Dude, You’re Getting a Dell!

Dell Vostro v130 - RedThat’s Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! One of you lucky bastards are gonna win this brand NEW Dell Vostro v130 hot & sexy laptop! ;) What do ya know about that?  (Actually, you’re about to find out! haha…)

Our good friends at Dell asked if I’d like to review one and then do a giveaway, and as soon as I heard it was built for small business I was all up on it.  Especially since I’ve been doing some mad traveling with Love Drop lately, and *needed* something more slick to get me work done (and I even get to keep it – woo!).  So after 2 weeks of poking and prodding it all across the country, here’s my 100% un-filtered opinion on this sleek and sassy little computadora.

My very professional review:

  • This this looks hot!!! It sounds cliche, but I literally saw heads turning when I whipped it out at the airport.  Reminds me of the old school candy apple red Caddy’s you’d see bouncin’ down the streets leaking music ;) Only pumpin’ Pandora, instead.
  • The screen is incredible. Crystal clear and high-definition!! (13.3-inch WLED display) It actually didn’t hit me until I went back on my old laptop to check something, and my eyes got all blurry! haha… not used to such clarity. I think it’s anti-glare, too?
  • You can skype like a champ! There’s a freakin’ 2.0 Mega pixel webcam embedded in that bad boy, and it works great (used this feature more than any others so far).
  • It’s REALLY fast. Of course I don’t have it all loaded up with my Photoshops and other hungry programs as yet, but from the specs of it I’m assuming it’ll handle just fine.
  • It’s really portable! A mix between a netbook and a “normal” laptop.  Haha.. not sure if there’s a name for that category as yet, but for now just think of it as a mutt ;)  A very stylish, and SLEEK mutt.  It fits really easily inside a backpack too — only weighs like 3 and 1/2 pounds…
  • It’s got MAD memory! 4 Gigs of RAM (at least the one I have, and the one one of you will be getting), and over 250 Gigs of lovely storage potential. Pretty much beats mine by like 800% ;)
  • And lastly, it works without being plugged in! Hahaa…. we’ll see how long that lasts.

The stuff that frustrates me:

  1. It doesn’t come with a CD-Rom! And it took me 35 mins of physically searching for it since I couldn’t find anything online about it (that’s how NEW it is), and just never knew laptops existed without them?  Guess it’s where we’re going these days… so I had to pick one up at Amazon for like $15 bucks.  Just plugs into your USB ports.
  2. My track pad randomly stops working. And seems to only occur during the most important times I need it too ;)  I haven’t installed it yet, but I saw in the customer reviews that there’s a driver out there that fixes it (the “snyatics driver”).  In the meantime, I’ll just keep using my trusty mouse.
  3. Sometimes the sharp edges poke me. I’m not sure if that’s due to the way I carry it around and personally use it, but either way it can get annoying at times… I guess that’s the price you pay for fashion though ;)

Dell Vostro v130 - Red
So yeah — that’s the whole shebang. Altogether a pretty hip and fast little laptop. I’m pretty excited at the new change of pace :) For more legit reviews and specs on the V130, check out the Vostro V130 microsite, and then head on over to Dell’s Trade Secrets Facebook tab and talk some bizness. Lots of other (more important) things I probably left out above, haha… what can I say, I’m a fool for good looks!

And now… time for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Keeping in line with the business essence of the Vostro, answer the following question below in the comments and you’ll be entered to win! (gotta be at least 18, and unfortunately have to reside in the U.S. of A.. Sorry my Canadian/Indian/British friends!)

How do you make a lasting first impression at work? Or with your small biz?

Let us know below, and then send some good vibes over to Random.org who’ll be picking the lucky winner next Thursday, March 10th. GOOOOOOOD LUCK everyone!!! And thanks for reading this foolish little blog of mine! ;)

PS: You’ll have to pay taxes on this if you win. Kinda like when Oprah gives out free cars ;)

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  1. Wojo March 2, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Wow…impressive giveaway. Hey, Dell…you know my number, right? ;)

    First impressions at work have always come down to performance for me. Getting in there that first week/month, and blowing away your bosses sends a clear message that you’re there to get down with the big boys. It sets a clear tone for how people will treat you for YEARS to come.

  2. Karen March 2, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    If I were working right now, I would say that I make a lasting first impression by remembering names and not talking too much. Pleasantly listening to others talk about themselves and what they do goes a long way with new co-workers. They want to hear about you, but not by running your mouth on the first day.

  3. Mark Roberts March 2, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Looks like an awesome laptop (even without a disc drive)!

    As for making a lasting first impression at work I’ve found that to make a good impression (which what I would imagine anyone would be shooting for) don’t say the first thing that comes to mind. Think, consider, and then talk and when you do talk talk with confidence, even if you idea or statement isn’t taken you look good for presenting a point well and not just throwing random stuff out there .

  4. Angie March 2, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    I’m a small biz owner, not an employee, but I still agree 100% with Wojo. Overdeliver from Day One. In the small biz world, that often needs to come before a contract is ever signed.

  5. Jenna March 2, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    By putting in my time, attention and hard work! And by focusing on the important things to get those done.

  6. Matt March 2, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    All it takes to make an impression at work is a little effort, a little time, and an open mind. Often, when entering a new position or job, I notice glaring opportunities for failure that are accepted because “that’s the way its always been done”. If you accept that then I wouldn’t expect to make any impressions at all. However if you take action and make a facility safer, more efficient, or productive the benefits will be exponential with relatively little effort.

  7. Jaimie March 2, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Making sure you show them from day one how valuable you are. Be the “can do” person with the “will do” personality!

  8. AndyA March 2, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Looks like a sweet machine…

    I’m in the military and one aspect that I’ve gotten used to is moving to a new organization about every 3 or 4 years. I like the idea of coming in and working hard, but if you come in and try to be too much of a trailblazer, you risk alienating your coworkers. I agree that actively listening and learning as much as possible is very important. You can really show initiative as you learn, asking intelligent questions and showing a genuine interest in the purpose of the organization will allow you to learn where your hard work will pay off the most without alienating your new coworkers.

  9. Ashley March 2, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    A bright smile, a nice firm handshake, and a lot of hard work.

  10. Jen March 2, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    I’m a teacher, so I make a great impression at work by being professional and personal. I try to keep my lessons rigorous and relevant by incorporating technology that kids use on a daily basis.

  11. Robert March 2, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    The way I try to make a lasting first impression in business is to be upfront with my customers. Usually that just means answering a potential customers email in a timely manner. Especially in today’s environment, where most of our conversations occur online, you have to be careful with the words you use. They don’t have the benefit of talking to you face to face, so they can’t see your expressions or body language.


  12. Mike March 2, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Provide great work with a quick turnaround.

  13. Nikki O March 2, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    I try to create a lasting first impression at work by being positive and always looking for strengths. I don’t get too concerned about problems, I look for ways that they can be fixed.

  14. A.Cayce March 2, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    I got to tour their facility in Austin, very impressive!

  15. john March 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Establish a baseline.

    Prioritize improvements, make improvements, report on improvements. Repeat until promoted.

  16. Duane March 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    I thought only netbooks came w/o a drive. Ah well, can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. (Never really understood what that meant, but ah well).

    Lasting first impression at work. Be on time. Be sharply (but not overly) dressed. Ask questions, but not to the point of being annoying. Be alert and eager to learn. Be interested in what’s going on. Total package here. There isn’t any one thing. Your first impression should be the one that you’ll give all the time. I guess the overall theme is be professional, and be motivated to achieve whatever goal or solution it is that your workplace asks of you.

  17. Nate March 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    First, first impression. Before even opening your mouth…smile. Not that fake, my face hurts, smile. Rather, a genuine smile.

  18. Jen March 2, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    I make a good first impression at work by being confident and genuine. That’s how to get people to like AND respect you!

  19. Beckey & Jeff March 2, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    First impressions for me is showing that you can do what you were hired for, and above. Willingness for learning new things also sets a good first impression.

  20. S W March 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Get fast at remembering names. People are always much more welcoming and helpful when you are able to address them by name. Also, always be positive!

  21. Darrell March 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Smile, firm hand shake, and trying to get at least one personal detail to talk about (hobbies, travel, etc). The weather and sports just don’t cut it.

  22. Tea March 2, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Always appear to be productive.

  23. Sarah W March 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    I make a lasting first impression by showing that I am willing, eager and excited to learn new things, and that I’m capable of learning new things FAST.

  24. Beth March 2, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    After being a stay at home mom for 4 years, I recently started my own consulting firm to ease back into the working world. I was so lucky to get clients before I even “officially” announced that I was consulting. I can attribute this easy transition to the hard work and dedication that I put into all my previous jobs & volunteer work. I’ve always been ready to take on any job and to put in the work (menial tasks included), if it meant a successful project.

    I also am a big believer in good follow up whether its e-mail or a well timed follow up via snail mail! Who doesn’t get a smile when they receive a hand written note in their mailbox?

  25. Linnette C March 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    I make a lasting first expression at work, by bringing in the donuts or other sweets in the morning. This usually results in the whole team congregating together, and it encourages speaking and getting to know team members outside the cube over a nice jelly stuffed. Usually even the Managers participates. Everyone remembers the person who brings the donuts.

  26. Sarah Fowler March 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    I’ve found the best, most memorable first impressions are unscheduled/unexpected. When someone is inquiring about something near you at an event, and you (politely!) jump in with an answer they’re looking for; or research a larger question they ask publicly and get information to them later, people will remember you. I can’t tell you how much business I’ve gotten this way.

    When you’re interviewing, etc. (as a job candidate or consultant), it’s harder to stand out because you’re one in a long stream of first impressions that tend to get all lumped together no matter how great you are. Plus, in those instances someone else is in charge of the context of the first impression. Make it your own!

  27. Andrew March 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    I think that first impressions are a lot like personal brand building. When it comes to first impressions, it’s usually the intangible things that matter–did you smile, how was your tone, how was your handshake? In small business, I always try to represent myself and my personal “brand” the way I would want any employee to represent my business. At the end of the day, though, first impressions really never end–I try to meet or exceed the expectations set during a first impression 100% of the time.

  28. James March 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Be indispensable!

  29. Zach March 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    My method of making a lasting impression at work is to determine what the “gold standard” is, and beat it. When I worked as a CSR (Customer Service Representative, the sort of folks who help others with problems via telephone), the gold standard was the ratios of calls resolved versus calls necessitating work orders. I spent a lot of time working on improving that ratio, and in about 2 years had one of the best in the department. Now, working in electronic document management, the gold standard is turning all paper processes into digital ones. I am continually working on better ways to do this, and this solidifies the impression that others have of me.

  30. Jennifer R March 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    For me, a lasting first impression at work results from giving your job 110% from the first day you start. Rather than taking my time with anything, I try and finish everything early – I don’t act like the new kid, I act like I’ve been there for years. At my current job – my boss noticed and appreciated this. In fact, he and several others commented on how I was “working TOO fast” and they couldn’t keep up with me! As a result, I was put on a huge project within my first month at the company, which has resulted in tons of on-the-job learning experiences, and the chance to travel to China for the next phase in our project.

  31. Kat March 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I think that the best way to get noticed and stay in your company’s “eye” is not only hard work, dedication, etc., but also to be looking for ways to jump in and add your own ideas or suggest new opportunities for the company. Show people that you’re thinking beyond just the immediate task.

  32. Chris March 2, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    They way that I make a lasting first impression is that your employer usually has moderate expecations of you on your first task at work. So if you under promise and over deliver you can blow them away with your abilities. Then they know from then on your the go to guy.

  33. Fiona March 2, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Handwritten thank you notes anytime someone goes out of their way to help me or when they do a great job and genuine interest in others

  34. MikeTheRed March 2, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    The way I’ve always blown my bosses and coworkers away in the first week is to take whatever first task I’m given, regardless of how seemingly pointless or menial, and then I just absolutely kill it. On top of that, I try to find something related that no one is doing, and accomplish that too. It shows that I can do a terrific job at any task, and that I’m a go-getter looking to be a real asset to the company. The key in that first week is to be supportive of the org, not disruptive!

  35. Sam March 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Having just started a new job, I think what is most important is to observe the ways and customs of what is going on currently and to make notes on what works and doesn’t work. Then, once you have a feel for everything, start implementing changes that will change the environment for the better. Oh, and make sure to be on time!

  36. Rachel211 March 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I have a bright red suit that I wear to interviews and the first week I’m extra friendly and ask people a lot of questions about themselves. Everyone likes to talk about themselves! ;)

  37. Aaron March 2, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    When I transfered to my new position the impression I made was that I was there to work and give 110 percent. I was doing jobs that lower employees were supposed to do just so they know I’m prepared to take on any thing that comes at me.

