You get just one chance to make a good first impression and Inside Edition has tips on how to do it.
“It's like going into a cold pool. You can just jump in and it's really, really abrasive,” Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York" and author of "Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine," told Inside Edition.
“Slowly, go in easily and it's better for everyone,” he added.
Body language is everything, he said, singling out a man named Cameron for study.
Cameron had his shoulders hunched, he was staring at his phone and not making eye contact with anyone who might notice him.
Serhant said the best way to get noticed is with “good body posture,” adding in that a nice smile, your phone in your pocket and “surveying the landscape” is a way to ease into a room.
The same advice goes for job interviews, he added.
“Shoulders back, back straight, smiling, excited, energetic, but not too energetic, shaking their hand,” Serhant advised.
Small talk at a party can be excruciating, but Serhant said there are simple rules to get through it.
“Give a compliment. I love walking into a room, introducing myself and giving a compliment," he said.
And don't forget to make eye contact. “If you're not looking them in the eye, you might as well have a phone in your hand,” Serhant said.
A firm handshake is also important. You do not want a “limp fish” shake, Serhant added.