We have all heard, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Adding an additional word gives you an even greater truth to live by: “You only have one chance to make a memorable first impression.”
This is what should concern you when greeting people you want to impress. This is a rare opportunity to identify yourself as helpful and unique, as someone who will enter their world and leave it better than before.
If that sounds overly dramatic, it is. But I would argue only slightly. I consider this approach as the natural outcome of following another wise maxim often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Leaving a memorable first impression is your chance to establish a higher standard of expectations, hopefully one that will spread from person to person.
In other words…
“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Within a few seconds, with just a glance, people have judged your social and economic level, your level of education, and even your level of success. Within minutes, they've also decided your levels of intelligence, trustworthiness, competence, friendliness and confidence. Although these evaluations happen in an instant, they can last for years: first impressions are often indelible.”
~ Olivia Fox Cabane, author of "The Charisma Myth"
“Image is the way other people see us, it deeply influences the way people react and respond to us.
“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.”
~ Jay Danzie, motivational speaker
There is no shortage of ways to make a lasting impression. And you can quote me.