Make a Personal Impact

Personal impact is about being listened to, respected and remembered. High impact people have presence. We always think of them as successful people who seem to know what they want in any given situation and seem to be at ease all the time.

One of the principles of personal impact is to stand out from the competition in a good way. It is about being taken seriously, leaving a positive impression and making people want to have you around and interact with you more. Here are some ways in which you can work on your personal image to make a powerful personal impact :

  • Take the Initiative – Stamp your mark. Have at the self confidence to introduce yourself to people before they make the first move.
  • Expression – Consciously smile. Thus will create a warmth about you and people will want to talk to you. Positivity is contagious.
  • Names – Remember people names and use their name during the conversation to show you are listening, interested and aware.
  • Voice – Don’t speak too quietly. Use intonation and variety in your voice. Communicate dynamism by speaking with energy.
  • Eyes – Maintain direct eye contact while the person is talking to you. This communicates interest and confidence.
  • Stance – Walk into the room with your shoulders back and chin up. Stand tall. Walk calmly and slowly. Be proud.
  • Get Involved – Force yourself to mix with people although it may be against your nature. Psyche up beforehand is necessary.
  • Hands – Don’t be afraid to use your hands to reinforce your points. Hand movements inject energy into your manner.

If you want to improve your personal impact find someone you believe has it, watch what they do and then adapt their behaviours to your style. There’s nothing magic about it!  It’s all about behaviours and anyone can learn and apply them.  The secret is to identify the behaviours that work and then to make them your own so you continue to be authentic.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. edgarone2 says:

    Good advice.Thank you.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. We are all here to serve a higher purpose.

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  2. Mr. Boza says:

    That’s what I strive for. To make those around happy when I’m around them. Hope I’ve done a good job of making them think of me or wish I was around them when they need a pick-me up. If I can be a joy to their lives like they are to me, I’d feel blessed. Because being remembered at all would be good enough for me, let alone being remembered & missed.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah that is a wonderful thing you can do. There is a dire need of people like you. One of the easiest ways to bring others joy is simply by smiling at them. When we see others show us a genuine, kind smile, we feel relaxed and energized, and want to smile back. Smiles naturally bring out happiness in us, so why not spread some cheer with your smile?

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  3. Navin says:

    Great post but I’ll add just a simple comment. Be true to yourself….don’t be fake to create that image.

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    1. Garima says:

      I agree Navin. Being someone else never pays off in the end. The number one thing you need to remember is that pretending to be someone else, even if you or others consider that someone else an improvement, never concludes with positive results. You have to make a true change to become a better person, not just pretend to be one.

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      1. Navin says:

        I absolutely agree with that…

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Lisa.
      Look around you and you’ll see three kinds of people – those who hate their work, and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren’t looking for more (or feel they can’t have more), and finally, those who love their work, and relish it. The third category is a small subset of all professionals globally, but this group stands out because these are, most often, the people who change the world for the better.
      We all want to be the third one.

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  4. Gere Ochuko says:

    A great reminder to be true to ourselves

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    1. Garima says:

      The most important thing Gere.

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  5. I also feel we need to listen first, not to reply but to understand what the other person is saying. Good read as always Garima !!!

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Smita.

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