How to Make Good Impressions?

January 02, 2014

It’s your family’s third move. You’re going to a new school again and that doesn’t make you happy.

You hate the first week of school because you need to do a lot of adjustments: make friends, study school policies, and join clubs and organizations.

You want to make good impressions on your classmates so that they will warmly welcome you.

Here's how you can ease the transition:

  • Smile. While I am stating the obvious, obviously newcomers hesitate to smile. Smile and the recipient will find it easier to do the same. Easier than spoken words. King Solomon, the wisest man on earth said, "A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face. A sad heart makes it hard to get through the day" (Proverbs 15:13).

  • Be punctual. Letting people wait is actually stealing -- stealing their time. "Punctuality", says Charles Simmons "is not only a duty but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness."

  • Shake hands firmly. After the smile usually comes the handshake, that is, if there are introductions. A limp handshake means you're not interested. A heavy, somewhat bone - crushing one means you're not welcome.

  • Look your classmate in the eye. Looking down or straight ahead shows disinterest. Looking people in the eye confirms your eagerness to know him and listen to him.

  • Call the person by name. Never use "psst" or "hoy" in place of your classmate's name. One's name is the sweetest word to hear. It is utterly embarrassing to forget a name, much more to call someone by another name.

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