How to Make a Good Impression
Watch a video clip from The Devil Wears Prada.
What is your first impression of the woman in the movie?
do you say so?
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
1) How many tips did the author offer in the passage as to how to make a good impression? What are they? 3) According to the passage, how long does it take us to judge the people we meet? 4) What does the author mean by saying "you are the message"? 5) What is the "lion's cage" in the passage? And how should we behave in such "a lion's cage" according to the author? 6) How can we "light up" in our communication with others? 7) What is the power within you to make a good impression?
1) How many tips did the author offer in the passage as to how to make a good impression? ―4 2) What are they? ―1.You are the message. 2.Be yourself. 3.Use your eyes. 4.Lighten up.
3) According to the passage, how long does it take us to judge the people we meet? ― Seven seconds. 4) What does the author mean by saying "you are the message"? ― He means that when you are in communication, your eyes, face, body and attitudes—the whole you send the information.
5) What is the "lion's cage" in the passage? And how should we behave in such "a lion's cage" according to the author? ― It refers to a room full of people. The author suggests that we should keep our eyes straight at those in the room and move our eyes comfortably, keeping smiling. 6) How can we "light up" in our communication with others? ―To appear comfortable by ourselves and to make others comfortable.
7) What is the power within you to make a good impression? ―It refers to the ability and quality that exist in ourselves to produce a good effect on others and only by ourselves we can make the best use of it.
This is an argumentation. The writer presents the reader his ideas about "How to Make a Good Impression" with a general statement that is supported by a list of examples. Listing is one of the common ways to organize one's viewpoints, ideas, causes, or even possibilities. All the examples in the list must be supporting the writer's viewpoints effectively without going into details. Punctuation and words in italics can help listing, too. The writer offers readers some advice by listing: "You are the message", "Be yourself", "Use your eyes", "Lighten up". This passage can be roughly divided into three parts.
Paragraph 1 tells us that you make up your mind about people through unspoken communication within the first seven seconds of meeting them. Paragraph 2 gives us some examples to illustrate the point.
You are the message. (Para.3~5) Be yourself. Use your eyes. Lighten up. (Para.6~9) (Para.10~11) (Para. 12~14)
You are the message.
? You are the message. Your message includes physical appearance, energy, rate of speech, pitch and tone of voice, gestures, expression through the eyes, the ability to hold the interest of others.
? To be consistently you, at your best. When the audience see with their own eyes that you are not being yourself and you are sending mixed messages, they would tell themselves that the speaker is not being honest.
Use your eyes.
? Keep eye contact with your audience. Look straight at those in the room and smile.
? In order to make others comfortable, you have to appear comfortable yourself first.
? "Just be yourself ", you already have the power to have a good effect on others, because you are the only one who can be you.
Group Work Discussion
Role Play: Please work in pairs, acting as 1.greeting to each other, 2.making a self- introduction to each other
? Be professional and polite with everyone. When you arrive, state clearly who you are and who you are there to see. Be punctual and prepared. ? Feel confident about yourself. Knowing that you look good and that you are well prepared will go a long way to boosting your confidence. ? Smile. It will relax you and make others receptive to what you have to say. ? Be positive and polite. ? A firm handshake is essential. Good posture and eye contact will make you appear confident and will help your interviewer to feel comfortable with you.
1. Individual Work Additional reading: how to make a good impression in a job interview 2. Group work Task description: A five-star hotel are looking for a General Manager. Now work in groups to apply what you have learned in this text into a job interview. Some groups make a bad impressions while others make a good impression. Get the whole group involved.