I’m excited to be joining Kathy at ClearVision Consulting. As the company name might suggest, I’ve found Kathy a thoughtful and insightful colleague. We are on an interesting journey, and as one of those steps, I’m joining her in blogging regularly.

I’ll be writing on “Three Little Things”, three simple steps you can take to get you from where you are to where you want to be, or three bits of information about a topic you might find interesting, or three things I think you might like to know.

For my inaugural post on the ClearVision blog, I’ll share with you the three little things I learned from my father about making a great first impression.

1. Walk into the room like you own it. Stop outside the room for a minute. Take a deep breath. Now stand up straight and tall (maybe I’m channeling my mother here just a bit), pull your head up like you’re hanging from the sky by a string, find someone or something to aim for, and walk in.

2. Find someone who looks lonely or bored or interesting. Make a little small talk. It doesn’t have to be much, just something about the weather or traffic or the event. Look the other person in the eye and ask them how they’re doing or how their day was, or something like that. Just make it warm and personal.

3. Listen. Stop talking and focus. Listen, really listen to what the person is saying to you, as if they were your best friend. Comment appropriately and, if you’re bored to tears, graciously thank the person for their time and move on.

There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?