Fred Griffin: Your Personal Curb Appeal - First Impressions Count!

Your Personal Curb Appeal - First Impressions Count!

"Your personal 'curb appeal' will make you not only approachable in the initial stages of building a new relationship, it will help in cementing it.  Making that first impression will open the door to long lasting relationships."


First Impressions Count - Your Personal Curb Appeal


How is your personal curb appeal?  A while ago I wrote about the FORD principle to help in starting conversations in networking situations and with people you have never met before. 

Butterfly Photo by Silvia DukesJust like the curb appeal of a home enticing people to take a closer look, your personal "curb appeal" will make you not only approachable in the initial stages of a building a new relationship but it will help in cementing it.

If what you say is important, how you say it including facial expression and posture may be communicating even more to the other person!  

Yet you don't have to be a social butterfly!  Here are five tips to making a great first impression:

1.  Smile.  While gestures and hand signs can be very controversial especially when communicating with people from other countries, a smile it truly universal. 

2.  Mind your Body Language.  Stand up straight.  Not only does it make you look taller, it also communicates confidence.  Crossing your arms does not make you approachable, remember there is a reason why rail road crossings use a big X as a warning.

3.  Use the FORD principle to get a conversation started and then let it flow naturally with follow up questions.  People usually love to talk about themselves.

4.  Be sincere.  Don't hand out business cards right and left without ever getting into conversation with someone.  The person who will ask you for your card will most likely keep it around much longer than the person who took it from you because they didn't have a choice.

5.  Stay in touch. It's not always easy to stay in touch especially when things get hectic in our business.  Think beyond the usual holiday greetings and find other reasons to contact someone.  Maybe they asked for specific advice to a problem, maybe they shared a special interest and you have information that you can share. 

Just as maintaining the curb appeal of a home takes constant attention, so does maintaining your personal curb appeal!  Making that first impression will open the door to long lasting relationships.




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Comment balloon 4 commentsFred Griffin • April 15 2013 08:23PM


It does. But not always a goal.

I remember, two days ago i was going to meet a client about buying 6mln house. I spent an hour carefully selecting every single detail of my 'first impression':). Yet, if I meet a first time a client for 100k house, I don't want to look 'too much'.

So, the first impression is important but your look should be adjusted:) For example, many our Santa Monica Realtors work in flip flops and shorts and some of Malibu realtors can come for showings in swimsuit right from the beach, lol.


Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) about 5 years ago

Real good choice for a re-blog. It is so true and often overlooked. No different than looking at a home, you only have one shot at a great first impression.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 5 years ago

Fred, thank you for reblogging.   As Inna is pointing out, appropriate attire for the occasion is important although I don't think I would ever be as casual as showing up in a swimsuit for a showing. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 5 years ago

Good morning, Inna - Joe - and Silvia!

    Agreed - you can overdress to the point of intimidating your customer; you can show up "too casual" and not be taken seriously.

   I wear a suit and tie for first meetings, and for Title Closings.  If I am overdressed, I can shed the coat, loosen the tie, maybe roll up the sleeves.  But I won't be "under-dressed" if I find myself in the company of Attorneys, Bankers, or Corporate Suits.



Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 5 years ago