MAKE A KICK-ASS FIRST IMPRESSION

You'll stand out from the crowd with Cosmopolitan's smart moves.

Shake hands like a pro.

"Many women wait for the other person to extend his or her hand, but reaching out first puts you in control immediately, says Marjorie Brody, founder of Brody Communications, an executive coaching and training firm in Philadelphia.

Groom these key spots.

"Your shoes, hair, and nails are the things people notice first," says Brody. It may not seem like a big deal to have a chipped nail or worn-out pumps, but these things suggest that you're sloppy and not detail-oriented.

Establish eye contact.

"Introductions make many people nervous, and looking away or down is a common reaction," Brody explains. "But eye contact demonstrates that you're comfortable, interested, and engaged."

Show you're prepared.

"Do some research on the person's company," suggests Brody. Mentioning a tidbit like their new CEO in the first five minutes lets them know you're informed.

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