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When teaching, networking or meeting people for the first time it is very important to make a good first impression. People can make judgements about you very quickly and often wrongly.

There have been studies that show first impressions are made in the first seven seconds of meeting someone. In these seven seconds, someone has built a picture of the sort of person you are. They may not be right, but it's best to do what you can to make a good first impression.

Some ideas for creating a good first impression include:

- Professional appearance. Dress one up from the people you will be with.
- Badly dressed trainers, the learners think worse of the company
- Make an effort at all times when you interact with people
- start conversations
- if the group are starting to like you before the presentation your session will be easier
- Adjust your attitudes to suit the group.
- Stand up straight, no hands in pockets,
- Smile. Even if hard then fake a smile. People feel better if they see a smile
- Eye contact. Trusting, look at the colour of their eyes.
- Raise eyebrows when talking to someone
- Handshaking. Research has suggested that 3 hours chat equals a handshake that is good. Makes a very good first impression. Slight lean in when handshake.
- Be friendly, approachable and professional, if you do, then your presentation will come across the same.