  38. Faith March 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    i try to make a good impression by having a general positive attitude and being friendly to the people that i interact with. I also try not to talk myself up very much because ive noticed people cant stand others with giant egos!

  39. Allison March 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Big smile, and be eager and interested in the work.

  40. C. Lyn March 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    To me making a good first impression is about taking the lead on initiatives and proving your worth all the way through. For your superiors to respect and rave about your work they first need to trust that you are capable at all levels. It’s not about knowing all of the answers and being a brown-noser, it’s about asking the right questions, taking on initiatives before being asked, and completing assignments and projects flawlessly. Be respectful, be a team-player, be positive.

  41. Celia March 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    My lasting first impression? Spread confidence plus be eager to be helpful, with anything, if its in my department or not. Three years in, and people still know me as the go to person! And I definitely don’t mind it. I’d rather be helpful than out of a job.

  42. Steph March 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I just try to be myself.

  43. Sue March 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Making a good impression at work is getting my work done in a timely manner because others need my feedback and/or information. If I make a promise to get something done, I make sure I follow through on that promise. Hard work doesn’t mean being buried under paperwork, it means working smarter and using the tools that are available to help you get the job done.

  44. Miss Lissy March 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I think I make a lasting first impression by genuinely caring. It’s what I aim to do.

  45. Leilani March 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    A positive attitude, the appearance of confidence (but not over-confidence) and dependability go a long way to creating a favorable and lasting first impression. Make sure to take every task seriously.

    And I couldn’t agree more with AndyA’s comments about not alienating your co-workers.

  46. Mary Collins March 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    VALUE – it is the one thing we all want and forget to give! My fellow workers are all very interested in keeping their jobs during lay-offs, but very few are willing to make themselves valuable.
    NEVER utter the words “it is not my job”. Do you want to be passed off to 15 people because no one has initiative to stop and deal with a situation? Just do it. And don’t whine about it!!
    Now many of you will say that employers will take advantage of these “value” minded people. OF COURSE THEY WILL, it is a fine line on both sides to Value and Profit. The trick it to make sure that you are willing to get on the damned high-wire to start with. Because if you are not, then you are not even in the game.

  47. Grant March 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Ask questions, don’t talk bad about your old job, steer negative conversations toward the positive, don’t talk about all that you’ve done or will do, learn people’s names, say hello, say good morning, smile.

  48. Carson March 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    A big smile and using people’s names when I talk to them makes a good first impression. Then I back it up with solid work.

  49. amy b March 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    I work in a pharmacy that has been family owned for 60+ years. I came in with a good understanding of computers and was able to look like a pro on their OLD prescription program within a day or 2. Of course that also means that he prefers me to make all the ‘service’ calls, yuck!! But it’s nice to feel wanted :)

  50. Vishal Boda March 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Always be on time
    Be pro-active.
    And mostly know what your are talking and don’t interrupt when others speak

  51. me in millions March 2, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I dress to impress, work hard and build relationships.

    And one of the reasons the laptop is light is because there is no CD-ROM.

  52. Jenn March 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    One thing I do is I take notes everytime someone shows me how to do something new. That way, they only have to show me once. They tend to forget they showed me how to do ____ and then I end up looking like a badass because I just ‘DO’ and don’t waste time asking ‘HOW’ over and over

  53. Jeannine March 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    First impression comes with presentation, before you get a chance to open your mouth or do anything, everyone looks at you, or your website, or the business card that was picked up, or the business plan you dropped off. So in order to make a best first impression, everything about how you present your self must be sharp. a lasting impression is made through dependability, and capability.

  54. Erin March 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Be on time, smile, and follow up with them.

  55. Angie M. March 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    I am always on time or early (but not too early), I am agreeable and, most importantly, I do what I say I am going to do.

  56. Jeremy Streich March 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Here’s my list, in no particular order (I know it’s a longer list than those above, but it isn’t hard to do):
    – Show up precisely when you say you you were going to.
    – Be enthusiastic, upbeat and smile.
    – Know the person your meeting, his name and title, and what he does for his institution.
    – Be respectful and polite.
    – Be well groomed (wish this went without saying).
    – Treat the secretary, janitor and interns just as well as you treat the CEO.
    – Don’t talk about what you want, talk about what they want, and how you can get them there.

    Second impression is a shorter list, but potentially a lot harder to do:
    Deliver exactly what you promised, exactly when you promised, for cost you promised. If you can do more, deliver early and cost less; even better.

  57. Alissa March 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    A professional attitude, a friendly smile, attention to detail, and genuine integrity make up a good first impression.

    What a pretty laptop!

  58. Chris March 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Ask questions and don’t act like you already know everything.

  59. Catherine March 2, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    What an awesome giveaway! This would be so handy as my husband and I are hoping to start our own business soon!

    I like to make a good impression by always remember names and use everyone’s first name when you are addressing them. It shows that you listen when they speak and just makes people feel more important that you remembered their name

  60. Joanne March 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I am a very hard worker. I’m basically an anal workaholic. I started with a new company about 4 years ago. I am a medical biller for a multi-million dollar cardiovascular medical practice. My organizational skills and attention to detail are very important in my line of work and when you are working for doctors that is the assets you can have to make a good first impression.

  61. Frances March 2, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    From the very first day:
    Cheerfully accept every single opportunity that arises.
    Contribute in every meeting.
    Ask questions about everything
    Last but not least, bring in lots of snacks for the group!

  62. Jt March 2, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    I make a first impression by being courteous, quiet and asking a few good questions immediately. People like you if you let them talk about themselves.

  63. Adrian March 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Make sure you actually do what you say you’re going to do, and make sure it’s quality so your boss knows when he asks you to do something he doesn’t have to look it over.

  64. Little Miss Moneybags March 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Whoa, awesome!

    Here’s my advice for making a lasting impression at work:
    – Be genuinely friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic about everything you’re asked to do.
    – Ask questions if you don’t understand — and TAKE NOTES ON THE ANSWERS
    – Dress appropriately and don’t come draped in scent, either with perfume/cologne or smelly lotions.
    – Talk less than you listen.
    – Make an effort to get to know everyone – don’t pick your clique the first day.

  65. Crystal March 2, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Cleavage! Just kidding! I know how to listen, learn and be receptive to what people want. I prove that I am trustworthy and my boss and tennants know that I got their backs!

  66. Erin March 2, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    A good, firm handshake! Eye contact, good listening skills, and following through with my responsibilities. Proving my competence, little by little.

    Thanks J. Money and Dell!

  67. Liz March 2, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    First lasting impression at work the way I did it: Contradicting the boss if our first meeting. Could have turned out badly, but turns out he likes that I’m willing to stand up to him, and I’m now his right hand person in the office!

  68. Powers March 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    “Name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.”

    But seriously – also going above and beyond to do your job well or make someone else’s job easier is the best way to leave a lasting impression. Most people don’t do this consistantly, so once you’re gone, you will be missed!

  69. Patrick March 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Dressing professionally, treating everyone you meet with respect and making sure to look people in the eye when talking to them.

  70. Nicky T. March 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Just be your self and do your best.

  71. Kelly H March 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Awesome giveaway!

    Leave a lasting impression by being authentic, delivering more than promised and maintaining personal contact with clients.

  72. Kami March 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I think the best way to make a lasting first impression is to walk in with a smile, listen intensely and good old fashioned hard work!

  73. NancyO March 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    I work at a large company and like any large company, there are a ton of inefficiencies.

    I’m looking at starting a small biz (refinishing furniture) for “fun” and see where it leads me. Having a sleek laptop will allow me not just my first impression, but my subsquent to impress clients with the process, picture transformation, and mock-ups before the work starts.

    I currently have a Mac and am just not that into it. I’m looking at making the jump back to the PC world — and of course selling my macbook for some extra cash in my budget ;)

  74. Grace March 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    It seems like a small thing, but I think dressing in a way that is both professional and showing some personal style makes a really great first impression, so I always try to pay attention to what I am wearing whenever I meet someone new in a work capacity.

  75. Katie March 2, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    I work at a large company!

    I make a lasting impression at work by ALWAYS smiling! I 100% believe that smiles are contagious and no matter who you are and how pretty your smile is, someone will always remember how you always have a smile on your face! :)


  76. Lisatella March 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    One that should be obvious–organization is key. No one likes a messy employee! Throw out the old coffee cups and such, people! (And use pretty file folders where feasible.)

  77. Jeremy Orr March 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Wow, what a great giveaway!

    I think the best way to make a great first impression at work is to be enthusiastic and friendly, then make yourself useful. Show your new employer and coworkers that you deserve to be there. Fill a nitch, go the extra mile, but be careful to not step on anyones toes or make it seem like you are trying too hard. You want your coworkers and bosses to respect you and they’ll do so if you show that you are good at your job. The quicker you can get that across, the better.

  78. Lisa March 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    I made a lasting first impression at work…one I’ve been trying to correct since I got there.

    When I first started my job, I tried to assimilate into the jokey banter of my coworkers too quickly. We were talking about the state of our old website, and one of my coworkers said that it sucked. I then repeated, “yeah, it definitely sucks” in front of my boss. In those few seconds, I established a reputation as inconsiderate and almost disrespectful of the work of other employees because I followed the lead of a coworker! Yikes!! So a way to make an impression that is more positive is to definitely listen more than you speak at a new position and be wary of toxic coworkers who might get you in trouble by accident.

  79. Jason@LiveRealNow March 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I try to make a good first impression with my small biz by using the sexiest dang laptop in the world to run my training presentation. Woo!

  80. Meg March 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I went on a lot of interviews in the last year (and finally landed a great job)! It was like dating and hard to not get frustrated and would have been easy to stop taking them seriously, but anytime I had one I reminded myself it was a new opportunity and I I could be meeting my potential new coworkers, so I dressed the part and put on a professional face while still letting a little of my fun side shine through.

  81. Jillian March 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Great giveaway!!

    I work in management consulting and frequently have new bosses/project teams/clients – so needless to say, first impressions are very important! I try to ask a thoughtful, educated question as soon as I can (within the first hour or so of meeting if possible). This shows that I am interested in my new assignment, have done some research, and am already starting to think about how to add value to the new task, even if it hasn’t officially started. They remember me more because they’ve had an actual conversation with me rather than just an introduction.

  82. Ryan March 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    I make a lasting first impression at work in my small business by showing that I know what I am talking about and being not afraid to ask questions. Also by taking on projects that challenge me.

  83. Mckay Moline March 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    I try to make a great first impression at work by listening to people before I say anything. Also just being enthusiastic in general about whatever work there is to do. People notice that kind of stuff.

  84. Christi March 2, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I leave a lasting impression at work by being a positive person to speak with. I continually hear that I am a warm person who listens well and has a big smile. This is what keeps people coming back! Love it!!

  85. Desi Guy March 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Great giveaway !
    I work for a not so large company, and my way of making a lasting first impression is taking on a high visibility project and giving it more than 100%. The idea is to exceed expectations but at the same time be careful not to set the bar so high that when you come back to normal working speed – it seems like a let down.

  86. Cassie March 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    *sniffle* But, but, but why isn’t it open to us? *sniff*

    lol, I’ll answer the question anyway. Aside from the obvious of do your job well and take on new challenges, I’ve found the best way to stand out at work is to dress well. I’ve been told that going forward I’ll be going to more client meetings because I’m more presentable than the other person is. Trademark looks work too within reason.

    Such a girly answer…

  87. tiffany March 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I leave a lasting impression by delivering on promises.

  88. Beating Broke March 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    You want to make a lasting first impression? Know what the heck it is that your talking about. If you’re meeting with a client, whether it’s for a company that you work for, or your own company, know the client before you get there. Do your research and get to know them. It helps you understand their situation and what they are asking for as well as eliminates some of the wasted time when they don’t have to fill you in.

  89. tom March 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    You make a lasting first impression by speaking intelligently, meeting deadlines, and answering questions directly.

  90. Matt March 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I try to make a lasting impression at work by being a person that is consistent. I consistently produce quality work, and I am an employee that they can count on to do a job well. Managers are always dealing with sketchy employees that they have to keep a close eye on. I am the exception, they trust me to follow the correct procedures, and know I will perform at a high level all the time.

