Make a Good First Impression



by J.A. Gamache Third place Champion at the 2001 Toastmasters

International World Championship of Public Speaking

Your walk, posture and facial expressions convey non-verbal

messages about your state of mind. Decide to send the right

messages so you can make a good first impression whenever you

speak in public.

As you walk to the podium, the audience receives many

non-verbal cues before you’ve even said a word. Their first

impression of you is based on that information.

First impressions are important because the audience won’t

find your message credible unless they feel that you’re in

control. If you don’t project self-confidence, they will find

it hard to trust you. Unwittingly, you might be raising

doubts in their minds.

Is it a disaster to fail at making a good first impression?

No. You’ll always be able to catch up. However, you’ll have

to work harder to reassure the audience that in spite of

appearances, you are a trustworthy source of information.

Here are some tips on how to make an entrance that conveys

the impression that you’re in control.


Look at self-confident people–they have a strong, rapid

stride. Decide to send the same message. When your name is

announced, walk as though you’re saying, “I am confident,”

even though you feel like running away!


Stand straight and adopt a solid stance. Open your torso to

ease your breathing. This posture sends the message that

you’re calm even though you’re shaking with fear!


Put a smile on your face! When you walk to the podium, hold

your head high. Before you speak, take a deep breath. It’ll

calm you down. Don’t speak right away! Take time to look at

the audience. This silent pause sends the message, “I am

happy to be here!” even though you may be wondering what on

earth you’ve gotten yourself into.

Practice your entrance at home. Pay attention to the way you

walk, your posture, and your facial expressions, and you’ll

make a good first impression every time.

Happy speech!

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By Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.

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