I am officially back in New York and it feels great! Fortunately, I have some downtime before starting my new job, and I have been using it to unpack, get some rest, and reacquaint myself with my surroundings. In addition, I have been preparing to start a new chapter of my career. Naturally, I have been thinking about the importance of Launching like a Legend.
We all know that first impressions are important. In fact, there is a plethora of research suggesting that people form full impressions about your personality and character within the first few seconds of meeting you. Judgements about our likeability, trustworthiness, and competence are made in just a few blinks. As a result, Legends must spend some time thinking critically about how we plan to show up in new situations.
We all know the basics, show up on time, dress to impress, and come prepared. However, as a Legend it is important that we are more nuanced in our approach to first impressions. As I start a new chapter of my career, here are some of my tips on howto start like a Legend.
Remember first impressions start before the actual meeting- Be sure that all your correspondence leading up to that initial meeting is prompt, concise, and professional. The impressions you make from the start may play a major role in how you are perceived upon initial meeting.
Introduce yourself- Most likely you will be formally introduced to many people in a short period of time. If you notice that you have not been formally introduced to someone in your new setting, take the initiative to introduce yourself. Be sure to state your name and new position. Also, remember that introductions are not just about you; get to know the people you are meeting.
Be Confident- Starting a new job, meeting new people, and transitioning to a new place can be anxiety provoking. However, it is important that you exude confidence, even it you are faking it. Remember you are there because you are qualified and have something to contribute. You can show that you are confident by making direct eye contact, smiling, standing tall, and sitting up straight.
Inhale, Exhale, and get it done!
Pay Attention/Ask thoughtful Questions- A lot of information will be thrown you way, and very often it is clear when we are not paying attention. In order to be fully engaged, take notes and eliminate distractions (i.e., put your phone away).
In addition to listening, it is important that you ask questions. Be sure that your questions are well thought out and meaningful. The right questions can help you get your job done, but too many inappropriate questions can make you appear naive and ill-prepared.
Set Goals- You already know that I love to talk about “The Art of Goal Setting” (see blog here). Although it only takes a few seconds for people to form an impression about who we are and what we bring to the table, what we do in the following weeks and months is important. Take some time to set concrete, measurable, realistic, and meaningful goals. This will help you stay on task as you adapt to your new position.
Remember over the next few months I will be sharing every step of my transition.
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