  91. Rachel S March 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Hello BAS!! To make a lasting first impression at work a good one, whether it’s for a new boss or a new client, I believe saying less is more! By speaking the bare minimum, it gives me time to focus and not saying anything that may make me look foolish. When I do say something, I make sure it’s with confidence and authority. This has always worked for me. =D

  92. Mel March 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    For me, perception is reality. In all aspects (appearance, how you speak, and overall how you present yourself).

  93. 2nd Chance March 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Be the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. Display overall enthusiasm for what you do. It will eventually show the powers that be that you are committed and will ultimately be successful.

  94. Tom Meitner March 2, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    For me, making a lasting impression is about the little things that aren’t so little: like professionalism and deadlines. You can do great work, but if you don’t carry yourself professionally and/or treat your clients with respect, you won’t get called back. It’s all about being responsive, communicating often (and clearly), and demonstrating that you respect their time.

    Best of luck to all participants!

  95. Matt Herman March 2, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I like the review, much more interesting than most that I read. :)

    I usually make an impression at work by showing up and fixing the stuff that nobody else can. Really, I’m the guy that controls all the IT smoke & mirrors. (Pay not attention to the man behind the curtian)

  96. Damsel March 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I leave a lasting first impression by respectfully showing my self-confidence – holding my head up, standing straight with my shoulders squared. I smile, give a good handshake, and speak confidently and respectfully.

  97. Clare March 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM


    A firm (but not too aggressive!) handshake, good eye contact, a smile, and some good natured, self-deprocating humor to lighten any tension.

  98. TJ March 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Just be yourself. People can read if your phony a mile away.

  99. Alexis March 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I’ve been freelancing exclusively for six years, and by now almost all my clients are people I’ve never actually met. Their first impression of me comes from work I’ve done for their colleagues and contacts in the industry, so I’d have to say that the key to a positive first impression is to do such a great job every time, for every client, that they’ll spread the word for me.

    Now if I got a sexy new laptop, I could do a great job away from my desk, too!

  100. MikeLo635 March 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Give the people what they NEED, with what they WANT as an overlay. Starting off with what they need get’s people going, ending with the glamorous things that they want, creates that lasting impression…

  101. Jon the Saver March 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    You should have a balance of confidence and humility when you first walk into the room. A firm handshake is a must. You can tell a lot from another person’s handshake. And no sucking up, people can see right through your BS. Be your “best you” and you will be sure to impress!

  102. Suzanne March 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Smile! When you first meet someone (especially in work situations) smile; even if you are meeting via phone or email that smile will shine all the way through cyberspace!

  103. Joe March 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I would have to say that the first impression is not always the most important, but the lasting impression is. I have made the mistake of being too brash in order to display confidence to my clients, however, by delivering on time and what is needed has more than satisfied them.

  104. Berrak March 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    I make a lasting first impression by being confident, approachable and remembering to LISTEN.

    Man, I need a new laptop too! This would be amazing!

  105. CityFlips March 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Looks kind of like Dell’s version of a Mac Airbook. I try to make a lasting impression by always dressing appropriately and flashing a big, confident smile when I meet someone. I also work really hard to remember names.

    If I get this laptop, I will be on top of the world!

  106. LORI March 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    In working with high level executives, I look professional and smile, keep calm and quiet, and always be ready to help with anything and get the job done! This laptop would help me make a great impression when attending board meetings!!

  107. Jess (of the formerly blue hair) March 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    oooo, shiny!

    For me, first impressions aren’t actually about the people I want to impress– they’re about their kids. I’m a therapist/teacher/tutor for kids with autism, and I’ve found that the best way to impress the adults and gain their trust is to focus 100% on their kids pretty much as soon as I walk in the door. Praising their kiddos, talking about how smart they are, clearly enjoying my time… it goes a long way towards a good relationship with the parents (and is so much more enjoyable than making small-talk)!

  108. WR March 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    People make an impression of you in the first few seconds. You are scanned, categorized and filed before you even open your mouth. Humans are stereotyping machines. That said, I think our pre-occupation with first impressions is a red herring and causes more damage than it helps. Sure, we should all strive to look our best, to be fit, healthy and we should dress in clean clothes and learn to communicate with intelligence and respect.

    The impression I make on any individual is inconsequential in relation to the way in which I live my life everyday. I only wish for my integrity, commitment and willingness to serve to reach them long before I do. If it has not and this is a true stranger encounter then my pretending to be more competent, more capable or smarter than I really am will only provide a disservice to them and to me.

    This is my strategy with my kids as well. “more of the truth is caught than taught” is the underlying philosophy at work here. Seeing someone live with integrity is 1,000 times more impactful that hearing them tell you to.

    In life, you are going to miss opportunities to impress people. You will meet someone while you are angry, drunk, sick, sad or disheveled and generally looking terrible. That’s life. Strive to live your life with integrity and be true to yourself and you will never feel that you lost a thing.


    btw – I don’t need another laptop, If I win give it to the next Love Drop recipient.

  109. Whitney March 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I crack down on all of my assignments with detail and efficiency. I try to get it done sooner than expected so I can say, “I’m all caught up with my work. What can I help you with?”

    My manager says I’m very reliable. :)

  110. Kate March 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I know it’s a cliche, but work smart, not hard. Be professional and don’t waste people’s time.

  111. Katy March 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I think being a team player is very important as it can show that you’re not afraid of hard work, but that you’re also willing to be friendly and work with a group. Also being a leader by giving credit where credit is due.

    Bring on the Dell! It would be great for traveling….fingers crossed!

  112. Julie March 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    First impressions at work are best when you’re friendly, smile a lot, ask lots of quesitons, and really listen and observe what’s going on.

  113. Shilps March 2, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    For me it is has to be a genuine smile, firm handshake, remembering names and being positive.

  114. Huguette March 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    My approach to a new job or contract is to be open and willing to take ownership. Learn as much as I can and ask intelligent questions. They’ll get to know me through the quality and timeliness of my work soon enough. But from the very start, I want to show them that I can take on responsibility and be a productive part of the team from Day One.

    Thanks for the nice giveaway [typed with fingers crossed] and for the interesting topic. Lots of great, informative comments!

  115. Michael Brooks March 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I’ve found that being polite to my coworkers right from the get go, and actually completing my assigned tasks in a timely manner goes a long way. I consistently stick to these, never wavering. My coworkers and supervisor respect me (eventhose who don’t like me) and I am given special priveleges and tasks that others are not.

  116. Travis @DebtChronicles March 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Have a positive and “can do” attitutde!

    Being positive is contagious – it will spread throughout the workplace, and be noticed. Nobody wants to work along side someone that is constantly complaining and negative. If you are positive, you will form a reputation of being someone that is willing to pound out solutions to tough problems, which is obviously a good thing!

  117. Ben March 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Nice laptop!

    I’d say be a good listener, remember to take a little time aside and write everything down they throw at you, at a later point. This helps you keep from getting overwhelmed, and running the ideas through your brain to fingers is good review.

  118. ErinMakesItWork March 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    At work, I always make my splash by sticking to deadlines. I’m a freelance writer and projects are always deadline driven. I’ve been known to rearrange my life and work 7 days per week to make a deadline if necessary.

  119. Albert Krabbe March 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    I have a light hearted approach to being the new guy in the office, and I often try to out-perform everyone else even though I’m new. I strive for the comments of, “That new guy is on top of it!” I’m very ambitious and always looking to go above and beyond what I’m asked to do.

  120. Alex B March 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    The best way to make a good impression is to be a good listener. This is a surprisingly rare skill and people notice if you listen actively.

  121. Nicole March 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Q: “How do you make a lasting first impression at work? Or with your small biz?”

    A: I add my personal touches and expertise to projects, but I maintain high quality output while being extremely efficient and professional. I listen to my clients and I try as best I can to recreate what they are looking for… while adding that extra something they may not have thought about. I also try my best to write thank you notes or send the quick thank you email… even to someone who may have just ran copies of a brief for me, because when you feel valued and appreciated from the bottom or with the employees– the whole business beams with value and credibilty. It’s that happy, confident vibe that come off everyone that a client works with that makes people believers and makes people take a second look at your business card when you hand it off.

  122. Meredith Lines March 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Totally sweet laptop! Well, I make a good impression at work by ALWAYS being reliable. It’s so amazing to me how many people these days are unreliable/flaky. I always show up on time, honor my word, and am genuinely nice to people. I think if you have those three characteristics, you’re golden!

  123. Wade March 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    As a new small business owner, it is about creating a high quality product and assuring the customer that they can contact you and you will listen. There is nothing worse in business than to have a customer/user/subsriber feel that they are not being listened to and taken seriously. A quality product shows that you care about what you put out there, but listening to and proactively responding to the customer is key.

  124. Jessica O. March 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Be on time! Be on time! Be on time!

    A confident smile and a handshake wouldn’t hurt either :)

  125. Brandi March 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    First impressions at work: go in there initially and speak with your boss. Be clear of all the expectations. Then bust your butt to exceed those expectations. Work hard, be On time, pleasant, and don’t get caught up in office b.s.

  126. Jeff March 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I definitely go for overdelivering on the highest impact area I can find. Finding out the boss’s needs and delivering on them before he/she even asks is killer.

  127. LB March 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I make a good lasting impression, by making a great first impression. I always smile and treat new customers with respect and listen to them. I never treat them like they don’t know what they are talking about and I always find ways of making a negative turn into a positive. I always go above and beyond what customers expect. I have lots of examples.

    I am looking at starting a side business this year in hopes to aid in saving for school. :)

  128. Kara March 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM


    For my business and my clients, my first impression comes from my website/blog. Most of my clients find me online first. So I have to make sure to post my best images and keep my blog upbeat and happy.

  129. Jessica W March 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I’m a small business person too, and I can tell you that the key to success in my business has always been to OVERDELIVER! Exceeding expectations always leaves an impression!

  130. Nathan Driver March 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    It’s all about first impressions. The way I try to make a lasting first impression is to keep the ‘first’ always going. Never stop succeeding and doing more than you say you will on a daily basis, ex. promise low exceed high. By keeping the communication line open and up-front doesn’t hurt as well.

  131. Lynda March 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    i try to leave a first good impression with an introduction of name and what i do and with a smile.

  132. Brandi March 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    At my job I have found that being wide awake, personable, and being well versed on the topic at hand works WONDERS at leaving a lasting impression.

    I’m the early bird here in the office, and (after my coffee of course), tend to be the life of the office when it comes to ‘perkiness’….and attitude actually.

    But that could also be because my day job is an engineer (we’re all really bad at social skills) but my part time job is a fitness instructor…so I get to be a nerd…but a bright and shiny perky one haha :)

  133. Kevin @ Thousandaire.com March 2, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Volunteer to do something no one else wants to do. Preferably a favor for someone in a high place. It works wonders.

  134. James March 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    I create a lasting first impression at work right from the start. I showed up before my office mates, immediately saw simple ways to save money, and asked for more work. During my performance evaluations (where I received either solid performance or outstanding) I asked to meet with the boss to discuss further plans of the company and where they would like to be in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and make sure I focus on those aspects. To date, I’ve saved the department a ton of money in small things, and saved them from purchasing larger unnecessary purchases as well. :-)

  135. Ashley March 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Be on time (erring on the side of early), be humble, ask questions and LISTEN TO THE ANSWERS, and be interested.

    That’s it!

    Works like a charm.

    (… for a worker bee, anyway.)

  136. Jordan Drake March 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    First impressions are extremely important. I always make sure I use eye-contact, employ a firm handshake, and dress appropriately for the situation. Hand-written notes are also hugely useful for standing out in the crowd.

  137. Kathleen March 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM


    To make a lasting first impression at work, I just step in on day 1 and show them what I can do. I ask good questions, remember the answers (I’m blown away by how many of my new hires/trainees don’t write things down, even when their memories are terrible), and show them my ability to improve processes to gain efficiencies.

  138. Trinnie March 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    I know my personality is what allows me to make a lasting impression at work, especially for the size of the company I work for. I make it a point to leave life drama “at the door,” and focus on my job during the day. I always have a smile on my face, and make sure to be a “cheerleader” for my company.

    Great giveaway, J!!!!

  139. Brant March 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    You make a lasting first impression, by working circles around everyone else. Fit in, but work hard. Don’t let your mouth ruin the first impression!!!

  140. IPA March 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Great giveaway!

    When I start a new job I show up a little early and I am ready to listen. I listen to my new employer and co-workers and I take notes, lots of them. I then take my notes home and review them before bed. Then I put together a plan of action and put it into motion the next day. My first day is listening and absorbing everything they say then put it into action. I use this approach for every task handed to me and I get compliments as to how quickly I can get a task completed.

