Two-thirds of UK workers think that showing a sense of humour is crucial to making a successful first impression, according to new research by Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts.As many as 66 per cent of UK adults rated humour ahead of appearance (50 per cent), intelligence (39 per cent), confidence (29 per cent) and a “solid handshake” (22 per cent) in the poll published today. Surprisingly, it revealed that over a third (35 per cent) of working Brits do not do anything at all to prepare for important business meetings, which can ultimately affect their ability to create a positive first impression. “It’s interesting that you wouldn’t usually expect ‘humour’ to factor more favourably in the findings than appearance… or intelligence even!” says behaviourist and motivational speaker Jez Rose. “What this tells us is that it’s not about trying to be funny or cracking jokes during your meeting; it’s about conveying a good sense of humour to create a connection. This can be done simply by having a cheery disposition and smiling. Sometimes these small things are overlooked in business meetings and yet make all the difference.” Communication With social media playing a greater role than ever before, more than one in three agreed that having the right profile picture is “very important”. At the other end of the spectrum, talking over people in meetings and not making eye contact with peers both work to create a negative first impression to colleagues and clients. Read more about how to make a great first impression:
- Getting the first point of contact right
- Subject lines: The power of a good introduction
- Charlie Mullins: Does the suit make the man?
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