Everyone likes to make a good first impression, and that’s especially true when introducing yourself to someone at work, or maybe to a potential client. But all too often people, especially when nervous, will let something stupid come out of their mouths, and it’s often hard to ever get past that.
Well, next time you’re in that situation, it’s smart to remember a few things you should never ever say to a person you’re just meeting and they’ll likely help keep you from leaving a lasting impressing that you wish you could erase.
Among the things you shouldn’t say when meeting someone new (click here for the complete list):
- “I hate this company” or “My boss is a jerk” - If you’re trying to put your best foot forward, negativity is never helpful. It’s bound to ruin a person’s first impression of you, and plus, there’s nothing they could do about it. If you have a real complaint, take it to someone in HR.
- “How much money do you make?” – Salary is something people don’t usually like to talk about so you’re bound to turn someone off if you’re direct enough to come right out and ask.
- “I’m sorry to be a bother” - If you’re already sorry about something you haven’t done yet that’s not good, and if you feel that way why would you go ahead and do it. Instead, say something like “excuse me, do you have a moment?”
- “What do you think of our President?” – Politics on the first meeting is never a good idea. Nobody needs to get into an emotionally charged conversation right off the bat.
- “When is your baby due?” – While it may seem like a nice question, what happens if the person isn’t actually pregnant? There’s really no going back from such an insult.
- “Did you hear…?” – It’s never good to be tagged as the office gossip, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen if you start sharing info you probably shouldn’t be.
- “I love your dress” – It may seem innocent enough, but it’s best to avoid comments on a person’s personal appearance or belongings. If you really want to give a compliment, try giving them praise about the work they’re doing.
- “I’m so beat” – Letting someone know you’re tired isn’t going to help you. Instead, try and project a high energy when meeting someone for the first time.
- “You're cooler/prettier/nicer than I thought you'd be” – This makes you sound like you had low expectations of the meeting, which could translate as an insult.
- “I…I…I” – Such self-absorption is bound to be a turn off. Instead, try showing sincere interest in others.
Source: Business Insider