A communications expert says: ‘You’ve got just seven seconds to make the right first impression. As soon as you make your entrance, you broadcast verbal and nonverbal signals that determine how others see you. In business those crucial first seven seconds can decide whether you win that new account, or succeed in a tense negotiation.
Are you confident? Comfortable? Sincere? Glad to be there? In that first seven seconds, you shower your audience with subtle “clues”. And whether people realise it or not, they respond immediately to your facial expressions, gestures, stance, and energy. They react to your voice – the tone and pitch. Audiences, whether one or one hundred, instinctively size up your motives and attitudes.’ Whether you’re speaking, selling, interviewing or dating, your appearance, attitude and approach make all the difference.
People can tell a lot about you in seven seconds. They may decide they don’t want to hear anything you have to say, or they may be struck by how much they’re drawn to you. Henry Ward Beecher said: ‘There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure-bearing, that you instinctively feel in their presence that they do you good, whose coming into a room is like bringing a shining lamp there.’
Jesus said, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven’ (Matthew 5:16 NKJV). When you’re in darkness, you see the light before you see the carrier of the light, right? The old saying, ‘First impressions are lasting impressions,’ is true.
“In the first seven seconds people often decide whether they want to hear what you have to say or not. Give them the perfect seven seconds of your life. Be remembered for good!”