A study of 2,000 adults found 35 per cent think initial thoughts on others matter a lot when it comes to forming social relationships.
While the average first impression is made in just 27 seconds of meeting, a third of those polled make up their mind in under 10 seconds.
A friendly smile (51 per cent), good manners (43 per cent) and eye contact (35 per cent) were revealed as the best ways to make your mark.
Other methods included arriving on time (29 per cent), being conversational (23 per cent) and dressing smartly (15 per cent).
The right impression
The research identified scenarios people are most keen to impress – with a job interview (68 per cent), a date (52 per cent) and meeting a partner’s parents (38 per cent) the top three.
Relationship coach, Charlene Douglas, who has partnered with Listerine, which commissioned the research, said: “We form first impressions subconsciously almost every single day.
“What someone’s wearing, how they carry themselves, and how often they smile can play a key part in how we form opinions of people we meet.
“The research shows that a friendly smile can go a long way, so it’s just as important to look after your oral health as well as your attire to ensure you have the confidence to make a lasting sensational first impression.”
The study also found people typically feel nervous (40 per cent) and anxious (35 per cent) when meeting others for the first time, but 23 per cent are also calm.
When meeting someone of importance for the first time 43 per cent try to act welcoming and friendly.
Initial factors adults notice about others are their smile (23 per cent), clothes (17 per cent) and eyes (13 per cent).
Vice versa, 82 per cent said having a smile on their face makes them feel more confident when

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