All it takes is seven seconds.
In seven seconds, the typical person makes 11 impressions when he or she first meets someone, said diversity consultant Vincent R. Brown. In those seven seconds, a person has already made assumptions and decided if that person is going to be in or out.
Brown, speaking at the CivicCon Acadiana event hosted by One Acadiana on Wednesday, noted how if people can get past that seventh second, they can find things out about people that can eventually lead to conversations and connections.
So when it comes to luring and retaining young talent to Lafayette, especially if it those talented people look or act differently than what most people, it’s crucial to get past those seven seconds.