  141. Heather Wilson March 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    The best bet to make a lasting first impression at work is to take on any task they give you. I like to just roll up my sleeves (sometimes literally) and get the task done. Quick, efficient, no complaining.

  142. Nate St. Pierre March 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    I always go into new work situations (interviews, biz meetings, potential partnerships, etc) like I have nothing to lose – because I don’t. When you have the “I can’t fail” mentality in the back of your mind, it helps me feel confident about who I am and what I’m doing, and that air of confidence (not arrogance) comes out in the interaction.

  143. Zach March 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    The way I’ve tried to make a first impression at work is being on time and ready to handle the job at hand. Also by asking questions if I’m unsure about something, just starting out you don’t want to screw something up just because you didn’t know.

  144. Jennie Kohl Austin March 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I make my very best first impression with a BIG smile and by giving my client my full attention. I listen and do my best to solve the problem that has been presented to me, even if that problem is not mine to solve. :D

  145. Annalisa March 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    I think you make a lasting first impression by showing knowledge of their company — asking informed questions, etc. They like to be flattered that you did your homework, and it makes them think you’re at the top of your game!

  146. Jordan March 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Sleek Gadget!

    Remember people’s names and take interest in their work/passion, whether it be a colleague or customer/client.

  147. Danielle H. March 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    What a fantastic giveaway.
    Hey random.org, pick me and I’ll be your best friend! :)

    I recently started a new job and made a lasting impression by going above and beyond and being super friendly to everyone. Always offering to pitch in and lighten other people’s loads helps out.

    Good luck to all!!

  148. duong p March 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I make a lasting impression by doing such stellar work that people can’t help but remember me.

  149. suzanne March 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Being on time, organized, and wearing a big smile!

  150. Chelsea W. March 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Ooh…how lovely. I could sure use one of those.

    My strategy for making a lasting impression in my workplace is working as hard as I can, going above and beyond when it will really make a difference, and staying out of the office drama (and oh there is always Drama!). I’m young, so the hardwork might now pay off tomorrow, but it will definitely make a difference in the long run.

  151. Jennifer March 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    To me, a great first impression is built with a smile, a positive attitude, the ability to listen and the understanding that you are there to make your boss or client’s life easier. Not the other way around.

    Great giveaway!

  152. Taylor in TX March 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I try to do the best job that I can – I know that sounds lame. With my small business (real estate), I make sure my properties are in tip top shape before I show them to prospective tenants. Everything is perfect. That way, I am asking the tenants questions and not “explaining away” property defects.

  153. Jennifer March 2, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    For first impressions in the workplace, it’s all about smiling and engaging with people.

    My side hustle is buying and selling books online, so there it’s all about describing my books well and double-checking for spelling mistakes, etc.

  154. Pedro March 2, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    I make a lasting impression at work by having a POSITIVE ATTITUDE! That is really the most important thing :-)

  155. Quietgirl1971 March 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I always make sure I’m up-to-date on the latest news in my industry and in my organization. This way I can contribute to conversations with previously thought-out opinions and feedback.

  156. Erik March 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    The best way to truly make an impression is to take the time and thought to truly understand your new client or employer and how you can make their lives better. When you’ve done the proper preparation and can identify and articulate their needs better than they can, you’ve demonstrated value and and true care for them right off the bat.

  157. Chantill March 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    I try to be upbeat and positive. I am also respectful, because that goes a long way to building a healthy relationship with your boss and co-workers.

  158. carrie March 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    I’m in HR and I find my new staff members are most impressed with me when I respond quickly (almost immediately) with answers to their questions and the solution to their problems.

  159. Brianna March 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Well, you can make a lasting GREAT first impression, or a lasting BAD first impression!

    For a GREAT impression: show up on time, smile and say hi to everyone you cross paths with, and demonstrate great focus on getting to know the company and your job. It also helps if you show a willingness to quickly adapt to your new surroundings.

    For a BAD impression: do the opposite of everything listed above!

    Unfortunately, a bad first impression can stick with you forever, so it’s best to put in the effort to make it great! (It was fun answering the question even if I don’t win the prize!) :)

  160. AJ March 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    I work at a very small company, I’m the only female and it’s a male dominated field. I made my first and lasting impression by doing some research before I was hired and before my first day. I became familiar with the companies products and what they do. When I was told to answer phones and assist customers, my boss was amazed that I was able to price things and even provide some technical support. That was eight years ago and I’m still working there, so it must have been a great first impression. Sometimes my boss, “the expert”, has to hand the phones to me because he can’t answer the questions. Feels good to have the knowledge and be respected in my field. This laptop would be incredibly useful now that I work primarily from home since having my son and my desktop fried itself during a recent storm. ;)

  161. aeko March 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    It is a very small part of making a good impression, and it is look and act professional, and be prepared. No matter what your job is, these things will take you a long way.

  162. E-$ March 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Invest in them, they’ll invest back. But don’t help out JUST to get something in return. Adds major credibility when it’s genuine.

  163. CBradley March 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    A good way to make a lasting first impression ont he job is to put in the extra time and effort to get up to speed with the rest of the team as soon as possible, and in conjunction be a good team player and be consistent.

  164. rubyruns March 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    by being a good listener because 1)people like to talk about themselves and 2) remembering details is important

  165. Carolyn Sosnowski March 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Smile, and know what the hell you are talking about!

  166. TF March 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Looks like I nice Dell setup…

    As for first impressions, I am facing that now. I have a new client and I have gone in quietly and let my work do my talking for me. I’ve attempted to exceed expectations and, as much as I can, be one step ahead of what they have requested.

  167. Erios March 2, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Ask your supervisor which cumbersome tasks you can take over doing for him/her, and then apply yourself in changing them around in way that allows you to do them quicker and more efficiently. I find that goes a long way in making a good lasting impression.

  168. Kadye March 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Besides researching the company and knowing something about them before going in to an interview (and coming with at least two questions to ask) I use nonverbal communication: Good posture, eye contact, and smiling.

  169. Lindsay W March 2, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Having a positive attitude and willing to take on new projects. Projecting a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism or in the case of nervousness, and maintaining an upbeat manner and a smile translates to confidence and a good work ethic.

  170. Jessica, The Debt Princess March 2, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    first off, I apologize to the dell gods for what I may or may not have said in the past. And I love you random.org, I use you all the time!!!

    As for making a great first impression, I dress appropriately, speak like the educated person that I am and be knowledgeable in the company!

  171. Andrea Pokorny March 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Dude, I need a Dell!

    My hard-drive just fried last week!

    How do I keep truckin’? I manage. I do what I need to in order to get my work done… I don’t make excuses. I roll with the punches and do the best with what I’ve got. And that is how I make a lasting first impression… I take the situation (or work at hand) and I do my best with the situation… which makes for the quality of life (not the situation but how you handle it).

  172. Kelsey March 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    To make a good first impression, I be sure to hold eye contact and to smile. When people are first meeting me I try to be positive and helpful.

  173. Maggie March 2, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    First impressions at my job are all about attitude. Fast, Fun, and Friendly. I often have to fake it. :)

  174. Greer Carlson March 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Be a team player. People who are out for themselves and can’t work well with others don’t make lasting impressions. People who are considerate of others and do whats best for the group, will stick around!!!

  175. Sue March 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    There are several things that help make a lasting impression (in no particular order):

    1. Dressing suitably and well – because that gives people the perception that you are as put together as your outfit is
    2. Being nice, remembering names, building good working relationships, being a team player – these will help you navigate the red tape and makes people want to help you even if they wouldn’t normally do so for other reasons (like no bandwidth, etc).
    3. Delivering quality work. There is absolutely no substitute for good work. The good work speaks for itself, and will impress the managers as well as your peers.

  176. Kim March 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    I’m on the market for a new laptop! I think this is it!!! Thanks for sharing.

    I have a small business. I’ve made a lasting impression by dressing professionally for any meetings. I also have professional business cards that I provide during my initial introduction to potential clients. I am quick to send a follow-up after the initial contact.

  177. Susan Hauser March 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    As a freelance writer, I make my winning first impression with a fantastic article proposal. I follow that with a well-researched, well-reported, well-written, error-free article that I submit on time, complete with a list of sources and contact info for the fact checkers.

  178. Jany March 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Be yourself, respect others and don’t bring lunches that might be offensive to others! LOL

  179. Amber, Blonde and Balanced March 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Do not act rushed! It drives me crazy when I feel like people are rushing to get to the next customer. When you’re working with someone, focus on them, not the person after them. :)

    Awesome giveaway!

  180. Chrysilla March 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    My small biz is selling jewelry at sci fi cons. To make a good first impression when you get to the dealer’s room is key to peace and camaraderie with the other vendors for the whole event, as well as getting yourself psyched up before the customers show up :-) And I just like to say hi, chat, be friendly, offer them brownies if I have some for me and my booth assistants. And keep up the friendliness as the con goes on (so long as we’re not swamped with customers).

    With customers, sci fi cons make it easy to be friendly “Oh wow, I like your costume/clevertshirt!” And taking pictures of people’s costumes is really easy when they come to you ;-)

    It would actually be really nice to have a little laptop to take to events, tho. I can stop printing out tons of inventory lists, and people can use PayPal at the event if they don’t have cash on them.

  181. Jennifer Lissette March 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Show up prepared. Dressed appropriately for the particular office’s environment and with anything you might need to learn the job and get it done. In my experience, both employers and coworkers are happier if you can hit the ground running and they don’t have to waste time picking up the slack of the new guy.

  182. Jeremy Walter March 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    A lasting first impression …

    Identify and then solve a problem that the boss/client didn’t even know they had.

  183. Lauryn March 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    I make a lasting impression by never compromising on quality and getting the job done. If I don’t know something, I work my hardest to learn. If I find that I cannot learn as fast, or I need some assistance, I reach out to consultants and experts (I’m currently reaching out to Darren Slaughter) and I’m busting my tail to be honest about the lack of knowledge and the steps I’m taking to do so.

    As an individual, or as a business, your bottom line reputation is all you have when the stacks are against you. If you cut corners, it will show and your customers will express this when they’re frustrated with your work

  184. Christine Hansen March 2, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I create lampwork beads and one of a kind mixed media jewelry, and I hyper-focus on quality – both in my work, and how I approach my business. The plan is to delight my customers with exemplary service and incredible art jewelry, so that my customers will return, and perhaps tell their friends where they found that incredible art charm bracelet.

  185. Drew March 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I made my first impression by coming in on day one, completing the tasks set before me, and then asking the question “what else can I do” when everyone else was asking “when do I get to leave”. From then on, they’ve seen my can-do attitude, and now when it comes to business trips to the coast and other perks, they’re looking to me over the rest!

  186. Katie March 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I think I make a good first impression by always clarifying up front what needs to be done on a project so there are no surprises down the road.

  187. Joo March 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    The things I bring/wear/have seem to make an impression on others naturally. For example, my macbook has a sticker on the front. It’s a picture of the cover of Shell Silverstein’s book, “The Giving Tree.” I also have a dying rubber ducky ringtone. Finally, the mustache mug I carry around often gets a lot of comments from other people. These are idiosyncrasies of things that describe my particularities (and are totally inappropriate were I to work a job in IBanking). People notice and comment.

  188. Evan March 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    “How do you make a lasting first impression at work? Or with your small biz?”

    – Always be timely! Whether it is that first interview, or whether it is calling someone back for your small biz, show them that their time is just as important as yours.

  189. Andrea March 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    I think a lasting first impression is about being flexible enough to learn. Keep your ears open to those around you, especially anyone training you. They’ve can be a wealth of knowledge. Once you learn the ropes, definately feel free to improve on it, if necessary. I think a person will go far with a team player attitude.

  190. Tara M March 2, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    I make a lasting impression at work by being kind, conscious of taking a request a step beyond what’s expected and being impeccable with my words about co-workers, the boss and the project I’m working on.

  191. Anthony March 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    First impressions? Be overly cocky! No one will ever forget you after Day One!

  192. Jan March 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    As a software developer, a good lasting first impression would be knowledge of the system. To know why the system works the way it does and to know how it does what it does. There are tons of way to learn this – documentation, poring over code, asking others.

  193. Andre March 2, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Be confident and capable

  194. One Frugal Girl March 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Be friendly. I don’t mean act fake or insincere, but you would be amazed at how far a smile and a positive attitude can go. Negativity won’t get you anywhere.

  195. Lisa March 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I always make it my number one commitment to provide my customers with consistent results.

