People who make an impact as soon as they walk into a room usually display these 8 behaviors

Some people just have that ‘it’ factor. 

They may not be the best looking, the best dressed, the tallest or the shortest person in the world, but somehow, their presence tends to intrigue everyone.  

This ambiguous charisma gives them a near-automatic advantage in life. 

People want to be friends with them. 

 Employers want to hire them. 

 Everyone wants to be around them. 

 So, if you want to cultivate that positive effect on the people you come across, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this article, I’ll walk you through the behaviors of people who make an impact as soon as they walk into a room.  

Once you get a clearer picture of things, you can make the necessary adjustments. 

Let’s get to it! 

1) They have confident, authoritative body language 

Let’s start with the obvious. 

People who quickly make an impact tend to visually stand out in a crowd. 

They stand tall, indicating that they are proud of who they are, rather than cowering, as if fearful of people’s judgment. 

You’d be surprised how rare genuine, deep-rooted confidence is in the world. 

And with body language being our primary means of in-person communication with the rest of humanity, when someone is truly confident, we pick this up almost immediately. 

Apart from standing upright, they’ll also consistently maintain open body language, using strong, purposeful gestures to make an impact without even saying a word. 

That’s power. 

2) They have a warm and genuine smile 

I was on the tube traveling through London last month and I couldn’t help but notice how my fellow commuters appeared so sullen, either blankly staring into the distance–or at their screens. 

Granted, it was a weekday rush hour, so most people must’ve been a little burnt out. 

But still, it didn’t feel like the most welcoming environment. 

I get it, life can be hard; hence it’s the easy option to fall into the trap of being glum and unfriendly, which explains its wide-reaching appeal (i.e. on public transport.) 

So if you regularly smile in public settings, whether at strangers or people you might know, this is a breath of fresh air to many. 

The simple act of smiling can make you far more approachable. It creates a lasting first impression. 

Smiling is the kind of gesture that powerfully signals friendliness, positive energy, and openness–things that are contagious and sorely needed in an increasingly unfriendly world. 

3) They make eye contact 

People avoid eye contact for various reasons, from shyness to dishonesty. 

But regardless, making the effort to meet people’s gaze now and then can go a long way. 

Why? Direct but comfortable eye contact with people in your vicinity signals respect, interest, and confidence, among other things. 

It makes people feel acknowledged… and in a sense, heard and seen too. 

Just a disclaimer: Though eye contact is great, be wary of overdoing it, or it can backfire. 

Nuance is key. You don’t want to give off Patrick Bateman vibes.  

4) They dress appropriately 

A well-dressed person will always stand out. 

If you carefully choose attire fit for the occasion, simultaneously displaying effort and restraint, you’re making a statement. 

Imagine you host a big dinner party. 

You’ve painstakingly cooked and shopped for a complex series of recipes, you’ve bought pricey wines from BevMo!, you did all the planning, and you will probably do most of the cleaning. 

Wouldn’t you appreciate it if your guests were a little glammed up rather than wearing flip-flops and knock-off NBA jerseys? I think we all would. 

It’s the little things that count, after all; particularly when it comes to making impressions on other people. 

Dressing for the occasion communicates respect for the event, the host, and the other attendees. 

In short, dressing appropriately is an ideal and relatively easy place to start when wanting to make an impact. 

5) They speak with an articulate tone 

When you speak articulately, this will almost always make a profound impression on new people. 

Speaking clearly at a measured pace indicates confidence and intelligence. 

People will look forward to conversing with you and hearing you speak.

They know that when they interact with you, the discourse will be stimulating; not inane and empty as is the case with many others. 

Regardless of what you think of the man and his politics, Barack Obama has always been a skilled speaker. 

He has a low-pitched, clear, impactful inflection. He effectively uses pauses. 

He was a relatively unknown junior senator out of Illinois when he was catapulted to the presidency. 

And how did he ascend so quickly? How did he strike America’s collective nerve in such a short period? 

Well, among other reasons, it had a lot to do with his inspiring, riveting speeches. 

In other words, when you speak with presence and power, the public will often respond accordingly. 

6) They are active listeners

We live in a world saturated with distractions. 

Thus, the simple virtue of actively listening has become far more irregular than you might imagine. 

People who make an immediate impact also tend to be quality, attentive listeners. 

They don’t just listen to talk or reply, they listen to understand. 

They have an understanding of non-verbal cues and will adjust their approach to maintain comfort. 

These traits alone make them engaging. Naturally, people enjoy their presence.

Many people these days might turn to their phones while waiting for their turn to speak. 

A good listener, however, will consistently show a genuine interest and focus, making the other person feel valued and heard in the process. 

7) They know when to express gratitude 

A simple “thank you” when expressed with feeling, and at the right time, can go a long way. 

Basic manners aren’t as common as you’d think in this day and age.

You’d be surprised how many people out there are self-entitled. And act like it. 

Feeling acknowledged and appreciated will never get old for most people. Impactful people understand this. 

If they’re at a party or an event, they will always go out of their way to say thank you to hosts, attendees, or speakers.

8) They engage with everyone 

Impactful people tend to have a lot of integrity. 

They won’t just schmooze with the VIPs of the party, they’ll make an effort to engage with everyone, regardless of status, making people feel special and appreciated. 

This speaks to the quality of their character, something that typically reverberates to everyone they come across. 

Nobody likes a snob who will only talk to you when it’s convenient. That just isn’t cool. 

Being respectful, inclusive, and accessible, on the other hand, is very cool–and will often make an impact wherever you go. 

Final thoughts 

So there you have it, the common behaviors of people who always make an impact whenever they walk into a room. 

Once you begin to actively cultivate these behaviors, slowly but surely, you’ll undoubtedly notice major positive changes (and better quality relationships) come your way. 

You got this. 

Clifton Kopp

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