“The shortest distance between two people is a smile,” Victor Borge.

A smile is something I notice about someone immediately.

Whether a person has one or not can make all the difference in being approachable and thus communicating effectively.

Several years ago I’d read a book called How to Read a Person Like a Book by Gerard Nierenberg, author and lawyer. Forbes also called him “The Father of Negotiating Training”. I especially enjoyed reading the section on smiles.

He discussed several including the Simple, the Upper, the Broad, and the Oblong/Insincere.

Whether we know the names of smiles or not doesn’t really matter. What matters is how we subconsciously notice smiles, or lack thereof, when we are meeting someone and what they may indicate.

Making a great impression isn’t only about our professional success. I believe making a great impression matters in all areas of our lives.

The greatest impression we can convey is that which represents our best and real self. ~Holly Nagel