#Leadership #Tip of the Day – First Impression

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Create a good FIRST IMPRESSION with today’s leadership development tip!

Think about how you present yourself to others. Your confidence, poise, and clarity of speech will impact how others perceive you. Practice speaking and acting like a professional whenever the opportunity presents itself (i.e., at a formal function). This will help you hone your skills and polish your delivery.

Leadership Quote of the Day:

“The answer is that we are not helpless in the face of our first impressions. They may bubble up from the unconscious – from behind a locked door inside of our brain – but just because something is outside of awareness doesn’t mean it’s outside of control.” – Malcolm GladwellBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Leadership Article of the Day:

You Only Have 7 Seconds To Make A Strong First Impression – Business Insider

Leadership Book of the Day:

First Impressions – Nalini Ambady PhD (Editor), John J. Skowronski PhD (Editor)

From the Book: Grounded in cutting-edge theory and research, this book brings together leading investigators to examine how first impressions are formed; the psychological, biological, and evolutionary processes that underlie them; and their consequences for individuals and society. Chapters present compelling findings on what people infer about others from such cues as facial features, expressions, skin tones, physical movements, and the environmental context. Factors that make first impressions more or less accurate are identified, including the type of inference being made as well as the impact of perceiver characteristics and stereotyping. The book also reveals the significant impact of first impressions–positive or negative–on emotions, cognitions, and behavior.

Leadership Video of the Day:

This is one of my favorite leadership videos of the day so far.  The Discovery Channel’s DNews put together an interesting video about the science behind first impressions.

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