In reality, there is no inherent connection between being pleasant and being generous.Yet the halo effect leads you to make that unwarranted assumption that the two are related.Looking professional the first day, he believes, will carry over through the rest of the semester, when he reverts to the work clothes he will don until he meets a new batch of students.
His look has defined 'genius.' But he was wild looking and disheveled.
A good look for an artist, I guess, but not exactly how you would want to present yourself if you looking for a corporate hire.
So while the rest of the semester he teaches class in his usual, more casual garb, the first week he presents a different image.
As each semester begins, he greets his students wearing a jacket and tie.“You make only one first impression,” he says.
I remember my Headmistress seeing me for the first time and commenting 'You know a person judges your whole character within the first thirty seconds of meeting you.
Now pull your skirt down', and later being confused at my academic success, probably trying to accord her first impression of my rather scruffy appearance with my high-flying grades.Here is an example: you meet a friendly person at a party and later are asked to solicit sponsors for a worthy cause.You contact that person because you think she will make a contribution.Either way, this is people making a choice on what others will takeaway from their visual.For this reason, I choose to enthusiastically to take whatever message is being sent my way to heart.As important, pay attention as to how your first impression may prejudice you against someone else. They are fine when you like someone on first meeting; they are not so fine when the first meeting is negative.Positive first impressions lead to social cohesion; negative first impressions lead to biases and social prejudice. It creates false impressions and can, for example, lead researchers to dismiss disconfirming information; businesses to become complacent; teachers to over- or underrate a student’s real performance; the police to wrongly identify suspects; banks to make careless loans.If you don't wish to be judged a hooligan then make the choice not to look like a hooligan.Einstein's image is so iconic that it is hard to imagine why anyone might have a bad first impression.While dressing up may predispose students to think the teacher must know his subject matter because he creates a professional first impression, the effect wears thin if the person turns out to be a poor teacher after all.First impressions matter but substance has the final word.