Mercedes Alfaro’s First Impression Guidelines

Remember the first time you met someone and went away with the feeling you didn’t want to see them again–yet you couldn’t pinpoint exactly why you felt that way?

And the reverse has happened for you. You felt sure your job interview went well. Your interviewer seemed highly positive, and commended you for your answers. However, someone else got the job offer.

Why do some first impressions fail, while others succeed? Are there steps we can take to greatly improve our chances for success in meeting people for the first time?

Fortunately, I know someone who has the answers–Mercedes Alfaro, who heads First Impression Management, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2002, she has helped individuals and corporations sharpen their attitudes and actions, so they will make a strongly positive first impression.

Mercedes’ client list includes Abbott Laboratories, Hyatt Hotels, Motorola, UPS, and AT&T. She has been quoted by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and other leading publications.

By listening to my interview with this highly energetic leader–an interview recorded in “The Communication Corner,” WBCX, 89.1 FM, “The Voice of Brenau”–you will learn guidelines for the following topics:

–How quickly we form first impressions, and how permanent they are
–Impact of nonverbal behavior
–Whether or not humor is safe in an initial meeting
–The problem with invading someone’s “personal space”
–The power of good posture
–Adjusting your communication style for different cultures
–Smile your way to a grand first impression
–When your first impression is by telephone
–Removing physical barriers, such as desks
–Surefire ways to catch and remember names

LISTEN TO MERCEDES ALFARO’S INTERVIEW
To hear my interview with Mercedes Alfaro, click the arrow below in the Podcast section of this blog page, located just above the Audio MP3 lettering.

VISIT MERCEDES’ WEB SITE AND CHECK HER SERVICES
You will benefit by visiting her Web site, to see how her highly professional services will benefit you and your organization. The link:
http://www.fim-inc.com

Also, note her extensive qualifications and endorsements, as described on LinkedIn:
http://tinyurl.com/2cl56mh

You will see quickly that Mercedes Alfaro’s speaking, training, and coaching will revolutionize the image you and your corporation display. I strongly encourage you to contact her today.

ORDER MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS AUDIO CD
Within the U.S., you can order my “How to Make a Sizzling First Impression” on CD or in MP3 format. Internationally, only the MP3 is available. You can order from my Web site’s shopping cart:
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Johnny Vardeman, Excellent Editor

There’s something very special about interviewing Johnny Vardeman, a top-tier journalist in northeast Georgia since 1953–because it’s not often that I get to talk for an hour with such a prominent writer/editor. As the guest on my program “The Communication Corner”–aired weekly at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, and re-broadcasted at 6:00 a.m. on Thursdays–Johnny addressed these and other topics:

–Why his columns about the history of northeast Georgia have become so popular
–His response to predictions that newspapers are becoming an obsolete communication form
–How newspapers have adapted successfully to the Internet age
–The role of editorial cartoonists
–Letters to the Editor
–Popularity of USA Today
–Who selects headlines for stories?
–“Inverted pyramid” writing style
–Ralph McGill and other courageous editors
–The most fascinating people he has interviewed

. . .and so much more vital information. You will benefit from this veteran journalist’s comments about his profession and his industry.

LISTEN TO JOHNNY VARDEMAN’S INTERVIEW

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