The first step is to plan ahead so that you are not running late to see them. Please take into account traffic, accidents, etc. Then after you have taken all of that into account plan on arriving a few minutes early beyond that. Being on time is the first step to making a good impression because it shows that you respect the other person’s time. The next step is to just be yourself. This may seem easy but it is often not done because people start getting uncomfortable or on the edge. This is a sure way to make a poor impression. If you are calm, comfortable, and at ease the other person will be the same and enjoy being around you more.
Now present yourself in the best possible light. This does not mean that you need to look like a model, unless of course you are going for a modeling job at Ford. However you do want to present yourself appropriately. This means dressing appropriate for the situation, not over dressing or under dressing. Additionally you want a clean and tidy appearance. Now you want to fit in to some degree. I know many want to show their individuality, however you need to ensure that you do this within the appropriate context.
Make sure that you have a warm and confident smile when you first see the person. It will put them at ease. The next step is to watch your body language. Focus on standing tall, making eye contact, giving a firm handshake, and projecting a strong and cheerful demeanor. Conversations are about getting to know people. Ask the person to talk about themselves, that is typically a person’s favorite topic.
Now it is time to focus on your attitude. Projecting a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism, nervousness, and discomfort can enable you to make a great first impression. Now the next thing is to remember what your parents told you and maintain those good manners and courteous behavior. This means turning off your mobile phones when you are with someone unless your profession requires 24/7 call. Your company deserves 100% of your attention.