  196. mila March 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    woohoo — allright then: I usually make a (hopefully) lasting impression when starting work by start with full speed ahead. Get to know the work environment fast and the be easily adaptable

  197. Jen March 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Killer giveaway, J! :)

    I work in a professional courtroom setting where decorum is, obviously, first priority. The way I have always made a lasting impression with clients, attorneys, and Judges is a nice big SMILE. :) I think it’s crucial to everyone’s appearance…like a must-have accessory!

  198. April March 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I am knowledgeable on a WIDE variety of subjects…people seem to remember that aspect most about me.

  199. Wayne March 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    To make a impression, you need attitude. Project a positive attitude to others will leave a good impression and having a “gung ho” attitude to say you can add value to the work and to your job.

  200. Kandace March 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Professionalism, transparency, and the desire to do the right thing always. At least, that’s what I did when I worked. Now I’m at home with a toddler, so it’s entertaining, feeding, and cuddling.

  201. Philip March 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Walk in with a mohawk of course! But I guess that would be if I were you! Guess I will have to say I would just do my best to make sure to remember and call them by their names etc.

  202. John March 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Always close the loop and respond to emails, voice mails within 24 hrs. Even if the task takes longer; at least let people know that you are working on it.

  203. Jonathan March 2, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    To make a great first impression at work takes style and hard work. This shiny Dell Laptop would certainly help with the first part. The second part takes years of hard work and perseverance.

  204. Abella March 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I opened my own bookkeeping business this year, and the most successful thing I’ve done is to connect with clients, both current and potential, where they are. They’re not interested in how flashy my services are or what awesome thing I can do for them or what my vision for their future is, but they do want to feel heard and understood. They aren’t all going to do things my way, but they will happily pay to be educated if I can prove I’m on their side!

  205. Stephen W March 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    How do i make a lasting first impression at work?

    You gotta bust your hump, take the inititive and find things that you can improve around at work, take every project serious and get things done better than the last guy did. Also making employee of the month your first year which helps a ton. (when other people have been there for 10 years and never got it) lol .

    Great laptop! glad i could contribute

  206. Josh March 2, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    To make a lasting impression, start with a firm handshake and clear voice. Then ask good questions and work your butt off so they can see the value you bring.

  207. Jim Bradley - Husky Hiker March 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    After learning what has to be done become a self starter… Waiting around for someone to tell you what need to be done looks bad, avoid it!

  208. Jenna March 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Nice laptop! I tried to learn everyone’s name the first day I was at work. And memorize where the bathroom was so I didn’t get lost trying to find it (it’s really hidden at my new work location!)

  209. SF March 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    You can commit any number of gaffes and make a lasting negative first impression, but I’m guessing that’s not what you’re after here! To make a positive first impression, I try to lead with a firm handshake, friendly smile, and memorable introduction — whatever fits the situation.

  210. Ted March 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Work hard. Beat deadlines. And smile.

    This is a great combination that has always worked for me. I think that the combinatino of cheerful disposition and a strong work ethic never fails to impress.

  211. Reamonn March 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    I’m actually starting a new job in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I can take this advice to heart.

    1) Be a little early.
    2) Smile
    3) Make eye contact and remember peoples’ names
    4) Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
    5) There is no such thing as work that is “beneath you”.

  212. Grace L. March 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    A great first impression has always been a strength of mine. It’s the “lasting” part that I have problems with.

    At times I can be flighty. While I have the BEST intentions (hence the good first impression) I almost always let others down. For me to combat this, I’ve been trying to focus on one thing at a time. Kind of hard when my job description is so vague.

  213. Yana March 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Wow, what a great giveaway!

    I make a lasting first impression at work by smiling and shaking hands firmly, without breaking bones ;) In addition, I am neat, calm, efficient and early. Nobody ever wonders if I will flake, as I am very reliable.

  214. Eric March 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    First impressions are all are about appearance. My father always said to me…”You dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” I’ve always kept that in the back of my mind.

  215. Emily March 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Often my first contacts with my clients are verbal. I answer the phone all day. When I smile, you can hear it in my voice. I think I get more comments about my “phone voice” (but not that kind!) than any compliments on my shoes. Cheerfulness (even if you’re faking it) is always free and ALWAYS makes a difference with your customers.

  216. Karee March 2, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Having a good attitude at work, being willing to help, and getting things done faster than expected!

    That is one beautiful laptop I must say, I could really use one! Love your website, thanks for all the great tips!

  217. Kevin March 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Always make sure that my Performance Exceeds a client’s expectations.

  218. cg March 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    For me, making a good first impression is all about really listening to the needs of the organization and asking good questions. After this, you can start offering suggestions for improvement that fit within the organization (and maybe push it, but don’t get cocky). I’m sure there are faster ways to alienate your new colleagues/customers but coming in and saying after 5 minutes “omg, you’re doing everything wrong and have to change now” when you don’t know WHY things are done that way (could be politics, could be legal, whatever, FIND OUT) is going to make everyone remember you as that know-it-all-who-doesn’t-have-a-clue.

    That’s one sweet laptop! I just got a new Dell myself, and now my BF is pining for a new one too, so this would be a great surprise present!

  219. cshrub March 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Lasting impressions are first impressions. And unfortunately, performance does not always translate through on first impressions. It is all about the presentation. A good appearance and clear delivery of the message. Let me tell you as a professional that does a lot of hiring, I still refer to one of our hires as “purple lipstick” she has worked for us for over a year!
    First impressions are definately lasting, better make them the best.

  220. Stacy March 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Not currently working but I think it’s important to ask questions about the other person and do a lot of listening. Also, good eye contact, smiling, and remembering names is good. :) Thanks JMoney!!!

  221. Kelly March 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    I can see why that would turn heads in the airport, very cool!

    I am going to echo what others have said about being a good listener at first… no one likes someone who talks too much :)

  222. Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope March 2, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I’m an ICU nurse, so I make a lasting impression at work by continually being a patient advocate and doing all I can for my patient and families….I know this is a financial blog, but my job has nothing to do with that area;)

  223. Claudia March 2, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    I make a lasting impression by continually modeling the mission of the company I work and strive to work more toward my company mission everyday.

  224. Chris P March 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I make myself indispensable. I have set up records retention and management systems on our shared drives, eliminating paper and allowing greater search ability; I volunteer for the committees and assignments that others avoid; I write policies and procedures and allow other bureaus within the department to utilize me as a consultant. This results in positive feedback, enhanced customer service, name recognition and identification of me as a go-to resource.

  225. Jena March 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Good handshake, Be prompt, cheerful but not cheerleader, make conversation personal but professional. People want to work with others that they like!

  226. Roger H March 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    In trying to make a lasting impression when I first meet someone in business, I try to do these 5 things:
    1. Smile
    2. Make eye contact
    3. Listen
    4. Commit their name to memory
    5. Provide feedback ( What I hear you saying is …. ..)
    Keeping that positive first impression then becomes a matter of doing what you say you are going to do. That alone will set you apart from 80% of the competition.

  227. wldflr March 2, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    As a small business owner, I try to go that extra mile to show that I am a good person to do business with. Do something unexpected…For example, I have a new client and she recently had her 50th birthday, I sent her a birthday card and a small gift. It was well received and hopefully she will send lots of business my way!

  228. Jessi W. March 2, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway!

    I try to make a good first impression (and a lasting impression) by being efficient and useful. I just started a new job a few months ago and I quickly ramped up my knowledge of and experience with the system. Right away I saw things I thought could be improved so after asking for my manager’s approval I got right in there and gathered data to create useful reports and started writing up some requirements for enhancements to the system (with the help of our business partners of course!)

  229. Brian March 2, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    With a new manager, take the risk on something new that they support. For the new co-worker, help them over those first hurdles by introducing them to the stakeholders of the different projects and departments. For the new employee, share your expertise on topics or technologies that you know they might not have (when asked by the new employee of course).

    I was just looking at this Vostro today (after seeing an ad in the back of Inc.), and man is it sweet! I really want a thin laptop like the Macbook Air, but not up for paying $1k for a laptop. The Vostro, just $429 at Dell for the silver model (maybe $40 more for the red). Seems like an awesome deal, but even better for free!

  230. Mike March 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Be a good listener and try to become part of the team.

  231. c March 2, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    be professional and courteous.

  232. Valerie March 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    When I’m at work I always try to follow Ray Kroc’s (actually, my grandfather’s) mantra, “if you have time to lean, then you have time to clean!” Granted, I work at a CPA firm, but I always ask for more work once I finish mine. If my supervisor doesn’t have work for me, I go to the next one! If nobody has work, I pass time organizing common areas of the office, or practicing with software on my computer. Always be productive!

  233. Maria March 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    I try to work hard and go above and beyond at work, especially at the beginning, to make a good impression. Thanks for the giveaway!

  234. DD March 2, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    How do I make an impression? By being fabulous of course. But seriously, I welcome all the new coworkers with a card and office decoration. I also make sure I do my job above and beyond any reasonable expectation. Cmon lady luck!!!!!

  235. James March 2, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Bring everyone breakfast on your first day. Sounds shallow but it’s something noone will forget. Just be sure to back up the ass kissing with a lot of hard work.

  236. Kim March 2, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    i generally don’t work with the public, so most of my “customer service” is internal. i do constantly strive to be proactive, professional and respectful.

    having a positive attitude no matter what is hard but very important!

  237. Elle March 2, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Since I started working one of the first things I do is find an important, but unglamorous project that has lagged and work on that in addition to my duties. I want to show that I’m a part of the team and I want the company to succeed. It’s lead to getting mentors who appreciate the effort.

  238. Sarah R. March 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    How do you make a lasting first impression at work?

    For the first 2-5 minutes be happy, friendly, and assertive. And be sure to look people in the eye as you speak with them. Then, and from that point on, get down to business and work, work, work.

  239. Financial Samurai March 2, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Nice one! The way I make an impact is always being either the first to arrive or last to leave.

    Thnx, Sam

  240. LeeAnn March 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    sweet laptop!

    From the get-go, show a positive attitude – be enthusiastic, and put forward an “I can do that” persona – you don’t need to know everything – you just need to be able to figure it out and get it done.

  241. Jeremy T. March 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Always remain positive, give everything you can, and stay true to your moral compass.

  242. John March 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    I come in with a firm handshake, lots of eye contact, plenty of questions, and make sure to remember everybody’s name.

  243. Angie March 2, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I’m a stay at home mom, so I don’t have to make a first impression at my “job” very often. I do however have two rentals. When I’m interviewing possible tenants, I find a firm handshake, big smile and remembering people’s names go a long way towards making them feel comfortable.

  244. Daniel March 2, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    By taking initiative and assuming responsibilities.

  245. Rebekah March 2, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Smile, sincerely listen to what others have to say, go above and beyond whenever possible.

  246. mbhunter March 2, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Make a lasting first impression by being honest. That way people don’t ever need to ask.

  247. Miss Delish March 2, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    A lasting impression for me has a few factors:
    Look great! (I sell cosmetics, afterall)
    Be personable.
    Confidence (in myself, as well as instilling it in customers).
    Make my client feel beautiful, and make sure they know they are.

  248. Dan March 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    In my line of work, the following seems to work well: Make eye contact, practice “active” listening (asking just enough questions to have a firm grasp of the issues), only speak when well within my area of expertise, and not hang out long enough to wear out my welcome.

  249. Jason L March 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Wow, great giveaway. Makes me have faith again in Dell :)

    My advice for making a great first work impression: Volunteer to take on the challenging tasks, and work your butt off to overdeliver on time.

  250. Josh L March 2, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many comments. This is crazy!

    The way I make a lasting first impression at work is by relating to each person I talk to in a certain way. For example, we had a new employee in my sales region last week and I heard she’d come from New Jersey. When I introduced myself I mentioned the time my car broke down there. She said she wasn’t good with names, but she hasn’t forgotten mine!

  251. Lena March 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    I would show a strong interest and definitely ask questions to coincide with it all… though this may not be the way you actually feel but will make a first impression last.

  252. Sarah March 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I dress well, smile a lot, get my ish done and get it done faster and/or better than everybody else. :)

  253. Mike | Mike For Short March 3, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    I think being personable is almost more important than being professional. Yes your FIRST impression is how you dress and act, but connecting with a joke or story has a much bigger impact in the long run.

  254. Jenn March 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    A smile, a firm handshake, and learning quickly.

  255. Uncle El March 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    The one true way to make a lasting first impression is to look presentable no matter the situation, IF your first job is for a company in corporate america then wear a suit and if its chopping down trees then dress like a lumberjack. So basically look the part, be the part, and be etremely focused for a lasting first impression.

