First Impressions

A first impression is the event when one person encounters another person and forms a mental image of that person. I have often thought of my first impression of others but not as often their first impression of me. I have caught myself forming an opinion of someone without even having the opportunity to speak with them. As an example, I was attending an event and noticed a man in line to receive the event dinner. This man was dressed raggedly with dreadlocks. Thinking he was a homeless man sneaking a free meal, I was in awe that no one approached him asking him to move along. In my mind, I had thought what a great group of people that would allow this ‘homeless’ man a free meal. To my surprise, this man was our honored guest and key speaker.

Being new to the Morrison family, I am being integrated into a new world beyond the desk of number crunching to community and social events. I want to not only represent Morrison well but also myself. I want colleagues, clients and community members to have a positive first impression of me. You have one chance at a first impression and if you are conscious of it, you can make it count.

Ideas to makinga good first impression:

  • Be on time
  • Present yourself appropriately
  • Smile
  • Small talk goes a long way
  • Be positive
  • Be attentive
  • Be yourself

About the Author

Colleen Souza is a consultant with Morrison, providing business valuations, business planning (including budgeting, cash flow forecasting, strategic planning), feasibility studies, interim executive CFO services, competitive grant writing and special projects that don't fit into any conventional category. You can contact Colleen directly at or via telephone at 530-893-4764 ext. 206.

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