A Strong First Impression Is More Crucial Than You May Think

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If you've ever struggled to connect with someone, chances are you or the other was bogged down by one of the following: shyness, self-consciousness, cynicism, pride, competitiveness, jealousy, or arrogance. According to, you can connect with virtually anyone in an instant if you can learn to get past those personal obstacles. The first step to connecting with someone is making a good first impression. Research shows that most people decide if they like you or not within 7 seconds of meeting you. The rest of the conversation is spent justifying their initial judgement.

How to Immediately Connect with Anyone

5 tips for hitting it off with someone new, no matter how shy or awkward you may be feeling on the inside.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Traits that get in the way of connecting with people include shyness, self-consciousness, cynicism, pride, competitiveness, jealousy, and arrogance. 00:22

  2. Research shows that most people decide whether or not they like someone within the first 7 seconds of meeting them. 00:56

  3. Being willing to learn from the person you're trying to connect with makes them feel more bonded to you. 01:51

How First Impressions Work

Make the most of those first few minutes when you meet someone new.

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How To Make a Great First Impression

Start with eye contact.

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Written by Curiosity Staff April 4, 2016

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