Too much concern is given to first impressions.
Yes they are important. Anyone with common sense or who has read Blink knows this.
But, how about last impressions?
What is the last impression people have of you? What taste do you leave in their mouth?
Last impressions get you hired again. Last impressions get your referrals.
Last night I saw four comedians perform at Acme Comedy Company for a birthday party.
The first and last comedians were extremely mediocre. The middle two were hilarious.
I concluded the night was a success, but when the rest of the group was asked for their opinion, most people said:
“The last comedian was awful.”
Everyone loved the middle two comedians, but they couldn’t get their focus off the last comedian.
Our wedding photographer was phenomenal. She was young, underpriced, and was extremely talented.
The photos she took were beyond our expectations.
But she promised we’d get the photos within 8 weeks at the very latest. We received them in 10 weeks.
Whenever someone asked for our opinions, we usually end up explaining how great of an experience it was, but…it took a long time to get the pictures back.
Be very careful what your last impression is.
Because it’s very likely that’s what people will know you by and talk about.
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