The👁️‍🗨️First Impression👁️‍🗨️Pitfall


First impressions have an enormous effect on our lives, shaping opportunities and relationships alike.

How Your Appearance and Communication Can Set You Back.

Just ask our clients Alex or Jamie, who found themselves handicapped by negative first impressions that hindered their career goals and job search efforts. Without being aware, Alex was too brusque and impatient when dealing with his peers, and Jamie was overly exuberant in meetings, which was worrying her manager. Yet, first impressions are not fixed: by understanding the subtleties of appearance and communication, we can steer initial perceptions towards positive results.

Experts like Sallie Krawcheck (former head of Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division and current CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women) and Simon Sinek (author and inspirational speaker on business leadership and author of the books Start with Why and The Infinite Game) emphasize the critical nature of first impressions. Krawcheck states that judgments of individuals can form within seven seconds after first meeting them, underscoring the importance of being present and engaging. Sinek asserts that initial perceptions establish subsequent interactions by advocating confidence, competence, and warmth.

Appearance and communication play an integral role in building successful relationships, according to Krawcheck’s advice. A professional appearance should reflect your values and commitment to excellence, while effective dialogue – being clear, concise, and respectful- can lay the groundwork for successful partnerships. Sinek highlights these skills by emphasizing their power of inspiring, connecting, and empathizing.

Introverts or those struggling to detect nonverbal cues may benefit from paying close attention to body language and playing to one’s strengths, taking continuous self-improvement courses, planning for events, and accepting feedback as necessary strategies for bettering how others see them.


Mindful Nonverbal Communication Solutions: Krawcheck emphasizes the significance of posture, gestures, and facial expressions when creating impressions about us as individuals and businesses.

Utilizing Introverted Strengths: Susan Cain (author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) understands introverts’ challenges in creating meaningful first impressions and advises them to leverage their introverted strengths (listening skills, thoughtful decision-making, and empathizing with others) to create positive associations and impressions.

Continuous Improvement: Take time for self-reflection and seek feedback about your appearance and communication abilities.

Prepare and Practice: Before attending important interviews or meetings, always devote enough time and thought to preparation and practice to make yourself shine at your best.

Ultimately, turning first impressions from potential obstacles into opportunities lies within our reach. By working to enhance our appearance and communication skills and embracing our authentic selves, we can positively shape how others view us while opening doors to exciting new experiences.

We are here to help, and we would love to hear from you!

Cristina Ferreira da Costa
President & Founder
CDCConsulting Partners, LLC

+1 (404) 528 9792
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