  256. Stefanie March 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Show up early, look presentable, be willing to take correction and to ask for clarification if needed.

  257. Laura March 3, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    When I know I am going to be meeting someone, I always try to do some research beforehand, that way I can tailor what I say to fit that individual or that organization.

    If I meet someone without having any prep time, I simply do my best to be polite and helpful.

    Either way I always make sure to focus on what I can do for them.

  258. Steve March 3, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    I’m not sure I’d really even miss a disc drive as this point, as I barely use mine anymore!

    The best way to make a great first impression is to be presentable (dress nicely, be well groomed and all that), be attentive, and start working hard right out of the gate!

  259. Dani @ OK Dani March 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Oooooohhh I’d love to win this! Thanks for the offer J Money!
    I make a great impression at work by being proactive and assisting everyone in the office before they ask. Also, by always being smiley and upbeat. It helps!


  260. Corie March 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    As part of my job I do event planning so when I’m meeting a client for the first time I make sure that I know a little bit of information about them and what they’re looking for. I then make sure I have done my research and come to the meeting prepared with a lot of great ideas for their event. I also make sure to come prepared with a sample schedule and menu.

    Great giveaway : )

  261. Teri March 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    As a nurse I have to make a lasting impression every day, I always smile, introduce myself and show that I honestly care about all my patients whether I’m busy, when Isn’t a nurse busy, or not..

  262. sawhs March 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    i’m reliable. my bosses now know what to expect from me when i’m given a task. for any given project, i try to be as upfront as possible about any concerns i may have so we can troubleshoot from the start.

  263. Darren March 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I create lasting first impressions through professional appearance, treating people with respect and showing an interest who they are as a person. Eye contact, I square my shoulders to them offering my full attention, firm handshake, call them by their name repeatedly to help me remember it, ask questions about them to get them to talk about themselves. Then follow up with a quick note, call, email, etc. It’s surprising how effective this is from the receptionist all the way up to the CEO, and I’ve used it with all.

  264. Jen March 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Work hard, smile, and dress to impress. Does for me in my office ;)

  265. Tiffany Thompson March 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I’ll tell you how – it’s a little something I call “residue marketing.” You have to make sure that your first impression (your attitude, charisma, even style – you should have one signature piece that you’re known for) and your first idea is one that won’t simply “stick” in the minds of your employer/customers – you want to leave something behind that they just can’t forget. An indelible mark. A stain. Then, your customers have to have your product–now. Your employer needs you on his work team—now. They have to walk away thinking: Damn! How did I ever live without them? You have to market yourself like you would a product, from the minute you walk through the door and open your mouth.

  266. Carrie De March 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    I saw this from at least Nate, Allison and Carson… SMILE. Very simple. After having first meetings that started both with a smile and some without, it’s clear that a smile provides part of the foundation you need in order to add that person to your network/client list/good side.

    Also, not necessarily a “first” impression, but perhaps part of the first impression event – don’t leave before you leave. I started to notice that I was turning a bit before saying “thanks”, “goodbye” or “I’ll get that right to you”, and had to make a conscientious choice to stay put, say my parting words, then head out the door and get back to work. It plays like you’re really into the conversation you just had, and helps you to remember the tasks at hand.

  267. Brandi March 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    for me, its trying to blow them away with my first deliverable, making sure that its timely and superb. Since most of my deliverables are written documents, I find its good to get a sample of a document they have written or approved. That way its easier for me to mimic their writing style. People always like those that remind them of themselves.

  268. R.Mendez March 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Nice Dell. Looks like Alienware might be helping Dell out with designing their computers to look better.

  269. Maria March 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    First Impressions? Definitely #1 Smile – I have people comment on my smile all the time.
    Also ask questions to show your are listening and are interested; people like to know they are being heard and understood.
    It might be obvious but make sure you are clean and tidy. No matter what the job is! By taking pride in your appearance it implies you take pride in other areas including your job.

  270. Bonnie March 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Produce from day 1. No excuses, just get stuff DONE. Also, be polite and friendly without spending too much time socializing. Don’t gossip! Finally, wait until you’ve been on the job for a little while before making lots of suggestions on how to change things. Timing is different for every situation, but there’s nothing more annoying than having the new guy trying to change stuff he doesn’t understand.

  271. DanB March 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Show that you are attentive, make sure that everyone knows that if you do not know the answer, that you are willing to research or ask mentors within the company to find out. Look for ways to save the company money, this always makes it look like you are worth your salary!

  272. Kate March 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Best way to a strong first impression – do your best on your first assignment, due it on or ahead of schedule, and do it with a smile!

  273. Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I do research on the company and make sure to have their brand’s voice in mind when I talk about my impressions of the company and the impact it has had in its respective area(s).

    If I’m applying for a job, I will always follow up the formal application/resume/cover letter with a personal email expressing my enthusiasm and willingness to be a part of that team (somehow without being too desperate sounding!).

  274. retirebyforty March 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    WOW, this must be the best giveaway ever!

    How do you make a lasting first impression at work? Or with your small biz?
    You gotta look GOOOD!!! Hah hahhaa, just kidding, but it doesn’t hurt right. I try to be honest and genuine and make sure I am interested in the topic at hand.

  275. Alex March 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    At work I try and maintain proper posture and good eye contact whenever interacting with coworker and new clients.

  276. Christine March 3, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Work hard and listen well. Be willing to do a lot even if its not the most interesting work in the world. I bust my butt especially when I am new at a company and then I also try to make sure I introduce myself to people and have at least a nice personal conversation. People definitely remember you better after they have shared something with you.

  277. Karen R March 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    As a biz owner, confidence is everything. Appearance counts too so I always try to make sure I’m well-dressed before leaving for business meetings and events. Next comes listening, asking questions, finding common ground, and showing compassion. Building rapport with a client or colleague goes a long way in making a good first impression.

  278. beth March 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    I make a lasting first impression by just being myself. It sounds silly, but personally when I allow myself to get all worked up and nervous I develop a very fake laughter. That’s not going to impress anyone! So I just try my darndest to be as genuine as I can be.

  279. G. Bickham March 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I feel that when you work hard to help make your clients successful that goes a long way with maintaining a good relationship with them for the future and it also helps pave the way for new clients.

  280. Nick March 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    I always tell a new employer in the interview that I scooped horse shit for 4 years durring high school (worked on a horse farm after school every day) and this couldn’t be any worse than that. It’s funny, leaves an impression, and let’s them know that I am used to getting down and dirty for an employer. It has actually got me hired twice.

  281. Carmie of the Single Nester March 3, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    To make a lasting impression at work I try to be kind to everyone. Even meanies. You never want to burn bridges.

  282. jaylin March 3, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Remember names and listen to instructions, problems, in meetings, etc. before opening my big mouth!

  283. Courtney March 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Give ’em more than than they asked for, follow up, and APPEAR calm – I get easily flustered and talk too fast when I’m nervous.

  284. Sarah March 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    The best impression you can make at any job is to do damn fine work and be honest. Coworkers that make excuses only add to my work load, own up to things and follow through and everyone will love you for it. The same applies to interactions with a customer.

  285. Adam March 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Focus on the people things — smile, build rapport, get to know everyone. Making sure they are receptive to our hard work is a good first step.

  286. Zack March 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    My trick is to always get a business card from someone I meet and write notes on the back of it. I always put the date I met the person, some context of why I met them, and anything else that seems useful about the person. It helps to remember people and everyone likes to be remembered.

  287. Melissa March 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    For me it is all about the work that I do. I come in early, work hard, and stay late when necessary. I think that first impressions are important but it’s just as much about the work you do as your people skills.

  288. Daniela March 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    First impressions for me are about dressing well, smiling and saying thank you to everyone, asking how I can help, and not gossiping!

  289. cat March 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Working hard. And not just laboring all day, but striving to find ways to be efficient, and get work done in a way that really helps the company, perhaps by giving them some new opportunities for them to better their business!

  290. jane March 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    I’m getting my own small business up and running, and I think the best thing I can do to make a good first impression is be honest all the time. We run a summer abroad program for teens, which means it’s paramount that parents trust us over anything else.

  291. Alex March 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Making a good first impression is all about being informed ahead of time – being able to answer questions with real answers.

  292. Addam Stine March 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    I have a small business and the best way i’ve found to always make a great first impression…drum roll please… Is to treat everyone you meet like it’s there last day on earth. Like they are going to die tomorrow and you are one of the last people they will see. Be that accommodating, show that much empathy and compassion and you’ll win.

    “60% of the time, it works every time”
    Sex Panther

  293. Jessica March 3, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    being honest and professional at all times! And a nice smile doesnt hurt!

  294. Chung March 3, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Just smile. This will be your best impression.

  295. Cesar Ferrigno March 3, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Here’s how to make a good first impression. The major one is SMILE. Nothing is more inviting/friendly than having a smile on your face. Dress professionally. Dress professional and people will treat you professionaly. Finally, complete your work accurately and ahead of schedule. Do all this and people will say good things about you which is way more effective if than talking yourself up.

  296. Kelli March 4, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    How I make a good first impression on the job: be punctual, be friendly, be open to learning new things as well as open to sharing your knowledge, and try your best at everything you do there. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how to succeed in life in general as well as work.

  297. Elizabeth March 4, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    I work as a consultant so I’m constantly stomping into other people’s businesses and telling them how to change things, fire people, etc. So basically everyone hates me. So I go out of my way to be extra professional and friendly and smile a lot. Simple as that.

  298. Marina March 4, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I make a good first impression by being a good listener, thoughtful, and reflective.

  299. Heather March 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    I make a lasting impression at work because I am fashion conscious. I work in an office which supports a College of Agriculture, around which fancy is not on the menu.

  300. Wendy March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    by paying attention to detail! It’s the little things that matter. Don’t let the details slip. Little things add up to big things!

  301. Mike March 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I try to make a lasting 1st impression at work buy running my little part of the company like its my own personal business.

  302. phanzy March 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    big genuine smile and a firm handshake…. boom!

  303. leslie March 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    You didn’t know laptops came without cd-rom drives? You haven’t heard of the Air?

    As far as the question, I make a lasting impression by bringing in homemade baked goods for all. Sure, I work hard and all that but people have a tendency to remember good food more than projects.

  304. Melissa Morrison March 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Wow! Awesome giveaway! I try to make a lasting impression at work by always working hard, planning ahead, and devlote considerable time to making relationships with everyone in the office. I think the latter is the most important thing you can do!

  305. Vanessa Sealey March 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    First and foremost, I think its so important to just be really friendly! Does that too simple? But really, if you’re friendly I think people will respond much better to you if you do have problems in your first few days at a new job. I also think its important to give off the impression that you want to learn as much as you possibly can about all aspects of the job/company.

  306. Jen March 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Finding a niche that no one else can fill makes you a valuable commodity. Also being honest, not playing games, and owning up to mistakes.

  307. Melissa March 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Display confidence, enthusiam and desire.Show your boss that you want to be at work.

    But most importantly, especially for new and young employees, network within your company. Make sure that everyone knows who you are. The work will flow in and then, of course, you must do an AMAZING job.

    Thanks J. Money!

  308. Bridgette Dennis March 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    By showing up for work everyday with a smile on my face and a fierce attitude to get the job done no matter how hetic the situation!

  309. HedgeHoncho March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Wow! Alot of posts so far.

    Ok so you need to get a feel of your company to decide what action is necessary to make a lasting first impression.

    If it is a social company, then you can run an event. Something like a HH, Birthday of the Month club, fantasy sports callenge, etc. This is a great way to network without actually doing much work.

    If your company is a down to business all the time strict company, then you should reach out to others letting them know that you are always available to help out on small tasks when they are on overload.

    They normal, lunch impression never fails as well.

  310. Kevin March 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    I under promise and over deliver

  311. Msimonkey March 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    I make a lasting impression but not complaining about my job functions. I happily wear 16 different hats and do what it takes without bitching. I also treat my job like its my business and find ways to be more efficient and cost conscious using technology and just down right picking up the phone and negotiating. I come up with solutions instead of dwelling on the problems.

  312. Justin Hollender March 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    People used to think I was that “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” guy.

    I think communication is the key to making a good impression. If something won’t be done on ti,e, make sure to let others know as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the last minute to give updates on projects. Making sure that everyone is on the same page builds trust and confidence.

  313. Amber March 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    With my husband and my small business, we work to make a positive impression through education. We’re extremely committed to websites that are 508 compliant – and many people don’t understand the value of a handicapped accessible website. Besides opening you up to a whole new market that will be less frustrated by surfing your site, it’s easier for Google to index! We spend time explaining this to our clients, and they’ve appreciated the individual attention.

