Since I am in week 2 of starting my job impressing people has been on my mind lately. After going through OTA school I have learned quite a few things about first impressions and what to do and not do. Having to re-orient myself to several different facilities and workers through fieldwork I was able to work out any kinks I had in this area and develop better impression skills. Thankfully, I have never struggled to fit in or blend into a new gaggle of people but we all get nervous and hate being the ‘new kid on the block.’
I came across this today…
Most of us have probably heard or seen this quote at some point in our lives but it’s such a good one I had to post. Often times we get so absorbed in ourself that we forget there are thousands and millions of people in the world who have never met us and know nothing about us. Whether we like it or not we as human beings judge another person within the first 10 seconds of meeting someone. Some have very high standards and some low and we can debate those at some other date. However, no matter what someone elses’ standards are I think we need to remember that we are being judged and we need to be careful of how we present ourselves.
This is not to say we should come off as fake or pretend to be someone that we are not but there is nothing more refreshing and beautiful about someone who is their true authentic self. In a world full of photoshop, airbrushing, corporate frauds and fake, fake, fake – it’s nice to meet someone who is their true self. Someone who isn’t trying to fit into a specific mold or go overboard trying to impress. I know in my own life I strive to be more authentic…I think we all do. It stems from a tremendous amount of self confidence that many of us lack. At least I know that I do.
So this week as I continue to orient myself to the new job I am trying to remember these points. I have easily been accepted into the group and I can joke and laugh with the best of them. So far it’s been easy but I hope if it ever does get intimidating or if I come across someone who doesn’t like me, I hope I can continue to be the person that I am and not bend and conform to who they want me to be. I hope my first and last impression are the real me and that I haven’t pretended to be someone that I’m not.
Wishing you all perfect first impressions now and in the future….