How important are first impressions?
There are cutesy sayings like “you only get one chance to make a first impression” and all that, but really how important is it?
Personally, I believe in second impressions. I think the first time you meet someone in business or personal life doesn’t really count, and it is what you do about the second encounter that really makes a difference.
When I think about some of the closest people in my life of the years, the first impression of had of them was generally pretty average at best, or even a bit negative…but we went on to become great mates or colleagues or whatever.
I know I rarely give a good first impression, so I assume it is the same for many people. In fact many people say “you turned out to be quite different to who I thought you were”