What do you say when you’re face to face?
It’s a good question that isn’t often addressed. First impressions matter even more than you think. And once they’re set, they are very hard to resist.
“Be yourself” is often bad advice.
Is “be yourself” the best advice before a job interview?
No. Dress nice, be polite and act enthusiastic no matter what you’re like, right?
What does “be yourself” even mean?
You’re not the same person moment to moment. Face it, you can be moody.
“Fake it until you make it” works.
Does acting a bit in social settings mean you’re dishonest? No.
Research shows putting your best foot forward actually reveals the real you:
In sum, positive self-presentation facilitates more accurate impressions, indicating that putting one’s best self forward helps reveal one’s true self.
Have a great day!