istock/martin-dm Avoiding eye contact
Maintaining eye contact when someone is talking will help build trust because it shows genuine interest. Not making eye contact can create feelings of rejection and dismay. “Some people refuse to make eye contact with you if they don’t know you,” says Tina Gilbertson, a psychotherapist in Denver and author of Constructive Wallowing. “It could be due to shyness, but the lack of eye contact conveys arrogance or low self-esteem.” Either way, withholding your direct gaze, you project personality cues of being unfriendly and unapproachable. These are subtle habits you have that make people trust you.
istock/skynesher Not smiling
Whether you mean to be frowning or not, an unhappy expression can suggest that you’re a Debbie Downer. Obviously you can’t go around grinning all day long, but flashing a smile or at least a neutral expression when you meet people can go along way toward conveying a positive attitude. An article in Forbes suggests smiling when first meeting someone, even if you’re busy and or have other things on your mind. Here are some more ways to make a great first impression.