The Importance of Digital First Impressions

Have you ever heard the saying, “Your first impression is your last impression”? I’m sure you have in some type of verbiage. Even though this may sound silly, it tends to be true.  Human beings judge other people and situations as quickly as they possibly can. I honestly don’t believe it’s out of malice, but out of our deep-seeded survival-oriented mindset. With that being said, there is a whole other level to first impressions as we’ve always known them. Now, there is the concept of a digital first impression. In a world of social media, working remotely, and conducting businesses solely online, your digital first impression means EVERYTHING. So many things have changed in the world of technology over the last few years, and it can be hard to keep up with what proper online etiquette should be. Since this post won’t always be updated regarding new standards in tech, I’ve decided to give you some broad and timeless guidelines to how you should present yourself on the virtual level. Here are the areas of the online world that you need to consider. Continue reading

Showing Your Support by Reading In Between the Lines

I’m an only child who grew up being somewhat shy and introverted. Even though in our society those traits can be considered negative, I’m actually incredibly thankful. Growing up as a fairly quiet child, I learned one valuable skill: the art of paying attention! Over time I became a good listener, started paying attention to details, and  observed people and situations closely. It made me realize that there are so many forms of communication that are completely overlooked, since they aren’t actually spoken. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the unspoken communication is more important in the long run. We tend to be so afraid of the backlash we might receive or the consequences we have to face by speaking out, that we often end up bottling everything in until it comes seeping out in passive aggressive body language and behavior. So, you’re probably asking yourself what my point is here. Well, I’ve learned that by paying attention to these social cues from your peers you can prevent certain emotions from escalating. These in my opinion are the best ways to start reading between the lines and show your support. Continue reading

Knowing How to Ask for Help

Let me start off this week’s topic by saying, I have learned a very valuable lesson lately. For the last year, I’ve been internally harboring my feelings to the point that it’s severely effecting my life. Not to sound like I’m bragging or anything, but I graduated college, found a good job, beat my health scare, and accomplished even more difficult feats. By getting through these situations, I drove myself to believing that I can ultimately help myself through anything. Even though I’m a fairly independent person, there were several weekends where I felt so alone and sad, that I’d sit in my bed for hours and avoid everyone. After a while, I started to realize that by trying to help myself, I was in-turn shutting myself off from the outside world. Sometimes we don’t realize how many people and resources there are out there to help you get through the rough patches of your life. Here are some key takeaways that I think will help you too! Continue reading

Why Communication Really is Key

Whenever my boyfriend and I hangout with a new couple that hasn’t been together very long, we get asked the same question: “What is the secret to having a long-lasting relationship?” In reality there are many different areas that both people in the relationship have to accept and work on for any couple to have a chance at working out, but I always say that the main thing is communication. Every time I hear that answer come out of my mouth, I immediately regret how cheesy it sounds. Despite the cliché response, it couldn’t be more true! I’ve found that effective communication skills can help you in any relationship. This includes romantic, professional, friendly, or family relationships. Many times one person may not have any clue how the other person feels, despite their “obvious” hints. What might be obvious to some, may leave others completely oblivious. Here are my tips at mastering effective communication. Continue reading