Classy people who always leave a lasting impression usually display these 10 behaviors

We all want to make a great impression.

Being liked is an important part of getting along together.

It not only makes all the difference in our personal lives, but it can be a game-changer in our careers too.

Classy people have a certain charm that leaves you with a positive memory of them.

Whilst it may seem like effortless likeability, they have a few tricks up their sleeves that create this effect.

So let’s take a look at the behaviors they use to leave a lasting impression on everyone they meet.

1) They remember your name

It’s such a simple hack.

If you want to be instantly more liable, then make an effort to remember someone’s name. Then within the first few minutes, casually slip it in during your conversation.

There’s no need to go overboard, just once is enough to make the other person feel respected and special.

Here’s why:

Your name is a deeply personal thing. So harnessing its power makes the person you’re speaking to feel valued and seen.

It’s a way of acknowledging the other person so that they feel important to you.

If remembering names has always been tricky for you, then stop blaming your memory says famous brain coach Jim Kwik.

“There is no such thing as a good or bad memory, there is just a trained memory and an untrained memory, meaning memory is not something that you have, it’s something that you do. It’s not a noun, it’s a process.”

When someone tells you their name, be sure to focus on them so you’re not lost in distractions around you. Then try repeating it to yourself a few times to cement it into your memory.

2) They are respectful yet warm

Achieving this quality involves a combination of things.

It draws together good manners and kindness.

That helps to create a friendly but polite demeanor.

The good news is that we can all learn impeccable social etiquette.

Sure, that includes the basics like always saying “please” and “thank you” regularly. But it ultimately comes down to aiming to treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are.

When you add to this a warm smile, good eye contact, and an open bodylanguage, you’ll come across as welcoming.

3) They try to get to know you

Here’s the funny thing:

Leaving a lasting impression on someone often has nothing to do with you. It depends on how much of an interest you show in them.

We all love to talk about ourselves, that’s a science-backed fact. As positive psychiatrist, Samantha Boardman explains:

“Talking about oneself activates the same areas of the brain that light up when eating good food, taking drugs, and even having sex. Simply put, self-disclosure is gratifying. It gives us a neurological buzz.”

We can tap into this to make a good impression. It’s as simple as being curious about others.

That means asking them questions and allowing them to share with you.

This is what builds rapport.

People go away thinking you’re a lovely person just by giving them a platform to speak.

4) They exude self-belief

They say when it comes to confidence, we should fake it till we make it.

It’s true that there are certain tricks we can learn to help us seem more self-assured.

We’re talking about the right sort of body language and speaking with conviction and clarity, to capture the attention of others.

But it’s also true that a lot of our inner self-worth (or lack of it) ends up shining through when we meet someone.

When we are sure of ourselves in quietly confident ways, people pick up on that.

That’s why it’s important to constantly be doing the deeper work to bolster self-esteem.

When we believe in ourselves, people pick up on it and it instills that confidence in them too.

5) They’re well put together

It can sound very shallow to say that what you choose to wear makes a difference in how people will view you.

But in the real world, there is no point in denying that’s the case.

In many ways, our clothing is an expression, so it makes sense that it tells people things about our personality too.

Classy people who leave a lasting impression tend to dress tastefully, although that’s obviously something that’s open to interpretation depending on individual taste.

But above all else, they dress appropriately for every occasion.

They don’t need to be the most stylish person in the room, yet they always pay attention to grooming and personal hygiene.

6) They come across as sincere

The research is clear:

Authenticity brings with it a host of positive benefits.

Not only does it make us happier and feel more empowered, but it can also do wonders for our relationships with others.

But sincerity is fundamentally about staying true to our own values and having integrity.

This ensures that you don’t fake it and fall into people-pleasing behaviors that will ultimately lose other’s respect.

People who come across as sincere are transparent in their words and actions.

But it certainly doesn’t mean you have to reveal everything about yourself or be overly honest to the point of exposure.

Being genuine with people is how you help to create a sense of psychological safety and trust between you.

7) They’re understanding of others

Classy people are always considerate and thoughtful towards others. Often this is based on a deep sense of empathy.

It’s this quality that allows us to stay open and understanding towards different perspectives.

It’s easy to get along with people who are just like us. We often instantly click because we have so much in common.

But being someone who leaves a lasting impression on everyone you meet means being likable amongst a diverse group of people.

That requires looking for things that unite you. Because when we go searching for common ground it’s much easier to bond.

8) They keep it positive

Have you ever met someone who won’t stop complaining?

I’m guessing after a while you found it incredibly draining.

That’s because negative energy is infectious. Research confirms this contagious quality. So that means other people’s bad moods rub off on us.

It’s not to say that we have to be a ray of sunshine all the time. We all have bad days and bad moods.

But it’s important to be mindful of whinging and whining, especially around new people.

If you want to make a good impression, keep your interaction positive.

We gravitate more to glass-half-full types of people. After all, we’re all looking for people who lift us up, not drag us down.

9) They watch what they say

We’ve already discussed the importance of sincerity, but that’s never an excuse for lack of tact.

Our words can be far more powerful than we think, and can inadvertently wound, even when we don’t intend them to.

That’s why communication should always be mindful.

Everyone who has ever put their foot in their mouth (surely that’s all of us?!) knows how easily the wrong thing can slip out.

Certain skills can help us to bring greater awareness to the way we interact, such as:

  • Active listening
  • Keeping an eye on people’s non-verbal cues
  • Staying present in the moment
  • Responding with sensitivity
  • Pausing and reflecting before speaking

This way, we can ensure that our words do good and not harm — much like the last behavior on our list.

10) They dish out compliments

Compliments may seem like flattery, but instead, we should think of them as appreciation.

They are tiny acts of gratitude that we can dish out throughout the day.

When you want someone to go away with a lasting impression of you, a great way to achieve that is to notice something unique or special about them.

This attentiveness makes the other person feel good, and so increases your liability in the process.

As psychotherapist Lindsay Liben reminds us: “Compliments can be a useful tool to nurture and enhance relationships. Ultimately it contributes to deeper, more intimate connection.”

To do compliments in the right way, we should make sure:

  • It’s linked to something we genuinely feel or believe (no BS!)
  • That’s it’s specific and not too general or vague

In many ways, offering compliments is a way of being generous with others. It’s such a little thing to give away, but can mean so much.

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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