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Wednesday, August 16, 2021

How painfully shy are you around women, anyway? Enough so that you’ll plunk down $1,600 for a bunch of personality coaches to escort you to bars where you can attempt to hit on girls?

The Charm School’s lesson plan stays away from canned lines and instructs men to think on their feet when talking to women, to put their insecurities aside and react naturally to a women’s subtle cues, said Johnny Saviour, 21, a Charisma Arts instructor.

The class starts on Friday afternoon with the instructors going over [Charisma Arts co-founder Wayne] Elise’s attraction theory. They then practice the theory by approaching each other as if they were women, and they do word association exercises to get their minds tuned into keeping a conversation with a woman rolling.

After a night approaching women at a bar or club, the instructors hold a debriefing the next morning and go over what the participants did right and wrong. Then they head out again to hit on more women.

Word association exercises? Debriefings? Yeah, these guys are so going to score, dude! Not to mention I’d be wary of some outfit that has an instructor named “Johnny Saviour” — I’d sooner expect a guy with that name to have a syndicated daytime talkshow…

Actually, I’m thinking Charisma Arts can definitely help me. No, I’m not going to pay them any money. But I figure I could just hit the spots where these losers congregate, like Soho hangout Hotel Gansevoort, wait for them to crash and burn, and then slide right in directly afterward. It’s all about opportune positioning: I’ll seem like Rico Suave to those women after they’ve sat through the previous dismal performances!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/16/2006 11:18:58 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Society, Women
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To my ear, residents of Amsterdam should properly be referred to as “Amsterdamsters”.

But the city of Amsterdam, on its marketing website “I amsterdam” (”I am/Amsterdam” — get it?), calls the locals “Amsterdammers”. As I imagine they call themselves.

It’s their call. But if it were up for a vote, I’d go with “Amsterdamsters”. Damst it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/16/2006 05:02:00 PM
Category: Wordsmithing
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