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FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT WHETHER IT’S BUSINESS OR PLEASURE 1 “ We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities. – Mark Montano, host of the American version of 10 Years Younger TIPS ON HOW TO IMPRESS ” The first impressions count – once formed, it’s not always possible to change the other person’s opinion. A fleeting look, lasting about 3 seconds, is what it takes for someone to evaluate you at a first meeting. As unfair as this might sound, this is unfortunately the way the world works. The initial encounter is crucial because it sets the foundation for further interaction. Some might feel that this type of assessment is a cruel form of stereotyping but we are all accomplices in this pattern of behaviour. We form these opinions about others based on appearance, body language and mannerisms. There is one crucial element that we unanimously take into consideration at all times …the smile! Whether you are meeting the in-laws for the first time, speed-dating or going to a job interview, you need your smile and it had better be a good one. A good smile can get you out of lot of trouble, because you may be excused from indiscretions simply on that basis. I once arrived for a job interview with a dinner suit on (unfortunately, I hadn’t had time to change following a debaucherous party the night before), feeling like the odd one out in a room full of grey suited citytype men. I confidently walked into the interview, with a broad smile on my face, shook hands warmly with the interview panel and took my seat as if I was a guest of honour. Instead of mentioning my attire, two of the panel commented that I was looking rather cheerful and happy - my ploy to distract them had worked! You know what happened later? You guessed right, I got the job! ESSENTIAL TIPS TO HELP YOU CREATE GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS ALWAYS ARRIVE ON TIME The clock is ticking and you are running late. The person you are meeting is counting the minutes and becoming increasingly infuriated. By the time you finally arrive (five minutes late, sweating and apologetic), your first impression is left in tatters. A genuine friendly smile might be enough to disarm your enraged host but don’t count on it. Make sure you plan to arrive a few minutes early and allow for potential delays. KEEP CALM AND COLLECTED A first time meeting can be daunting. Whether it’s an interview or a business meeting, our unease can be detected by others through subliminal signals which we subconsciously give off. 56 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com AN INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS


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