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Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, is a file storage and synchronization servic…


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Today at Trotwood (3:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Celebrate the season with a mix of poetry, flowers and a special spring craft.&n…


Today at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, building enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an ep…


Today at New Lebanon (4:00 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Northmont (4:30 PM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Kettering (5:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Today at Madden Hills (5:30 PM)
This class will show you how to write an effective resume and cover letter to p…


Today at Main Library (5:30 PM)
An award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musica…


Today at Main Library (6:00 PM)
Upload & DownloadSharing pictures, submitting resume or turning in homework …


Today at Northwest (6:00 PM)
Come enjoy an activity that is some part art, and some part making.  Exampl…


Today at Miami Twp. (6:30 PM)
This workshop is designed to provide consumers with steps they can take to prote…


Today at Miamisburg (6:30 PM)
Read,  Eat,  And  Discuss a great book with the book discussion g…


Today at Northmont (6:30 PM)
Designed to allow more time for practice, Tech Time is your opportunity to get a…


Today at Electra Doren (6:30 PM)
Need more practice after your class or need additional help· Lab sessions…


Today at Main Library (6:30 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (10:00 AM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…


Tomorrow at Main Library (10:00 AM)
An award-winning early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musica…


Tomorrow at East (10:00 AM)
Join us for quality family time with books, songs and activities for parents and…


Tomorrow at Brookville (10:00 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at Trotwood (10:30 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Tomorrow at Northwest (10:30 AM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…


Tomorrow at New Lebanon (10:30 AM)
Stories, books, music, and crafts for children ages 2-6 years old. No registrati…


Tomorrow at W. Carrollton (10:30 AM)
Parents and caregivers, bring your little ones to the library for stories, songs…


Tomorrow at Huber Heights (10:30 AM)
Our meeting room is converted to an indoor playground for children under 3 years…


Tomorrow at Main Library (11:00 AM)
Children ages 0-3 and caregivers can enjoy unstructured playtime with a variety …


Tomorrow at Miamisburg (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs and other fun learning activities designed to develop…

           

First Impressions Matter and Help for Introverts


badinterviewSome scientific studies say a first impression is formed in 30 seconds, others say 7 seconds and a 2006 Princeton study says it can happen in less than 1/10 of a second! No matter which study is right, we can all agree that it happens quickly and whether it is an interview, a sales call or a social event, you don’t want to miss out on making the best of your first encounter with the other party. So here are some suggestions on how to do that:

  1. Arrive early - especially allow yourself extra time if you have to deal with traffic, parking or weather concerns.

  2. Dress the part - how to dress for an interview is a separate topic, but you should dress appropriately for the setting and purpose of the meeting.  There’s a lot of discussion about personal style and how you express yourself in your dress, but it is always best to err on the conservative side rather than being too casual.

  3. Grooming matters - this includes everything from hair care to make-up, not wearing a heavy scent and being aware of your breath. This is especially important if you are a smoker. For those with pets, go over your clothes with a lint brush just before you leave or keep a lint brush in your car.

  4. Smile and make eye contact - nothing gives the impression of ease and confidence like a big smile and direct eye contact. (You don’t have to stare in to their eyes for the whole meeting, but make eye contact often when you are speaking.)

  5. Practice your handshake - there is an art to doing this well. Here’s a video tutorial.

  6. Be attentive throughout the meeting - put your cell phone and other electronics away while you enjoy conversation.

Introverts can have a hard time making a good first impression. Here’s a 2015 article from Inc.com that can help those who feel socially awkward.

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