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Make a Good Impression
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Date: Sep 24 2013

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Imperative Form


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What do you do when you want to impress someone? It probably depends on who the person is. If it’s someone you want to date, maybe you want to make them think that you’re talented, or brave, or smart. If it’s a boss, you probably want to show them that you’re really good at your job. Maybe you even take on extra projects or work overtime in order to make a good impression.

One of the meanings of “impress” is to leave a mark or a print on something. When you’re trying to make a good impression, you’re trying to leave a mark, or memory, of you on the person. You want them to be thinking about you after you two are no longer together. And you want them to be thinking lots of positive thoughts.

Lily wants to make a good impression on her boss, Amanda, but it seems as if it might not be going very well. Find out what happens in this English lesson.

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Amanda:  OK, guys. Let’s get this weekly meeting started. First order of business. Jeff, how are those reports coming?

Jeff:  Oh, right. The reports.

Lily:  I’ve got it taken care of. They’ll be on your desk by noon.

Jeff:  They will?

Amanda:  You did his reports? OK, great. Greta, that leaves you. How about getting things set up for that appearance at the restaurant opening next week?

Greta:  I was going to, but you said you had to call and talk to them first. Make a good impression with the company’s credentials and everything.

Amanda:  That’s right.

Lily:  It’s OK. I did it.

Amanda:  You called.

Lily:  Yeah, I just told them that I was you. I’ve been practicing. “Hi, this is Amanda with AmericanDreamD8.com…”

Greta:  She does an impression of Amanda? That’s weird.

Amanda:  Yes, it is. OK, moving on. Mason, did you take a look at the doorknob? It was kind of loose and squeaky.

Mason:  Yeah, I just, uh, I just have to…

Lily:  I took care of that, too.

Amanda:  You fixed the door.

Lily:  Yeah, I just borrowed your credit card and went down to the hardware store, and got the tools that I needed and fixed it. I’m really handy!

Mason:  You took her credit card?

Greta:  That’s insane.

Jeff:  And she’s wearing the exact same clothes, too.

Amanda:  OK, Lily, that is totally inappropriate. What’s going on?

Lily:  I just wanted to make a good impression. I really respect you as a boss and as a businesswoman, and I really hope to be like you one day.

Greta:  Be like her? More like be her.

Amanda:  OK, Lily. Look, I am flattered. Kind of. But everything you’ve done here is completely over the top and out of hand. All right? You can’t go sneaking around doing people’s jobs, imitating me, taking my credit card. It is not the way to impress your boss.

Lily:  I didn’t do anything wrong. You don’t understand. Stop yelling at me!


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Everyone at the office meets for their weekly business meeting, but something is a little strange. Every time Amanda asks if someone has completed a particular task, Lily says that she’s done it. At first, Amanda thinks Lily’s just being helpful. But when she finds out that Lily has been doing an impression of her, or imitating her, and using her credit card, she realizes it’s gone too far.

Suddenly, everyone starts talking about how weird Lily’s acting. Jeff points out that Lily is wearing the same clothes as Amanda. And Greta thinks it’s very strange that Lily suddenly seems to want to be Amanda. Amanda tells Lily this is not OK. Lily gets very upset and runs out of the room. What is going on?

What do you think is the best way to make a good impression on someone? Why do you think Lily is acting so strange?



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What makes a good impession??

Listening, being present at the moment, focused generating 100% attention on the person you’re talking to thus making him/her feel very special, the only person on the planet you want to talk to at the particular moment. No mind wandering, no indifference, no listening with half an ear that are quite killers of your popularity. People like when they’re asked questions, when they’re heard, when they’re not brushed off.

Another thing is knowledge. Knowledge is power. It doesn’t make you a naive, eager only to please person. It gives you some respect and some authority which should be balanced with kindness, generosity, sincerity and forgiveness. Even the most knowledgeable person should admit his mistake that doesn’t taint his popularity

So, being present at the moment, being professional and being kind will bring some good impression :)

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