If you’ve been in business long enough or if you’ve ever attended a sales seminar; you would have heard you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. It is something that participants have swallowed hook line and sinker, and few have taken the time to prove. Yet the saying is regurgitated to teams of new and existing members on a global scale.
If you have been in business long enough, you would have made many a mistake. Here are a number of things to consider.
- Making an error the first time around does not mean you will lose any and all opportunities at correcting it in the future.
- Goofing up the first impression does not mean that the individual or entity you were trying to interact with will leave your space for an eternity. Yes, that was their first impression of you, but it does not preclude you from the second through infinity impressions to follow.
- Even when operating within the same region there are cultural differences which can influence understanding in the message being communicated by the sender and receiver.
- We spend so much time being politically correct, that we take precious little time to learn what is actually correct/how to correct any mistakes.
In most instances, it isn’t that we are not forgiven our trespasses by others; we are yet to learn how to forgive ourselves.
Mistakes, errors, whatever you want to call them is how we learn what is correct. It is a social manner in learning interactions with others. There is no totally correct method since what means one thing in one environment has a totally different meaning in another. Don’t let the fear paralyze you; learn how you can grow within the environment while you are there.
Remember that though an opportunity for the first impression may be gone; there’s an opportunity for another impression.