First impressions are crucial and more so in the business world. It may only take just a quick glance, maybe three seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. In this very short time, the other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed. With every new encounter, you are evaluated and yet another person's impression of you is formed. These first impression are impossible to reverse, making those first encounters extremely important because they set the tone for all the relationships that follows whether it’s personal or business related.
After first reading John as an extrovert, I picture John as a career-oriented, optimistic, young and social employee. This forms the initial characterization of someone who is goal-oriented and is willing to take the extra mile for his job. The tone is set by the pleasant story which shows a sun soaked streets as well as John’s casual and chipper mood. He also seems extremely social at the same time as shown by the conversations he has with the other people on his walk. This is shown by the conversation with the acquaintance and his meeting with his friend who walked in the store (“First impressions,” 2010). John also seems like a very social and young person due to him meeting with the girl his friend introduced him the night before. The scenario of the story for example, using “girl” instead of “woman” implies that John is younger and possibly single, with the possibility to have a night out on a work week.
At the same time, there are also negative connotations to the first scenario. The way John’s walk was characterized shows that he took a long time from work to make his purchase, preferring to interact socially instead of hurrying back to his office. It also implies that John’s career may not be his first priority, instead choosing his friends and his social life instead of heading back to his priorities. This is also shown by the wording used to describe “time” in his interactions. For example, when he talked to the girl from the night before, he talked to her for a “short while” instead of “briefly”, meaning that he was obviously not in a hurry (“First impressions,” 2010).
In the second entry, the first impression of John is that he is merely tired, in a gloomy environment after a long, hectic and very busy day at work. Because the first setting has already established John as a social entity, the second setting only adds to the impression that John is social by nature but is facing depressing circumstances or exhaustion that is not permitting him to talk to anyone. Normally, John would be talking to everyone at the bar but the second entry seems like an exception or anomaly where something in between his errands and work and the end of the day shifted John’s attitude.
In the second scenario, John gives the impression of someone who is...