The time between meeting someone and having that person decided they definitely DON'T LIKE YOU is very, very short.

According to a new survey, you only have 27 SECONDS to make a good first impression. Oh and seriously, that's not 27 seconds from when you start talking, the majority of people start that countdown clock from the moment they see you. You best work fast to make that impression a positive one.

So, what can you do to make sure that impression is good? According to a new survey, here are the top 10 things.

  • Smiling being polite
  • Being well-spoken
  • Making eye contact
  • Listening well
  • Smelling nice
  • Holding the conversation well
  • Good body language
  • Good tone of voice
  • Dressing well.

And the three WORST things you can do are: Smelling bad, being arrogant and dressing poorly. While all these seem like common sense, take a look around... lots of lousy first impressions happening out there. Yikes.

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