The Winning Impression


Competitions! Prizes! Winning! There, we got your attention on a Monday afternoon. We recently hosted a Twitter competition in the run up to - and during - The Business Show which Merchant Money attended. We sponsored the speed networking area at the event which was extremely popular. We centred our social media competition around the theme of networking and asked tweeters to submit what they thought was key to making a good first impression in business. We had a brilliant set of responses, including two from well known Dragons' Den stars and entrepreneurs Rachel Elnaugh and Piers Linney.

From the entries, our panel of experts chose the winning tip. However, before we share it with you we'd like to show you a few examples of the other tips which were submitted:


Here's what the Dragons had to say:


.@MerchantMoneyUK One tip is to quickly find a common interest, whatever that may be. The conversation will be extended & more intros made

— Piers Linney (@pierslinney) November 26, 2014

What other business people had to say


@MerchantMoneyUK make it about the person you are trying to network with and not about yourself — David Waring (@davidwaring) December 1, 2014

@merchantmoneyuk just be yourself

— Clear As Day (@ClearAsDayfilm) November 27, 2014

@MerchantMoneyUK Best 1st impression = smile and look people in the eye! A firm handshake is also good #TBS2014 @TheBusinessShow — Steve Knowles (@taxchampion) November 27, 2014

@MerchantMoneyUK Easy - resist the urge to pitch, listen, talk about what you do when appropriate and it will happen. See you at #TBS2014

— AnswersInvestigation (@AnswersPI) November 26, 2014

@MerchantMoneyUK flash them your winning smile when you meet someone! That's my top tip for a good first impression... — Anna Ingram (@childofthe1980s) November 26, 2014

@MerchantMoneyUK present yourself appropriately and dress according to the situation. i.e business meeting = suit and tie

— charlene (@charlz_29) November 26, 2014



 Here's what our winner had to say


@MerchantMoneyUK Be yourself! Don't be afraid to express your own individuality, humour & personality :) — Ellie (@Ms_Scatty) November 24, 2014


Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition, and congratulations to our winner Ellie who bags herself £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.