I really want to impress her.
I need to make an impact on them.
I want to knock their socks off.
What is your intent? That is an important question when we are creating work and presenting our work.
Is your actual intent to get the job?
Is your intent to impress?
Measuring success solely on the first reaction of others is a recipe for disaster. You simply do not know what is going on inside the other person, are they have a good or bad day, are there politics you do not know about, are they just idiots?
What if your intent was to do your best work. To do good work. Work that is true to you. Work that pours from your soul. Work that serves your story to people. Work that you are proud of.
Work like that would impress.
I am a flâneur, which basically means I spend a lot of time in coffee shops watching the world go by.