In my second year of Uni we were put into groups for a Public Relations assignment. One of the girls in my group was a loudmouth and extremely opinionated. Or so I thought. That was my first impression. Yes she was loud, but not a ‘loudmouth’, and yes opinionated, but in a confident way.
She thought I was a stuck up snob who thought she was better than everyone else. When actually I was just a little shy and stand offish until I got to know people a little better.
First impressions are funny things. The old saying of first impressions count, is no doubt true and important, especially in situations like job interviews, but are our first impressions of someone always correct?
Sometimes I think we can be too quick to judge. How do you know the girl standing quietly there doesn’t necessarily think she’s better than you, but is just shy. Or the loud girl who won’t shut up, is just bubbly, or talks alot when she’s nervous?
There’s been alot of talk on this subject around the blog world lately, thanks to the recent Aussie Bloggers Conference, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to as we were away on holidays. Many, well probably most of the people attending the conference were meeting Twitter and blogger friends for the first time in real life.
Had I have been able to go, I would have been a bundle of nerves! What if I was different to the impression people got of me from my blog? What if people were different to what I thought they would be?
It can take a long time to get to know someone, and most people have different aspects to their personality.
If you had 10 minutes to make a first impression on someone, what impression would you want them to have of you?