When you’ve finally finished all the last touches to your business, and it’s ready to be introduced into the world – this is a pretty scary thought. You have put so much work in for weeks, months, or even years, and now you’re finally ready to see how the general public feel towards your business, and more importantly, if anyone wants to purchase your products or services.
There are a lot of things to do to ensure that you have a positive reaction to whatever you’re putting out there, and the best way to do that is by making the best possible first impression, and that’s all down to you.
Here’s what you need to do.
Have confidence because you’ve done things right.
This covers a whole bunch of different areas whether that be that your small business insurance is covering any risks, or your products have all been tried, tested, and are ready to hit the online store. Whatever it may be, you know that you’ve done it right. So there’s no need to not walk around with your head held high, because you know you’ve done it all the correct way without cutting corners, and people will look up to you for that.
Body language speaks volumes.
Regardless of who you’re speaking to, it’s important that you’re aware of what your body language is saying. Now, this doesn’t mean be paranoid about it, because then you’ll just look stiff and uncomfortable. But just be aware of the little things, like your posture. Stand up straight, make sure your arms aren’t closed around your body, and keep your facial expression a nice one. It really is just obvious things to watch, that can really make a big difference.
Always hold the eye contact.
There is nothing more uninviting than trying to have a conversation with someone who won’t even look you in the eye. It not only feels like a lack of respect, but it’s frustrating too. So if you’re trying to engage new customers or business partners, make sure you look them in the eye. For some of you, this may be difficult because it makes you uncomfortable, and if this is the case, there are a few tricks that you can do. When speaking, or listening, look at the other person long enough to figure out the colour of their eyes. That should get you through it.
Smile, even if you don’t feel like it.
There will always come a day where you just don’t feel like smiling, whether something in your home life is going on, or you’ve just woken up on the wrong side of the bed, but because you’re professional – you push past that. The best way you can engage with a stranger, without even saying any words, is by smiling. It is such a powerful action that can have the most amazing positive effect on people, so if that’s what needs to be done to make a good first impression – so be it. Even if it doesn’t feel too natural at first, you will soon get used to it, and you’ll find it just becomes second nature to you whenever a potential client walks through the door.