Modern Etiquette: Grooming 9-5
By Pamela Eyring
May 5 (Reuters) - Thirty seconds. That's all it takes to make a great first impression.
According to research by Albert Mehribian, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, upon meeting someone for the first time we form an opinion of them within the first 30 seconds.
While some of that opinion is based on what they say, the majority (55 percent) is shaped by their appearance. No doubt wardrobe plays an important role in appearance, but it's often personal grooming (and hygiene) that make the biggest impression.
In the business world, the top personal grooming issues that garner attention (and complaints) are hair (especially body hair), dental hygiene, scent, and hands and nails. Poor grooming detracts from what you have to say and can impede your ability to build relationships with others.
Here are tips for making sure the first impression you make is the right one.