Saturday, April 19, 2008

Avoiding what doesn’t work

When you’re approaching someone, don’t be any of the following:
  • Cute: Unless you’re 6 years old, the Little Bo Peep routine gets pretty annoying pretty fast.
  • Slick: When you think of slick, think of snake oil salesmen. People don’t trust slick.
  • Obscene: Nothing is a bigger turn-off than lewd or disgusting gestures, jokes, and personal observations. Remember you’re in civilized society; if that doesn’t work, pretend your mother can hear every word you say.
  • Silly: Straws up your nose and lampshades on your head have never been attractive, so give it up and act like an adult.
  • Stupid: Acting stupid puts you in a catch-22: I mean, really, you act stupid to attract someone’s attention, but do you really want the attention of someone who finds stupid attractive?
  • Negative: Gossiping about someone brings up the very real possibility that you would gossip about present company.
  • Whiny: Please . . . I really don’t have to explain this to you, do I?

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