Quick Tips From MAXIM
If you want an audience to latch on to the essence of your
proposal, schedule your presentation an hour before lunch. Set
the thermostat to a balmy 80 degrees. Then launch into a
complex monologue complete with intricate flow charts. As they
mop sweat from their throbbing brows, they’ll begin to worry that
they’re not getting it — and feel stupid. Then, over the grumbling
of their stomachs, sock them with your main pitch: "The bottom
line is, spending equals growth. Growth equals profit. Give me a
million dollars and I’ll make it work." They’ll grab hold of that
concept like a life preserver and accept it as true: It’s the only
thing they’ll have understood, and they’ll want everyone else to
think they comprehended the whole blob of nonsense.
How to make a lasting impression
The next time you head into a job interview or morning meeting,
pause for one or two seconds in the doorway and say, "Good
morning" from there. "This technique ‘frames’ you — like a
Hollywood snapshot," explains Frank Carillo, president of
Executive Communications Group, a corporate consulting firm
based in Englewood, New Jersey. "People will remember you
because you’ve given them a movie-style image to recall." Don’t
slouch or lean against the door. You want them to think James
Bond, not Quasimodo. Works great at parties and when you’re
picking up a date, too.
How to tell if she’s scoping you
If you’re sitting at a bar and want to see which one of the belles is
stealing glances at you, check your watch. Any woman who’s
been staring at you will reflexively look at hers. "It’s one of those
automatic things people do, even if someone is looking at you
only peripherally; it’s difficult not to glance," explains Charles T.
Hill, a social psychologist and a psychology professor at Whittier
College in Los Angeles County. What do you need, an engraved
invitation? Go over and offer to buy her a drink.
How to start a cold car
If your car is more than a decade old, it probably has a
carburetor. One technician suggests “… stepping on the gas
pedal half to two thirds of the way down. This closes the choke
[ensuring a rich mixture of air and fuel, which ignites faster] and
pumps some gas into the manifold. Then take your foot off the
pedal before you turn the key.”
If you have a newer car, with fuel injection — the computerized
system that mixes gas and air according to temperature and
exact atmospheric readings — and you’re still having trouble
starting in the cold, the slow start is your own fault. There’s really
nothing you can do except bite the bullet and get the damned
thing tuned up.
How to grab them with your grammar
People who speak about themselves in the present tense are
perceived to be more competent and desirable than people who
do so in the past tense, according to a recent study by Southern
Methodist University in Dal las. "I’m reliable and always come in
under budget" is stronger than "I've never gone overbudget."
Similarly, phrases such as "I’m a great lover. I can make a
woman squeal in delight" are more seductive than "I was known
as a good lover in college. I made a girl squeal once."
How to kiss ass effectively
Assistants, interns, doormen, receptionists — servicepeople by
and large are treated like shit. All they need is a little
acknowledgment to become your willing slaves. The receptionist
you grab an extra coffee for once in a while will warn you that no,
this wouldn’t be a good time to ask the boss for an executive
parking spot. The guy in the mailroom you swap dirty jokes with
will let you send all your holiday presents FedEx come
December. A bartender you tipped well on the first and second
rounds will float you a freebie on the third and fourth. So spread
some love — and watch it come right back at you.
How to shake your way to success
Shaking hands with your palm down says you’re the boss —
even to your boss. "Much like animals, humans establish
dominance through gestures," explains Tom Metcalf, a
professional speaker and corporate communication consultant
based in Marietta, Georgia. "Extending your right arm, palm
downward, then shaking hands is a subtle physical posture that
says ‘I’m in charge’" even if you’re no more in charge than the
copy machine repairman.
How to hack-proof your password
Skip Webster’s. Most hackers start with the dictionary. Instead
use a combo of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. Also,
shuttle between uPpER anD LOwEr cASe.
Don’t be a moron. A password consisting of your own birth date,
phone number, address, or other number that can be traced
directly to you is easy for any enterprising six-year-old to hack.
Avoid names. Female names are high on the target list of
password-sniffing computer programs, so don’t use your
girlfriend’s. But add some details to a name — “CharLene34D” —
for an ideal result.
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