The following article is a summary of a video by a personal coach and writer, Shadé Zahrai, on how to improve your first impressions using 5 scientifically backed tips. This summary is based on the author’s interpretation and might vary from the content presented in the original video.
Tip 1: Demonstrate Warmth and Competence
(The stereotype content model: Warmth first, then competence)
Warm: People tend to trust other people who are non-competitive and friendly.
Competence: People are more likely to respect you if you:
Have conviction in what you are saying
Appear to know what you’re talking about
Tip 2: Improve your profile
Warm people maintain eye contact (Critical)
Smile (More likely to trust you)
Appearing well groomed will make you appear more competent.
Tip 3: Use the 3-second pause (3SP)
Before you respond to something, count to 3 in your head. (Short counts till 3) and then reply.
Pauses emphasise on essential points you want to make.
This encourages trust and avoids awkward overlapping moments.