You usually have only one shot at making a favourable impression, whether in the social world or in the unforgiving corporate environment. There are practical and inexpensive ways to boost your visible profile. Read on to discover how you can make a splash without too much effort at all.

Dress well

What you wear communicates what you really feel about yourself. If you’re well groomed and beautifully dressed, it’s usually a sign of positive self worth. You needn’t wear the most expensive designer apparel to make a positive impression – simply ensure that your choice of clothing is appropriate for the occasion, fits your body snugly and is neat and clean. If you’re dressed in an uncaring or sloppy manner, it’s likely to create a negative impression.

Maintain good posture

Good posture isn’t only healthier for the body – to others, it indicates strength, discipline and high self-esteem. So stand tall and erect. There are plenty of ways to improve your posture, from consciously walking correctly to choosing an ergonomically designed office chair that can be adjusted to support the optimal body position. Work on your posture and you’ll build self-confidence too.

Learn the art of great conversation

What you say and how you say it tell other people a lot about your background, education and general knowledge. Whether at a cocktail party, in a formal business setting or with a group of close friends, it’s important to master the art of interesting conversation if you want to make a positive impact. Clearly enunciated sentences, a strong, audible voice and a great sense of humour will stand you in good stead, in both corporate and social spheres. Read as many newspapers, magazines and blogs on current affairs as you can, and you’ll stand out as someone worth listening to.

Be punctual

Dapper punctuality

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One way to make a good impression is to arrive on time, every time. This indicates commitment and professionalism in the workplace and respect for others in a social environment. It reveals your integrity, dependability, discipline and humility. Time is a valuable resource for everyone.

 Implement these practical steps every day and you’ll be on the A-list in no time at all!