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A Strong First Impression Is More Crucial Than You May Think

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 Entrepreneur.com, 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.

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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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