6 Ways ADHD Adults Can Make Good First Impressions

Attention deficit adults often lack social skills -- which poses challenges when they get to know new people. Follow these tips to leave a good impression while meeting a prospective friend, co-worker, or boss.

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Whether or not you have ADHD, first impressions have an enormous effect on personal and professional relationships. They dictate whether you get a job or a date or make a friend -- and, as they say, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

Most people judge others within the first two minutes of a first encounter -- some experts say, the first three seconds. Unfortunately, hyperactivity and inattentiveness are often misinterpreted by new acquaintances as a lack of respect for or interest in others. Therefore, it is wise for ADHD adults to do all they can to make a good first impression.

You know the importance of eye contact, a smile, and a firm handshake. Here are a few other things you can do:

Next: Dress and Act the Part

This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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TAGS: ADHD Social Skills, ADHD Dating, ADHD and Relationships, ADHD Career Paths

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