A person you don’t know walks into a meeting. They’re well dressed and walking tall. As they enter the room, they greet each person with a firm handshake, warm smile and eye contact. Once the meeting begins, they are listening attentively, asking targeted and thoughtful questions, acknowledging others in the room for their comments and incorporating appropriate humor into the discussion. At the end of the meeting, he or she, stays around for a few moments to talk with some of the meeting’s attendees. They eventually make it over to you. He or she gives you the same gracious “hello”, smile and handshake. After an informative conversation and exchange of pleasantries, he or she asks if they can have your card to keep in touch and gives you theirs. To that I say, of course you can, you had me at “hello”.
First impressions are lasting. Many times we are sized up before an introduction is every made. We’re not sure from this scenario what exactly this person does for a living or how they might be of service to us in the future or vice versa. However, you probably would not mind a phone call or contact from this person.