be impressed by...
We were all impressed by her enthusiasm.
I was very impressed by a young man at my lectures.
A: John, I'd like to see you in my office for a minute.
B: Yes, sir. I'll be there in just a moment.
A: John, I have been watching you. I've been paying attention to your performance over the last quarter and I'm impressed. You've done a tremendous job in tackling some difficult accounts. I just wanted to let you know, after this month's performance reviews, I'm recommending you for promotion.
B: Gosh...sir, thank you, sir. I had no idea there were any positions opening up in our department.
A: Well, it's not going to be in our department. I've recommended you for an interdepartmental transfer. There's a supervisory spot opening up in financial. I'm turning your name in for it.
B: Management? Wow, I had no idea I could move so quickly from entry level to managerial staff.
A: You've earned it.