the meeting by giving out your business card. But how do you create a positive first impression when you’re not meeting IRL?
If you’ve planned to join a visio conference with your interlocutor, you have a limited frame to create a great impression. Start by choosing a quiet room, preferably at home, but you can hire an office for the occasion. You will need a neat background, so make sure to declutter the space before your meeting. Additionally, if you’ve got housemates, it’s best to keep them in the loop to avoid them accidentally bursting in during your visio call.
However, accidents happen for a variety of reasons, so if something unexpected occurs in the background, you can use one of the infamous C-Slide best webcam covers to hide the image while you only maintain audio contact momentarily. Make sure to wear your best suit too!
Even phone calls should be taken seriously. While you may not need to wear your professional outfit for a call, most people reckon that wearing a professional gear boosts their confidence. You need to find a quiet room to minimise background noise and interruptions. If you’re using your mobile, you may want to invest in a quality microphone that blocks all background noises and amplifies the sound of your voice. This will also improve the overall quality of your voice, which makes for a clear conversation. And finally, remember to smile as you speak: it makes you sound friendlier.
In conclusion, your remote first impression will only be as good as the tech you use. As unfair as it sounds, if you work with a low-quality webcam or microphone, your interlocutor might condemn you for it.
MR LEE FRASER