What’s Your First Impression Ritual?

What’s Your First Impression Ritual?

We all know that first impressions are powerful things. Billionaire Steven A. Cohen makes the most of first impressions taking a deep breath and holding it before he enters a room. How about you?

Poorly named weblog The Art of Manliness Holding rounds up a few tips for commanding a room, including this interesting nugget from Cohen’s playbook:

Before he makes his appearance, he takes a deep breath, filling all of his lungs. He then holds his breath and walks into the room. As he talks, the air is naturally exhaled. This simple action increases blood to your face and makes you look “more radiant and lively,” and consequently more confident.

By taking a deep breath you force yourself to not only stand up straight, but also give a quick rush blood to your head, giving you a slightly flushed and cheery look. It might sound silly, but people are always interested in meeting someone with energy and spunk. Just remember to exhale, because no one wants to talk to a corpse — unless it’s Halloween.

Do you have a ritual when meeting people for the first time? Share your first impression rituals in the comments.

Command a Room Like a Man [The Art of Manliness]


  • I nice firm handshake with eye contact is part of my first impression ritual. I also take the time to make sure i get the person’s name right no matter how unusual it sounds, sometimes even asking a second time at the introduction if i’m a little unsure. It saves the trouble of fumbling around at a later date and it’s a nice sign of respect.

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