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First impressions count and are difficult to change. Based on my appearance, in less than 7 seconds, you have decided whether or not you want to have anything to do with me.

In the Grasslands of Inner Mongolia, I am a princess treated with great respect. Anywhere else..... you get my point. Unfortunately it's human nature to make snap judgements based on first impressions.

In business networking, a professional appearance affects whether a women will be taken seriously. There are no second chances. On the line are finding job opportunities to increase your responsibilities and lead to promotions and raises.

This article will give you tips on how to manage your first impression to your advantage.

At [Link Removed] networking events you want to stress the business aspect of your attire. Dress up, not down, wear comfortable shoes and carry a handbag that does not interfere with easily extending your hand. Wear an oufit you know you look good in so you can smile and project a confident image.

Have something prepared to say about yourself that is succinct and states what you do and why you are attending the event. Know what is going on in your community and the world so you can small talk and sound informed. If there is someone at the event you want to talk to, do a little research about them beforehand. Be a good listener.

Remember why you are attending the networking event and do not hide behind the food and drink, or eat and drink too much because it is free. Do not get stuck in conversations that do not forward your personal networking agenda. Do not chew gum. Turn off your cell phone.

It’s amazing how people can either forget to bring business cards, or run out of them at a networking event. Make sure you have plenty of current cards with you. Generic business cards on cheap stock should be replaced with cards that reflect the impression you want to leave behind.

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