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Scientists have proven that we form our first impression about someone within the first 7 seconds of meeting them, and 55% of the first impression is based on appearance. Pay attention to 12 common things you should avoid not to ruin the first impression.
In his research, psychologist William F. Chaplin found that people with a weak handshake are instantly judged as being shy, anxious, uninterested, or even completely incompetent.
If you place your hands on the table, don’t squeeze them too tight or lay them flat with your palms down. This makes people feel like you want to control them. Also, don’t forget about the role that culture plays here.
A 2007 study showed that people who maintain eye contact during a conversation are often seen as more confident, attentive, intelligent, and trustworthy. Try not to focus the conversation only on yourself and your issues. It’s always a good idea to be attentive to your conversation partner.
Tapping can indicate nervousness, irritation, or impatience. People might even think that you’re purposely trying to irritate others or draw attention to yourself. And while cracking your knuckles can help relieve stress, it’s one of the most annoying sounds according to a survey by The New York Times.
A study from the University of Essex showed that even just having one’s phone on the table next to them reduces a conversation’s quality and the participants’ engagement. So leave it in your bag or in your pocket.
Running late to a meeting with people you don’t know or have a formal relationship with will shed a guaranteed negative light on you. You’ll seem like an unreliable and unorganized person that doesn’t respect people enough to value their time.

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A weak handshake 0:38
Keeping your hands in the wrong position 1:25
Chewing gum 2:15
Avoiding eye-contact 3:01
Playing with your hair 3:41
Picking the wrong conversation topics 4:25
Invading someone’s personal space 5:07
Making distracting noises 5:49
Constantly checking your phone 6:34
Forgetting people’s names 7:23
Being late 8:00
The wrong attire 8:47

-If you wanna give the right impression of confidence and capability, remember to grip the other person’s hand firmly and for no longer than 2 seconds.
-Put your hands on your lap if you want, but never keep them in your pockets because this gives the impression that you’re hiding something.
-Chewing on gum makes you look immature, self-centered, and somewhat low-brow.
-Don’t be afraid to lock eyes with another person from time to time instead of constantly looking around, especially when you meet them for the first time.
-If you tend to play with your hair when you’re nervous, try to kick this habit, you could be sending them the wrong message.
-Play it safe and avoid the general “taboo” topics out there. They include health problems, money, religion, politics, or personal problems and complaints.
-When it comes to meeting someone for the first time, keep a minimum of 4 feet between the two of you.
-It can be nearly impossible to control nervous tapping, but you have to try, especially during important meetings or presentations.
-Even if you’re just checking the time on your screen, it comes off as extremely impolite when you do it during a conversation.
-Immediately repeate someone’s name after you’ve been introduced. In case you forget the name, just play it cool and try to avoid using phrases where you have to name the other person.
-Leave your house in enough time so that you don’t have to run to your meeting. You’ll be all disheveled and unfocused, and that looks bad too.
-If you’re meeting somebody for the very first time, again, especially in more formal situations, try to be conservative in your choice of clothing, be polished, and don’t use heavy perfume or tons of makeup.

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This video will teach you how to write an essay which since 2015 has been the compulsory task in Part 1 of Paper 2 (Writing) for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam.

– Description of what the question will involve
– How to approach the task
– How to plan your writing
– Sample question with sample answer

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This is Nathan’s guide to novel writing in 7 easy (ish!) steps.

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Today we will see some tips about how to write an article. It is a very important part that you have to master. Revise and repeat and learn our template to write the perfect article.

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How to write an article


Reviews are articles expressing a clear opinion and where in order to convey your interpretation of the facts, humorous ways such as tongue-in-cheek can be used. Articles will also address an audience using rhetorical questions and other forms to create effects or make a statement. Getting and maintaining your reader’s interest is your objective.

You must remember the following:

*4 paragraphs minimum (1 introduction, 2 or 3 body paragraphs and 1 conclusion).
*Give your article a title.
*Speak directly to your readers.
*Give your opinion when appropriate.

Give examples when appropriate

You can use humour when appropriate Some more useful vocabulary:

Have you ever…?
Are you one of those people who thinks that…? What do you think about…?
What would it be like if…?
What would you say to…?
Don’t you think it is…?