  314. Jessica March 4, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I think the key to making a good first impression is to not worry about first impressions. Well, with one exception: your appearance. I say this because I think it is so much more important to concern yourself with listening, learning, and thinking of others, which takes the focus off of yourself. Too often we ask, “Am I making a good impression?” When we should be concerned about “What does the company/client/co-worker need/want?” Listening and remembering details goes a long way, and then when you can provide a need that wasn’t being met before, you make yourself invaluable. Placing the focus on others also helps others view you as friendly, too. The only thing left to worry about then, is how you are dressed. Now get out there, and solve the world’s problems. :)

  315. Liz March 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    A lasting first impression at work is as simple as showing up with a good attitude, a bright smile and a willingness to work hard and go above and beyond. And most importantly, keeping those same qualities past the first week!

  316. Dana G March 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    I made a good first impression at my current job by trying to learn everyone’s names immediately – it paid off!

  317. Kevin I March 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    A lasting impression at work? Go the extra mile and exhibit a great deal of flexibility and grace early on. Also where some sort of funny hat, that kind of stuff makes you memorable.

  318. Pete March 4, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I always try to make a lasting impression at work AND via my small business by going above and beyond what’s required of me – and going the extra mile. If they want a project done by Friday I try to get it done by Thursday. If a client pays for one service, I’ll throw in an extra one for free. It sometimes means a little bit extra work, but in the long run it gets you noticed, and makes a lasting impression!

    Would love to win the laptop for this fall’s financial blogger conference!

  319. Megan March 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I think it’s important to be an active + thoughtful listener to make a good impression. Asking questions can be important, too, but you can often find out a lot more by just listening.

  320. Kevin Vesga March 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Come early, leave late, do more than you’re expected to, and do it well.

  321. kay March 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I make a “lasting first impression” at work by always smiling, introducing myself and shaking hands…

  322. gina March 4, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    I’m in the healthcare profession and I think it is so important to be professional, personable, and on time!

  323. Charlie March 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Attitude, work ethic, punctuality, memorizing names, excellent listening skills, etc. are awesome and critical to your success. Unfortunately, there are many, many good people out there there who can bring it just as well as anyone else these days, so they will sparkle in your boss’ eyes just as much as you do in that regard.

    To me, the best first impression can be made by seeing and doing whatever you can with your unique skill set to make the people around you shine, or at least making their lives and/or jobs easier without boldly taking credit for it. Make it a lasting impression by continuing to do so. Good bosses and co-workers will notice, and those who don’t aren’t the ones you want to working with anyway.

  324. Mistress Susan March 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    I make a lasting impression by being very refined. Savionaire is all about refinement. Therefore, when people interact with me regarding my small business, they always say how much they remember me because I embody the brand of refinement.

  325. Ryan March 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Nice looking laptop. I have an older Dell Vostro which has been a trusty companion for over 2 years now. Great quality machine.

    As for making a lasting first impression – you need a combination of looking and acting the part. This doesn’t mean looking like you stepped out of a GQ magazine, but it means presenting yourself professionally. As for acting the part – that means showing up on time and prepared, listening more than you talk, and providing value.

  326. Johnny March 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    How do you make a lasting first impression at work? Or with your small biz?

    One word i guess could really sum it up. TIME. I’m self-employed and as some of you might now, time is something we have to adjust to and always work with. Being on time for work is tough when there’s nobody to hold you accountable. That’s why I believe there should be a schedule that you follow to keep you focused. My friends always wonder why I wake up at the same time, wash up, change into clothes when the only person I will see is probably the postman. haha.

    Another way to make a lasting impression at work is to be not only on time to work haha…but to always finish your tasks on time no matter how trivial it is. Even if that means answering the 105th same question you’ve been asked for about work or just making sure you finish your projects on time for yourself or customers…being on time I believe makes the biggest impressions about yourself, your business to other people.


  327. Bobbi March 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Lasting first impressions at work would be to listen and really hear what people are saying. and EXCELLENT customer service (and smiling). :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  328. Dad of DIvas March 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I would have to say that a lasting first impression is critical and then maintaining your relationship is also important as you move forward!

  329. csdx March 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Make a lasting first impression, easy, be late to the meeting. Oh maybe you meant a good first impression. Well probably dressing well is the first step, after that it’s personality, whether you have a very professional manner, or are able to make quick friends and swap a few (work safe) jokes. The best approach really relies on what the other guy is expecting of you.

  330. Helen March 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    This is awesome!

    I think being friendly is the best way to make a good first impression that is also lasting.

  331. Drockafeller March 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    To make an impression requires an empoyee to take a chance. Go out on a limb and speak your mind, but be sure to do so in a respectful way. Provide management with a new unique idea or discover inefficiencies that will help your business succeed.

    Also, although it’s a little cliche, do dress for the job you want, not the one your in. If your just starting in the work place and could get by wearing mediocre clothing, DONT DO IT! Whether people realize it or not, they are judging your superficially all the time. A little extra time spent in he morning will go a long way!

  332. Debra March 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I make a lasting impression at work by being consistent. I arrive ahead of my shift and stay late as needed, make sure my lunches and breaks don’t go long, work hard my entire shift, and go above and beyond my job duties and customer expectations.

  333. Lindi March 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I think the best way to make a lasting first impression as a small business owner is to use/wear/etc. the product you sell if at all possible, and to always have materials on hand (business cards, brochures, postcards) for when someone asks you about them.

  334. krystle March 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Listen, go the extra mile and ask the right questions.

  335. CrystalGB March 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Wow, that is an awesome laptop. For me, making a lasting impression at work involves being reliable, being a team player, meeting deadlines and having a positive go getter attitude.
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.

  336. oona b March 4, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I strive to always think of what I can do, instead of focusing on what I can’t. Meeting the client where they are coming from and helping connect them to the information they are seeking, in a way that works for them.
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

  337. Tina March 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    I think a first impression should be universal – in other words, it should be the same whether at work, your own business, meeting your future in-laws for the first time (yikes), or meeting your child’s teacher. First and foremost you should be yourself! For me that would be to smile, look the other person in the eye, SHAKE their hand (a must in most countries but not always in the US and that is a shame – always just so awkward to stand there and just say hello…) Just remember to be INTERESTED in the other person. Listen much more than you speak!

  338. sarah r March 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Gosh, a lasting first impression at work? By being myself — engaged, quick-thinking, problem-solving, etc. For my business, it’s by doing all the basics well, like photo business cards (I have a jewelry business), a website, and promoting in the right places. A new laptop would sure help me make a more powerful website! :)

  339. Dee March 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I think dressing professionally, being respectful of co-workers and always coming on time and prepared with relevant ideas and constructive critiques about the company’s website or press materials almost always leads to an awesome great impression at work! :)

  340. Elizabeth W March 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I always make sure I am upbeat, kind and just be myself. That is the way you should be to everyone in my opinion.

  341. Barry March 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    The laptop looks fantastic!

    To make a great first impression at work: be on time, proactive, and confident (but not arrogant)!

  342. Ernest S. March 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Agree with most of the statements above. I’ve always felt that having the right attitude (i.e., willing to take on tasks, being open to work outside your expertise, approaching everything with a beginner’s mind) makes a great first impression. There is nothing worse than someone who starts a job with arrogance or an approach that is not open-minded or fresh.

  343. savvy March 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Dressing professionally, having a strong/firm handshake and making eye contact are ways to make a good first impression. After that, do what you say you’ll do. That’s invaluable.

  344. jennydecki March 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I make a great first impression by smiling :) You can’t improve your first impression any more effectively than making the person you’re talking to feel like you’re happy to be there, with them.

  345. Mark March 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Show up on time, with good hygiene, appropriate dress and good attitude.

  346. PJ March 4, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I work for a small computer repair company. Almost all of our business is by word of mouth. So good first impressions are required for us to stay open.

    People that I deal with are tired of getting the run around. They want good, honest people to listen to what their issue is, and KNOW that someone is capable of fixing it. They do not want to be talked down to, just because they think their ‘Screen Saver’ is their desktop background, or because they cannot seem to call a ‘UBS’ by its proper name. As long as I can explain to them in layman’s terms what the issue revolves around, and assure them that their computer does not need to be tossed in the lake (unless it is one of those Win98 machines that really does), then they are happy.

    My boss calls it “The old school way of doing business”. I think he is right to a point. People want to be heard. Listen to them, address the issue at hand, and all of a sudden, you become a hero.

    Especially when it comes to a service industry like mine, people love when you can click a few buttons and solve the issue that has been driving them mad for a week. Then to top it off, tell them they owe you nothing for the 5 minutes of work that you did, and tell them to come see you when they have a problem. I have had people spend over $10K in systems and networking just because I changed their mail server setting in Outlook, and they did not know how.

    I call that a damn good first impression. (sorry for the book….)

  347. Stephanie PTY March 4, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    The lasting impression I seem to leave at work is that I’m responsible. That’s a personal trait, for sure, but I think it can be scaled: put your best foot forward. Of course, seeming like a responsible person in and of itself can never hurt you at work or as a small business owner! ;)

  348. Frelle March 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I try to make a lasting impression with a genuine smile and by remembering names and faces quickly. I want people to know I care about them as customers and work associates.

  349. Hedy @ Penny for my Thoughts March 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    I make a good first impression with a firm handshake.

  350. SS4BC March 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Wow, so many comments to this! The best way I think is to be warm and friendly and ask intelligent questions that show you value your colleagues presence without burdening them.

  351. J Stiles March 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I think you offer to help any and everyone no matter how large or small the task. Even if its just helping to clean out the company fridge of people’s random science experiments with food.

  352. Eric March 4, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    I think first impressions are all about looking the part. When I work from home (which is most of the time) I can wear whatever I want. But when I am meeting a client, it is important to step it up a notch. I don’t necessarily go with the suit-and-tie combo every time, but I make sure to get past the jeans and polo college look.

  353. S March 4, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    It’s simple…do what you say you will do (commercially, personally or through whatever channels of communication), be what you are suppose to be and add a little more to your work or service than people expect and they will never forget it. When things happen and they will sometimes, be honest with people, especially when they are spending their hard earned money and they will respect you for it and this has won me repeat customers. Telling folks the truth when you don’t have to, says a lot about you as an individual and a business owner. It’s not easy being wonderful but someone has to do it!
    J, you always get your hands on the coolest stuff…Congrats!

  354. Cynthia Williams March 4, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    As a jewelry artist, I let my work make the first impression. Either people are going to like it or or not like it depending on their personal taste.

  355. Shoree March 4, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Heels. Such a girl answer, I know, but as long as they aren’t too noisy, it gives off an air of confidence and just generally adds a punch to your presence.

  356. Rebecca Graham March 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Smile, good attitude, and work like a dog.

  357. Michelle March 4, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    I make a lasting impression at work by making sure my work ethic is excellent. There isn’t a better way to get noticed that to have a great work ethic. The other thing I think really helps is making your bosses job easier. If you can provide value to your boss you definitely make a lasting impression.

  358. Savvy Young Money March 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Amazing giveaway! As for first impressions, I’d say dress the part, present yourself with confidence, ask intelligent questions, and don’t act like a know it all! Attitude is very important. Let them know you’re there to learn, and don’t make it look like you’re trying too hard.

  359. bill s March 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    i value people like yourself that take the time to give honest opinions on products….it makes it easier for us consumers out there.
    As for first impressions….don’t BS people. Most can usually sense it and it just leaves a bad taste for the rest of the day. A firm handshake and a smile usually suffice.

  360. Grace N. March 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    I dress appropriately, listen attentively, inject a little humor, and back it up with hard work.

  361. Kyle March 4, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    One of the biggest things I focus on to make a good first impression is names. Remembering the name of someone you just met can be a challenge, especially when you are meeting person after person after person (i.e. meet-and-greet your new colleagues, conferences, etc.). I have noticed that being able to address the new contacts by name is something that many people take note of, especially when you address them by name again weeks later.

    Add a pleasant/confident attitude with firm handshakes, and you are set.

  362. molly_b March 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    I’m really good at remembering names, so I use it to my advantage to make a good first impression in a new job. Also, asking people about themselves, but not intrusively–and then remembering what they tell you–can help too. I’ve found that most people like it when others take a genuine interest in them, and it’s good to get to know your new co-workers.

  363. Gretchen March 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Look people in the eye when you/they talk, be sincere, and work hard. You will go far!

