May 05, 2014
By Jane Brown
In only take thirty seconds to make a great first impression, and much of that impression is formed by how you look.
Researcher Albert Mehribian at the University of California says we form an opinion of someone within the first half minute of meeting them. He says while some of that opinion is based on what a person says, 55 percent is shaped by their appearance. He says wardrobe plays an important role in appearance, but it’s often personal grooming and hygiene that make the biggest impression. The professor says top personal grooming issues that garner attention, (and complaints) are hair, expecially body hair, dental hygiene, scent and hands and nails. Poor grooming, he says, detracts from what you have to say and can impede your ability to build relationships with others.