Introducing your first point

First of all…
To begin with…
Let’s start by…
One important thing to consider…
In the first place…

Introducing more points

Apart from that…
Added to that…
Another aspect we have to mention here is…
Another consideration…

Introducing your final points

To conclude…
To sum up…
In a nutshell…
On the whole…
In short…

Giving your opinion

In my opinion…
My personal opinion is…
To my mind…
If you ask me…
In my view…
Personally I believe that…
From where I stand…


gripping jaw-dropping absorbing
riveting action-packed
dull / uneventful /lacking variety colourless / nondescript

Template Article:

Title: i.e. A transcendent experience

Introduction: I recently (summarise the film/experience etc. and give your general opinion) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Paragraph 1: (your viewpoint on one aspect/theme) What I most liked was ……… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Paragraph 2: (your viewpoint on one aspect) What I most disliked was …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Conclusion or recommendation(s): To conclude …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I therefore recommend ………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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In this video lecture you will:

See An Example Question

Critique An Example Answer

Learn Some Advice For Writing An Article

Read Some Examiner Comments

Correct Some Article Mistakes

Learn More General Tips For Writing An Article

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When I’m on book tours, the question I get asked the most is “how do you write a first novel?” In this video, I tell you how I did it. Anyone can write a novel. Didn’t go to college to learn literature, etc? Doesn’t matter. Your idea is just as valid as anyone else’s.


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One of the first articles on the Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt was written in October of 2010. What did it say? Watch this quick summary and find out!

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What is First Person? Second? Third?

If you’re learning English, you’ve probably seen 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person. But do you know what these mean? In this easy video, you’ll learn to easily recognize first, second, and third person by understanding that these refer to the personal pronouns or the subject of the sentence. You’ll see many examples and we’ll practice finding out whether sentences are in first person, second person, or third person. You may have heard of “FPS” or “first person shooter” games. The idea is the same, and you will understand it after this lesson! Continue the exercise by doing the quiz at


First, second, third, whether it be “I”, “you”, or… Hi. James from engVid. Today I’d like to teach you about the first, second, and third pronouns. Well, subject pronouns, to be exact. And: What do we mean by first person, second person, and third person? A lot of students have trouble with that, and that’s why they use the pronouns incorrectly. This is a very simple, straightforward lesson, and I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s go to Mr. E. As you can see, he’s standing on the podium. A “podium” is a box you stand on once you want to… When you want to speak or when you want to… Or when someone has got a position, like in the Olympics, they get first, second, and third position, so they stand up on a podium. E is on the podium with all three medals. Well, there’s a reason for that, because you are important. And when we talk about subject pronouns, we’re going to see how the first, second, and third person works. Ready? Let’s go to the board.

I mentioned Mr. E was wearing all the medals, and you’re going to probably ask why. I’ll show you. When we talk about personal pronouns or subject pronouns, the speaker is important, and who the speaker is speaking to is important, and this is how we can tell if something is first, second, or third person.

Let’s take a look at the first case. When I speak-or when E would speak-and I speak with friends, it’s called the first person, and this is where we use for the singular, “I”; and for the plural, “we”. Because I’m involved in the speaking, I am speaking with a group of people, and/or I am personally speaking. So we use “I” and “we” to say first person. Okay?

When we talk about the second person, it’s when I speak to you or I am speaking to a group of people. That means I, remember E is wearing the medals, I am directing my speech to somebody that I’m speaking to right now. I’m talking to you right now. Now, you, if you’re watching at your house, I’m talking to you, that could be one person. But really, we know I’m on the internet, so there’s thousands of people watching, but I’m speaking to you as well. So I am important and I am speaking to you, where I direct my speech, and that’s why we call it the second person. The second person in the conversation, you might say. It could be one person or a group of people. And in this case, we use the same pronoun, “you” and “you” to talk about you, I’m directing my speech directly to you. Good? All right.

Let’s do the third person. The third person is when I speak about something or someone. You can think of it as they’re not directly involved in the conversation. I could be talking about “it”, that’s the third person. Or I could be talking about “he” or “she”, as in the third person. So this is when I speak about someone or something. For the singular, we have “he”, “she”, and “it”, because we do talk about things. For the plural, we say “they”. Cool? Great. That was a simple lesson. Let’s go do a quiz on it. Are you ready? [Snaps].

Ready for the quiz? Now, be very careful, this is a two-part quiz. First we’re going to fill in the blanks with a proper or appropriate pronoun. Okay? Then we’re going to try to see: Is that a first, second, or third pronoun? That’ll be the second part we do. Are you ready? Let’s try this quick quiz.

“__________ am talking to them later.”
What would that be? Correct. “I am talking to them”, we know this because the “am” is there. So that means the subject is speaking. Okay? The subject is speaking.

How about the next one?
“I saw them yesterday and __________ said they were going home today to see their families.”
I’ll give you a little bit of a hint, here. We have “them”, “they”, and “their”. That’s right. These are all plural words, so we can make a safe guess that this would be “they”. In this case, I am talking about them; not to them. Try to remember that when we do the second part, if I am talking about them, what does that mean?

Number three:
“_________ are the type of person that makes friends easily.”
Okay, well we can see it’s one, “the” article says one type of person, so we have a choice between “I” and “you”. Well, I don’t think I’m talking about me. I think I’m talking to you. I think you’re the friendly type of person, you watch engVid, you got to be a good guy or girl.