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Making The Right First Impression

Making the right first impression: 1 morning for 1-2 employees

This is an interactive session where students are provided with the opportunity to practise introducing themselves confidently. The format for this session is as follows:

  • Introduction by teacher
  • Industry partner gives an introduction, explaining why the first impression is so important, then giving examples in their working life of when you meet people for the first time (internal and external meetings, networking events)
  • Industry partner describes key elements of the first impression (look smart and well groomed, make eye contact, smile, give a firm handshake)
  • Industry partner might want to use some slides to support these messages
  • Industry partner then instructs students to ‘mingle’ with each other, practise the first impression key elements, and to find out something new about their peers by asking polite questions (themes can be used to increase students’ focus)
  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett