Todays post is on "the perfect handshake" as it applies to American culture. Three key factors that will set you apart and make for stronger first impressions. You might be asking, "who the hell is he to be giving advice on well blended hand-shakes?" And it's true, I have no academic background in business, psychology, or human behavior. So I don't expect you to take my word for it; but at the very least, I hope to inspire close attention when it comes to our sacred ritual.
Over the short course of my adult life, I've developed a keen interest for the art of travel. I think it's worth every treasure on earth to appreciate such things. But I find it strange how most people claim to "love traveling", when they seem miserable at the airport; usually late & over packed. So I'd like to share some basic principles on traveling with ease.
I'm always fascinated by a beautiful and deftly performed hustle. A psychological play of sorts, performed at the expense of an unwitting mark. But I've never had the desire to clean out a complete stranger. A friendly beer is enough to keep my ego afloat inside this big, buoyant head; an exquisite dome laid with the finest of chestnut hairs; each unique follicle personally arranged by the omnipotent hands of GOD... But having good hair isn't enough to hustle. Lets start with the basics.
I came to New York assuming my stride would be on par with the proverbial New Yorker. I had years of practice keeping pace with my dad, expertly navigating through casino floors towards show room destinations. And as time went on, I mixed the look of a casual stroll with the pace of a hip swinging, sweatband bearing, 1990's speed walker. Keeping up with New Yorkers wasn't the problem, the problem was an onslaught of lackadaisical tourist's. Which brings me to a rapid navigation technique, ripped from the blog of Andy Nyman. It's a sort of psychological trick for navigating crowded bars, the New York underground, and occasional trips to that melting pot of confusion, Time Square.
I once heard if you screw up as a magician, you're laughed at. But screw up as a card cheater, you'll get a fast five in the snot box. The techniques of a card cheater need to be better because there's more at stake! The deduction is plain - if you want to excel in card magic, study the grift...
"I'm sorry, what's your name again?" We've all been there, with the lazy excuse of being "bad with names, but great with faces." As if that numbs the insult of forgetting a name we just heard. There are remarkable techniques for a bullet proof memory, but I won't bombard you with those just yet. Instead, here's a quick way to remember more names, with ease.