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How to Make a Lasting Impression
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Part 1
UXL, July 2012
In order to learn how to pump up the impression you leave with others, it is
essential to accept a certain set of truths. Firstly, you are in control of your own
story and the story that you tell yourself. No one is ruining your life, bogging you
down, or stopping your from being successful except yourself. Conversely, you and
your choices are to thank for your own success, dedication, and happiness.
The thing that I like most about the topic of making a lasting impression is that it
deals with a lot of small changes with big impact. And these changes are all
changes that any person is capable of making. Often, it can even be as simple as
changing your perspective or your approach to a routine experience. A major
challenge to making a lasting impression can often be the way we deal with the
unpredictable lumps and bumps--how we can learn from these experiences, help
How You (Yes You!)
Can Get Creative at
others along the way, and be even more fulfilled.
When I present to a group of professionals on this topic, I like to offer 15 different
components that add to the power of your impression. This month I'll present the
first 8, and I hope you'll have the courage to choose a few of them to devote a little
genuine thought to in the coming month.
The Elements of a Lasting Impression (1 - 8)
1. Know Yourself: Gain insight into your strengths and weaknesses through
personal assessments and conversations. Investigate the way you come off
to others, what others appreciate about you, and where you have room for
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2. Be Curious: Always take the opportunity to ask questions that demonstrate
support, confirm expectations, offer help, or gain clarity.
3. Be Present: Being half engaged means lost time and opportunities. Pay
attention, focus on others, turn off your phone, and actively listen.
4. Stay Healthy: Take care of yourself by taking opportunities to move, such as
walking, standing up, visiting people in their offices instead of emailing.
5. Be Brave: Always stand up for what you believe in and demonstrate
courage by making decisions based on your values.
6. Be Positive: Never give anyone else any ammo to use against you--
we’re out of luck—we’re
“uncreative” people. This
way of thinking about
creativity is downright
wrong, and it limits
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Solutions are the result of flexibility, resilience, and an open mind.
7. Be Consistent: This deals with your personal brand. The more consistent
you are, the stronger your brand. If you perform differently, you dilute this
8. Connect with Others: Network internally and externally, regardless of the
state of your career. Meet new people by volunteering or getting involved
with the right activities.
For elements 9-15, look to August's newsletter.
Now's the time to decide where your change will begin. Whether you choose to
focus on being more Brave, Connect with someone new, or make Healthier choices
this month, I know you'll be happy with the results.
Have a wonderful rest of July.
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