  364. jennifer March 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    WOW! I am literally drooling over this laptop from Dell! Seriously, this is an amazing giveaway that could make my life so much easier! …. I love you bud, but it looks like something other than budgets are sexy…. and yes, I am talking about the dell… ha!

  365. Leslie March 4, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    I make a lasting first impression at work by being the go to person. I make sure whatever I do is neat, well thought out and delivered on time. Its an honor that new employees are introduced to me and I’m made a point person in their probationary period because of the way I do my job and produce results. Id really like this computer to continue producing good results in whatever I do at home as well.

  366. GT March 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    I make a lasting impression by sitting back to absorb what’s going on, jumping in to help with anything I recognize I can do well, and trying to understand all the people who are part of the job.

  367. Kay Lynn (Bucksome) March 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    I (and others) make a lasting impression by dressing to the role you want to be, working hard and learning the culture and players before offering advice.

  368. Sam March 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    its all about initiative. Dont wait for people to make their minds up about you. Go ahead and tell them what they’re going to think. Of course, do so in a civil manner. People are simpler than we look, if you tell us what we like, chances are we’ll like it.

  369. Elizabeth I March 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    With elegance, style, and great logo design. This is what I had in mind when I envisioned the logo for my blog.

  370. Rob March 5, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    WINNING!!!! In all reality you just have to be out of the ordinary to make an impression. That is why Charlie Sheen has such a huge following. Business is no different. Take a client out of the normal routine and you have made an indelible impression. Hopefully it as strong as the Vostro’s first impression. Good luck to all.

  371. Kannica P March 5, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    A good first impression is to not be afraid to ask questions. It shows that you’re interested and eager to learn (and it will be helpful).

  372. amber gi March 5, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    business cards. friend cards.
    smile a lot. carry a great laptop, hint.
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  373. Angela March 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    A positive attitude! Lots of genuine smiles and actually trying to get to know the people you work with. Along with a friendly demeanor is a good work ethic, anticipating duties and just doing them. It’s worked so far! =)

  374. Laura March 5, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I work in corporate HR so the way I make a good first impression is to have a good attitude. No one wants to work with someone with a bad attitude so be positive and patient!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  375. Emily D. March 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    I make a lasting impression at work by being reliable and always available. I work from home so it’s important to me to be available at all times so they never have to wonder why they allow me to work from home.

  376. Eric March 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    From a consumer’s standpoint, I appreciate an intuitive website & friendly customer service. When providing tax services, I am very intentional when it comes to competence, listening, and friendliness. I also think people appreciate when I go above and beyond filling out the forms too, like offering free advice on adjusting W-4s or little tax planning tips.

  377. Eve March 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    What a great looking computer–I’m drooling! A good first impression *anywhere* means for me: Smile! and remember the names of the people you meet most of all. Be curious about everything (and it helps if you’re genuinely curious!). Use those names you memorized, and often. It helps to be a quick learner; unfortunately I am not, but once I know something I can build on it quickly. And finally, I love the process of learning the job– it’s challenging, and interesting. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  378. Diana March 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Under-promise and over-deliver! It’s all about showing your colleagues and bosses that you’re a superstar!

  379. LeAnne March 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Make a lasting impression by going above and beyond what is necessary, and having a good attitude about whatever you’re asked to do.

  380. LeAnne March 5, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Make a lasting first impression with your smile and attitude, and the going above and beyond what you’re expected to do.

  381. Emily March 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Listen before speaking, and work towards addressing the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. Protect the people who work for you as well as the people for whom you work.

  382. Maria S March 5, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Speaking well and looking good are important for a first impression.

  383. Beth March 5, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    The best way to make a good first impression is to appear confident and competent, but also be honest about your skill set. The best way to ruin a first impression is to mislead your employer about what you can actually do.

  384. Jessica March 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Be confident in you own skills. Learn to ask the right questions – it show’s you are interested and can think critically.

  385. Martin Barron March 5, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    I make a impression by always doing my best.

  386. cdub March 6, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    be respectful and presentable :: ask intelligent, engaging questions :: underpromise and overdeliver

  387. Jenna March 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Work hard, be friendly, and go out of your way to help others.

  388. Carrie March 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Really look people in the eyes and give a firm handshake and a positive hello with an honest smile. Actually be happy to meet everyone. The person you’re shaking hands with could be your next best friend – or the key person through which you move up in the company. Always go above and beyond what is asked of you.

  389. Ling Liang March 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Be nice to everyone, ask a lot of questions, and don’t make assumptions.

  390. ArcyEm March 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    I over-deliver on my promises. ALWAYS.

  391. Cheryl S. March 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Very cool giveaway!

    First impressions in my small biz have everything to do with being authentic and genuinely caring about people…and finding ways to show that. People don’t always remember what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

  392. Sheena March 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    A kind face, firm handshake, a little humor, and a nice perfume…..

  393. Cathie March 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I always try to smile, be friendly, and have a positive attitude. I think I’m the nicest person I know!

  394. Elizabeth March 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I do my best to look great, be polite and have the information that people ask me for without making them hunt for it.

  395. BK March 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    First impression at work = to performance. Providing service with a smile yet not being overbearing while adjusting in your new position.

    with my small biz – as a fitness professional making sure I meet my customers needs. I give them a great workout yet it’s fun so they forget how hard they are working out.

    might I add this would be perfect for me as I’m actually about to expand and open my own fitness center and this will be a perfect item for me to run my registration system!!! Very hot!

  396. Valencia March 7, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Great first impressions at work are usually about being confident while of course also being knowledgeable, being friendly and unassuming, being professional, and most importantly genuine!

  397. Revanche March 7, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Being the whole package: Bringing the A-game, excellent posture, shining references, firm handshake, a smile and intelligent comments where appropriate and a PILE of productivity right out of the gate.

  398. James March 7, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Your first impression is based on your appearance and your demeanor. Dress sharp and listen well.

  399. Sheryl March 7, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    My best effort, every time. Admit my mistakes and let others point out my successes. If someone helps me, I make sure others know about it. Thanks for the giveaway! I always like to hear about new technology.

  400. Jonathan March 8, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    I make an impression by staying true to myself, not getting involved in the petty office bulls**t.
    Going the extra mile in my work and presentation and when handling a phone call from a customer, always make sure they were satisfied with my response, answered what that they wanted answered and thanked them for their business. We all choices where we spend our money, right? Lastly, treat everyone from the bottom of the ladder and up with respect, because putting out a quality product involves a team effort.

  401. James March 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    The best way to make a good first impression at work is to take on a project and complete it with excellence.

  402. Suzanne March 8, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    For me, it goes back to basics: being friendly and treating people the way I’d want to be treated. Smiling, remembering names, and being polite are all really important. Ultimately, your work will sell itself, but for your first impression, you want to come across as someone likable and pleasant to work with. And keep the ego in check — no matter what you may think about your reputation, you haven’t earned the right to have an ego until you rock out for your new client!

  403. JBird_1205 March 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    I always think that the bestway to make a first impression on the job or with your small biz is through your appearance. People are going to be looking to at your hair, clothes, and nails. If you take care of yourself then you have the mindset to take care of them, am I right? Also, your personality. Have one. Smile, shake hands, be engaged in the conversation, use polite tone and speech. These are the things that will cause people to warm to you and build the foundation for your relationship.

  404. plblark March 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    For me, it’s all about presentation. Dress professionally, be well groomed, speak clearly and coherently, and get in there and do the work. What you’re trying to present is essentially your comfidence and competence. Sure, they’re buying your skills but aside from some limited subject matter tests people have been known to bluff through those. For me, a straight forward, can do, honest presentation really shows through. There are enough snake oil salesmen out there. What people are looking for is confidence and competence.

  405. Eric March 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Make a lasting first impression by being punctual, polite, and on point! Paying attention initially is critically…everyone accepts that there is a learning curve to get you up to speed, so take advantage of it and learn.

  406. Jason March 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Remembering someones name and making them feel special, like they are the most important thing to you at that moment. I also try to include humor in conversations, it makes people feel better, despite the fact that they are at work.

  407. TJ March 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    being 10 minutes early. if you are on time, you are actually late

  408. Jason March 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Knowing who does what and how my job affects them and vice versa.

  409. James March 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I try and smile as much as possible.

  410. zeke March 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Timeliness, show your employer that you want to be there, show up early and don’t rush to be the first one out the door.
    Honesty from day one be totally honest, if you don’t know something, say you don’t know.

  411. Courtney March 8, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Be eager to learn and have a good attitude. Every job is going to have a learning curve…if you are eager to learn and keep a smile on your face, it will go a long way in making sure your first impression is a good one.

  412. Robyn March 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I make a lasting good impression by listening to what people say they want and providing that as well as what they need. Then I remember people’s preferences for any deliveries from me and make sure that I don’t make them repeat themselves. When it’s easy for someone to work with you and they get exactly what they want / need from you, they will always have a good impression of you and will recommend you to others. Also asking the right questions at the right times really helps.

  413. Johannah B March 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    I have a small business – we have been operating it for over 26 years. I would say you need honesty, integrity, and the willingness to put everything aside (including the profit) to make your client happy. I also think you need to grow slowly and securely but not taking on more than you can successfully handle at a time. Make each client believe they are the only one and maybe most importantly do the job better than anyone else and at a lower price. They will beat a path to your door as your reputation for successful job completions, on time and on budget spreads.

  414. Em D. March 8, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Confidence, a smile and a put-together appearance. Then follow through on whatever you say you’ll do or follow up on the conversation.

  415. Karilou March 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    I make sure I look put together and well-dressed, am agreeable about doing anything that’s asked of me, and most importantly make sure to speak up even if its to ask questions. Reasonable bosses/clients don’t expect you know everything right away, but they want to know that your engaged and confident you know what you’re talking about.

  416. Jill Myrick March 9, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    For me it’s about dependability.
    I have a small business that I run out of my home.
    The majority of my customers are from references of others that I have worked for for over ten years. My customers know that I am honest, dependable and trustworthy.
    And I don’t make commitments that I cannot keep. I always give them my best and that is what keeps me in business.

    Thank you so much for theis wonderful giveaway.


  417. Cara March 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    I make a lasting impression by being myself. Being human, showing the personality that got me hired in the first place.

  418. Carson March 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    For me, it’s all about confidence and establishing credibility right off the bat. If you know what you are talking about, and are confident (but not cocky) in showing that right away, you will establish a trust that goes a long way.

  419. Matt K March 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Making a successful first impression is a lot like interacting with/through social media. It’s just as much about listening as it is talking. It’s great to introduce yourself and make the rounds explaining who you are where you come from, but remember, in most situations the people you’re working with have been been at this job and know its ins and outs. Whether true or not, most folks believe they have good advice to give, so take the time to listen and hear what they’re saying. Also, don’t focus entirely on work. Everyone has a life outside of work, and finding commonalities in interests, family, hobbies, etc. humanizes you and takes some of the tension of being new away.

  420. Helenann March 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    I make a lasting first impression at work by researching the company before I make my first arrival at the job site. First impressions can be based a lot on the interviewer’s perceived image of a applicant. Knowing my best chance is to give a visual presentation of the kind of employee the interviewer visually thinks fits the job opening gives me a slight edge in competing for a job opening.

  421. Geoff March 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Be outgoing and social when you meet people so they remember your name. Then deliver on the work so they are reminded of your name often.

  422. angela March 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Impress by being your normal, genuine self.

  423. Kate March 9, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    I make a lasting first impression by showing enthusiasm for any project assigned to me and doing my best work.

  424. Steve March 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    I make a lasting impression by being my professional self and having good breath! You may laugh, but bad breath will cost you a good job……its about first impressions…

  425. Matt H March 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I shave, wear a suit, be myself, and try to remember everyone’s name.

  426. Irina March 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I always have the recent updated information concerning my profession and I am willing to share it with anyone interested.

  427. gamain October 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    How do you make a good impression? Here is one way which is guaranteed to work. Do this and people will have excellent first thoughts about you! This is the key:

    When you meet someone (friend or new contact), greet them on the phone, or pass them on the street, act ENTHUSED to meet them!

    ·Give them a “winning” smile.

    ·Cheerfully greet them with “hello (name)”. Let your voice show that you are glad to see them!

    ·Act like you are greeting a best friend who has been gone for awhile.

    ·If you walk into a group, greet or acknowledge every person. Look them in the eye. Either verbally greet them or at least make eye contact and acknowledge every single person.

    ·Greet your friends, contacts, and family the same way.

    ·When someone calls, say a professional “hello”. When you find out who is calling, act glad to hear their voice.

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