The first impression is lasting, so being authentic and approachable is key. Knowing what to say when you first meet someone goes a long way, but but half the battle is knowing what NOT to say. For this reason, you should NEVER…
Body shame yourself or others. Keep your insecurities to yourself and don’t make snide comments about other people.
Complain. Negativity is a repellant, so be sure to avoid whining about work, your boss, or anything else.
Ask about how much money they make. That’s tacky and inappropriate.
Apologize for nothing. Know when to say you’re sorry, but don’t apologize for no reason.
Gripe about being tired. It may have been a long day, but don’t ramble on about being how exhausted you are. No one else cares!
Dominate the conversation. Meeting new people is an opportunity to learn about someone else. Be curious about the other person and get them to talk about themselves.
Gossip. Don’t gossip about others to a stranger. Who knows, whatever you say may get back to the person you’re blabbing about.
Bring up inappropriate topics. You want to get to know someone, not turn them off immediately.
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