Remember: You can control that first impression by observing the Rule of Twelve, which suggests that we first notice and remember three things about people we meet.
- The first twelve inches from shoulders up.
- The first twelve steps a person takes.
- The first twelve words a person speaks.
The first rule tells you that people notice everything from your shoulders up: your jacket, your tie, tie knot, how well-pressed or creased your collar is, the length and neatness of your hair, your complexion, your eyes, and your smile.
The second rule tells you to enter a room with confidence and to look as if you both have a reason to be there and are happy to be there.
Smile and extend your hand. Keep your shoulders back and stand up straight. If you carry a briefcase or a purse, keep it in your left hand so that the right hand is ready to shake hands.
The third rule concerns your twelve words. If this is a meeting, your first twelve words should always include a thank you of some kind. For instance, you could thank the manager or client for taking the time to see you.
Use the rule of twelve to make a positive first impression… … …Today!