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What is Mid-Career Crisis & How to Deal with It?

Is there any moment that came in your life where you have felt that you are just stuck with not moving forward? Or a time when you really feel helpless of staring over everything once again, and also you cannot do anything to move forward? Well, this thing is called Mid-Life Crisis, but there is another similar and very serious term named Mid-Career Crisis. This is the situation where you realize or feel that you are just stuck in your career, and there is no chance that you will ever get a promotion or when there is no chance of progress in your career. True Meaning & Symptoms of Mid-Career Crisis There is no doubt that it is really a depressing situation when you have already spent a major part of your life struggling to get somewhere and in the end, you are not happy with it. Obviously, at this stage, you have no other option but  to get up in the morning and go through the same irritating and annoying office routine. Usually, people keep this situation a secret from everyon

How to make a good impression?

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Research shows that people make your first impression within 2 seconds of meeting you so you better be prepared for it. A good first impression not only lasts but it gives one a little leverage, to be who they are once that impression is established. If you are a small-scale businessman who wants to develop an impression on his/her investors then you have got no time to waste in order to learn the art of impression otherwise you will miss out on a lot of opportunities that could have boosted your business.

There is a phenomenon called primary effect which states that if a person experiences something first followed by a lot of other events then they are more likely to remember the first event.

First impressions matter, for good and bad. They are fine when you like someone on first meeting; they are not so fine when the first meeting is negative. Positive first impressions lead to social cohesion; negative first impressions lead to biases and social prejudice.

It is important to highlight the halo effect here which is a way to make an overall judgement about any person based on one trait so for an example unfortunately often attractiveness is associated with the person being more likely to be funny, likable, etc, it is a cognitive bias. A study published in the Journal of Economic Psychology found that, on average, attractive food servers earned approximately $1,200 more per year in tips than their unattractive counterparts.

Here are 5 steps to improve your first impressions but be sure to incorporate them naturally in your life.

 

1) Body language

What behaviors should you aim to avoid? It's smart to refrain from tapping, touching your face too often, placing objects in front of yourself, blinking excessively, and sitting or standing too close to others (respect the bubble, people). Somebody language habits can suggest dishonesty, so be mindful to avoid those tics -- avoiding eye contact, touching your mouth, and others -- too. Effective body language goes beyond simply standing up straight and having a firm handshake -- although those things are definitely important, too. When you're meeting someone for the first time, keep your posture open -- don’t tightly cross your arms or legs, don't ball your hands into fists, and don't hunch over in your seat. Lean in when you talk to show you're actively listening and engaged in the conversation. Ensure eye contact but be sure to not closely look without looking away otherwise it seems like staring which gives a very bad impression and you don’t want people to get uncomfortable when you meet them. 

 

3) A Presentable look

Don’t overdress but be presentable according to the occasion. Now some people will say we don’t judge the book by its cover but you surely look at the cover before deciding whether you should read it or not. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying people look at your face to decide whether you are worth talking to(well some people can) but in general, your look includes an entire list of stuff consisting of the clothes you are wearing are they tidy enough, the odor you radiate, your teeth brushed, etc. You should be able to generate an aura around you which is both welcoming and comfortable.

 

3) Be interesting and interested

Show keen interest when people are sharing their story even if it seems monotonous since these are just basic manners of life. You need to learn to listen not just in respect of the person sitting in front of you but also because of your own personal development. Every person you have met in life or you will be going to give you lessons to learn so be sure to be attentive in the process. Now being an interesting person doesn’t mean you start faking it, it is just that most of the times, people tend to be casual about stuff and they do not think much about how the words coming out from their mouth will turn out to be and as a consequence spoil their first impression being the last one. So the key is to be the real you but be sure to not be blunt in the first meeting and take care of the emotions of the people you meet.

 

4) SMILE

Think about how infectious a yawn is in a group of people. A smile between friends is contagious, too. In fact, there's a neuron that affects the part of the brain responsible for recognizing faces and reading facial expressions. This neuron causes the "mirroring" reaction.

So when another person sees you smiling, the neuron fires and causes them to smile in response. Mirroring goes both ways; if you pick up on and reflect back the non-verbal cues of the person you're speaking with, it sends a non-verbal message that you feel what they feel.

 

5) Put your phone away

This is the most disrespectful and annoying habit to have so be sure to avoid it. It just gives the sign to the person speaking that their words don’t matter to you. If it is something urgent then excuse and leave till the time your call/text is done. Otherwise, avoid gazing at your phone too.


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