Forget your headshot for a sec and make a good first impression on the phone

July 26, 2017

I can do more talk about photography but I’m going to stick with the general Photo Heads theme – making a good first impression.

First impressions count for a hell of a lot and you need to make sure that you’re getting everything right. Not just your headshot, everything! Sometimes people will hear your voice before they clap eyes on you. So, if you, your colleagues or employees are trying to business with people on the phone then you’d better make sure that you know how to make a good first impression. If you can do that then people will undoubtably check you out. They’ll have a look at your LinkedIn profile and company website so you’ll need a completed LinkedIn profile, a great website, and er… you know, a killer headshot, of course.

But before you get to that stage you’ll want to make sure that you’re making a good first impression on the phone. A lot of businesses prefer to make first contact by email but the phone is so effective when it comes to getting your message across and creating a relationship. And it’s the retro option. Everybody sends email so to stand out you need to do something different. You could be brave and opt for the modern approach, Instagram messaging. Or you could take it old school and pick up the blower.

So what do you need to do to make a good first impression? I think that the principals are similar to those employed in your headshot. Appear confident but friendly and above all be honest. People want to do business with people they trust so forget about the typical sales patter of bravado and BS. Just be yourself, be nice and relaxe. Again, like your photograph don’t be scared about what you think people might think of you. Be as human as you can and hopefully people will treat you with good grace.

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Blog post by Paul T

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