The Importance of First Impressions. Like It or Not - You're Being Judged.

We've all been there, taken a glance at someone or something and within a split second prejudged and categorized our subjects based merely on appearance. Whether or not this seems fair, you are always being judged on how you look, how you dress, your body language, and even on how you do your job.

The reasoning behind this connects the three parts of our brain that have been used for survival since our primitive days. Within milliseconds we assess our subjects or situations with sex, food, survival, perceived association, fear, memories, personal emotions, imagination, culture, and more. These split seconds can be the difference between life and death, to the opening and closing of doors with social opportunities.

When I worked as a fashion designer for over 15 years, I saw first hand on how improving someone's appearance added confidence internally and changed other peoples perceptions externally, leading to impressive introductions. As we know, your first impression is not the only determining factor for your path to success and meeting incredible people; however, it is an extremely vital part of how we interact as humans building social circles.

What are the things that make a good first impression you might ask?

In the continuing series of articles, we will take a deep dive into the mechanics, psychometrics, etiquette, and styling tips you can use to leave the first impression you desire.

To that point ... below you will find five famous inspirational impression quotes you can store in your collective bank of social currency.

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." - Andrew Grant

"People sometimes talk about the power of first impressions, and believe me, there is truth to it." - Ann Brashares

"Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression - with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing." - Natalie Massenet

"A good first impression can work wonders." - J. K. Rowling

"What I am after is the first impression - I want to show all one sees on first entering the room - what my eye takes in at first glance." - Pierre Bonnard