Here at Targetspace, we understand the importance of a first impression. That’s why the reception areas and meeting rooms at all of our serviced office locations across London are maintained to the highest standard and our customer service representatives are always hospitable. There are many occasions on which making a first impression is absolutely crucial, whether it’s an interview, business pitch, networking event or meeting a client for the first time. Science says that it takes just 7 seconds to make a first impression, so you have to think and act quickly to make the most of it. Here are some of our tips to ensure you make it count:
Always be on time
The first step to making a good impression is arriving on time. As the old saying goes: “punctuality is the politeness of kings” and this couldn’t be truer when making a first impression. When attending an interview, or meeting a client for the first time, it is essential to arrive early and plan for possible delays – we all know how unreliable public transport can be, especially in London.
Presentation is key
Before you open your mouth to speak, the person you are meeting has already taken a look at what you’re wearing. If it’s an interview that you’re going to, remember to present yourself accordingly. The key is to dress appropriately. You might have heard that old saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”, and this is absolutely right.
Smiling is infectious, so lead the way with positive vibes. Greeting a person with a smile sends the impression that you are pleased to meet them and will put you both at ease. As our online presence becomes more and more significant, it’s important to remember that you can also gather a first impression from a social media profile. A warm smile in your LinkedIn profile image will send a friendly and welcoming first impression.
Master the art of small talk
Often when meeting somebody for the first time, especially in business, you may not know much about them. Small talk will help you to open and maintain a conversation. The weather is everybody’s go-to conversation starter, but what about major sports events, how their day is going or their weekend plans? Avoid slipping into awkward silences.
Be confident and positive
The first sign of confidence is making eye contact. Looking someone in the eyes whilst in conversation shows that you are engaged and assured of what you are saying. Remembering your smile and ensuring your small talk isn’t around negative topics are easy ways to maintain positivity.
Manners cost nothing
Nobody wants to be remembered as the person who doesn’t say please or thank you. From holding doors open to greeting reception staff, manners go a long way, cost nothing and will most certainly be noted.
If you’re looking to find a serviced office in London for your business, why not start your enquiry with Targetspace today? We have two superb serviced office space locations in the City of London, one in Aldgate and the other on New Broad Street, both have excellent transport links with Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street mainline stations in close walking distance, as well as plenty of tube and bus stations. If you’re looking for opportunities a bit more central, we have serviced offices in Holborn, too, located on Procter Street, just a short distance from prime locations such as Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road.
We also offer dedicated meeting rooms in all of our locations, making Targetspace venues an ideal choice for meetings, collaborations and discussions.