I’m on the road again this week for work, which means I’m meeting new people, working with customers to help solve their pain points and getting them on the road to success. There are always varying levels of stress during visits like this; as much as I am a loan systems expert I also serve as a friendly ear and advocate during visits like these.
Meeting new people is stressful for some, even if the situation itself doesn’t present stressors of its own. For instance, names are not my strong suit. It often takes several introductions and interactions before I will remember someone’s name, even though I will recognize their face immediately. This presents a particular challenge to me during onsite visits, as its very frustrating (not to mention embarrassing) to not have people remember your name.
It turns out remembering people’s names is one of the keys to making a great first impression and making people like you from the first meeting. I’ve got my own methods that work for me to help me remember new names, but there are others out there. Check out this article from Travis Bradberry over at Forbes for how to make a great first impression.
Spoiler: Travis’ Tip #8 is insanely easy to do, and I have found it makes a big impact.
8 Ways To Get People To Like You Immediately
New research from Harvard shows that we make two very important judgments every time we meet someone new. Be ready for them so that you can make a strong first impression.