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The resulting atmosphere can be uncomfortable and there is an immediate need for self-control (try not to wet yourself!). If you think you are likely to fall prey to this common scenario arrive early, take deep breaths and focus your mind on the task ahead. A popular technique used by many business veterans is to go to the wash room, stand in front of a mirror, smile widely and role play your introduction (you are better off making a fool of yourself in front of the janitor than being unprepared for the meeting). The calmness and confidence radiated by you, will create a solid foundation for making that first impression a good one. LOOK THE PART What you look like matters. We are constantly judged on our physical appearance, so your personal presentation could make all the difference in a person’s perception of you – dress appropriately for the occasion. Jeans and trainers do not have the same impact as a clean cut suit, so look the part and strut with confidence. Lest we forget about the importance of personal grooming, a clean and tidy appearance is appropriate for all occasions. Ensure you get a good haircut, shave (females included), wear subtle make-up and don’t forget to brush your teeth – nobody is interested in seeing what you had for lunch! BODY LANGUAGE Positive body language allied with a good physical presence can speak volumes. You should utilise positive body language to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance. Fidgeting is interpreted as nervousness or lack of confidence, so you will need to compose yourself, make eye contact, greet with a firm handshake and of course, smile. This will enable you to project an image of confidence and credibility. BE YOURSELF There is nothing wrong with being you, as long as you don’t have a multiple personality disorder! If you have quirky individual traits that could endear you at a first encounter, please endeavour to use it appropriately within the context of the situation – it would be inappropriate to demonstrate any repulsive habits, simply because you might find it entertaining! A good sense of humour is usually desirable when used appropriately. Remember not everyone looks for conformity and it can be a good thing to stand out from the crowd, just don’t go overboard! RESEARCH AND FINDING COMMON GROUND All conversations are based on knowledge, understanding and honest exchange. Pre-empting the questions is a great way to prepare but to do this you will need to research the person on the other side of the table. Find out about the other party, company or the interviewer, research them using the internet and make sure your information is current. See if you can pick up on common subject matter which would encourage an interesting conversation but don’t over do it! BE POLITE AND KEEP POSITIVE We were constantly reminded as young children to say please and thank you and it is just as important now, as it was then. Anything less than polite and courteous behaviour will simply not do – please don’t forget to turn off your mobile phone! A positive attitude can also be a powerful tool when faced with criticism or rejection. In this scenario a conscious smile might help indicate that you are in control of your emotions and robust enough to tough out difficult situations. Strive to learn from the experience and aim to end the meeting on an upbeat note. THE ESSENTIAL SMILE! A warm genuine smile always creates a good first impression. The radiation of confidence from a brilliant smile will put you and the other person at ease. When you part your lips whilst smiling or speaking people expect to see a set of straight white teeth. Tobacco or tea stained crooked teeth will never be ‘in vogue’ except in grizzly horror movies! Self improvement is not vanity and is generally considered to be a sign of self respect, therefore; having straight teeth represents exactly that. A company director once said that his sales manager’s gappy teeth misrepresented the company image because they projected a comedic image! (a la Ken Dodd and the Diddy Men). If you want to project a positive image of yourself, show that you care by investing in your smile. Visit your orthodontist today and the ‘straightening experience’ will stand you in good stead for a lifetime of successful interviews and “business meetings. The initial encounter is crucial because interaction” it sets the foundation for further Smiles & F aces 57 The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com


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