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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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The Three Steps

Social experiences can be very awkward or extremely entertaining, and meetings with new acquaintances have always been a mix of the two, but what does it take to become the perfect acquaintance and make that perfect first impression? The key to making the best first impression is packaged up in three words; flair, sweetness, and understanding. These three traits are the perfect tools for impressing any new person you may come across, and as a disclaimer it must be said that this information was never disclosed until now, and should be used with the greatest care and enthusiasm, as we just may be one more step to world peace, and more friends.

Flair is style and knowledge, the ability to shine in the eyes of the person you are impressing. Flair is the ability to stand out and be noticed for a certain spark in your personality that makes you shine above everyone else. Personally, when I see someone with flair, and spunk, I know that I could have a fun day with them; I know that they could come up with something exciting at the drop of a hat. For example, wear bright colors, dare to wear different clothes, like me, I bought a gold shirt once, just because it was different. Granted, I only wore the shirt a few times, but those few times Iím sure I impressed a lot of people with my bold color choice.

Meeting someone for the first time? The best way to win them over is with sweetness, not just kindness; I would like you to go above and beyond on this one. Kindness implies slight sunshine with a few clouds, whereas sweetness is all about being as smooth as honey. I know for a fact his one works, because I use it a lot over the summer when I am running into a lot of people I know. Somewhere between the rush of the city and our hectic schedules we forget to offer everyone we meet a little sunshine, so why not continue the honey beeís job and deliver a little sweetness to a few people?

The one thing about being nice to people that never fails is how good it feels when people respond to your kindness and you see how it brightens your day.

Beyond style and charisma is the underbelly of the key to building an acquaintanceship; understanding. Once you have won someone over with blinding beauty and sunshine, take it one step further and reach out to them, let them know that you are there for them. Of course I would never pry into peopleís lives the first time I meet them, but one thing I would do is look them in the eye and let them know they have my trust.

There is nothing more useful in the business world or even the casual shopping world then knowing how to interact with others around you. But if you like to take it one step further and really impress people on the first meeting, then always remember to carry these three little words in your pocket book or briefcase; flair, sweetness and understanding.


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