Rules Of The Game: The Cologne Opener

jgatzThe Game7 Comments

The Cologne Opener is an classic bit that Neil has personally used in the past and frequently teaches to aspiring social artists… The sense of smell is tied strongly to our memories. In fact, some researchers suggest that the sense of smell is the most evocative sense we have. When interacting with women, the way that you smell can make … Read More

16 Things You Can Do In One Day To Improve Your Life

Neil StraussNeil, New Years5 Comments

Happy New Year! Today, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, by popular demand: update a previous post. Yes, I’m trying to finish the next book, which is due this month. (And, yes, you will all be the first to know what it’s about!) But I’m taking a break today to share this because I think it’s important. … Read More

Shocking Facts Your Dentist Doesn’t Want You To Know

Neil StraussNeil, The Game3 Comments

One of the most common questions I’ve gotten about the book came out is, “Will you go for coffee with me if I promise not to ask you too much about pickup?” The second most common question is, “What the fuck is a C-shaped smile?” They’re referring to a routine I came up with, which Papa used to help land … Read More

The Top 11 Things I Learned From Pickup

Neil StraussNeil, The Game22 Comments

I wanted to  share something I wrote recently, when I was asked to put together a list of ten lessons I’ve learned while studying and teaching the game. I think the following may be useful to many of you doing the Stylelife Challenge or otherwise learning this stuff, and may cut down some of your learning time. For those of … Read More

The Blood-Strology DHV

jgatzThe Game7 Comments

Here’s a classic demonstration of higher value that is perfect for guys who struggle with astrology, runes, palm reading, or other forms of cold reading… While working on Emergency, Neil  learned which blood types are compatible in blood transfusions. The experience made him wonder, “If people put so much stock in astrology and how the movement of celestial bodies affects … Read More

What Separates A Winner From A Loser

Neil StraussNeil, The Game16 Comments

I want to share with you one of the biggest lessons I learned in the last month. It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out since I first started teaching workshops, and noticing that some people excelled while others got nowhere — even though they were both putting in the same amount of work. There was a piece missing that … Read More

3 Updates To The Game And Emergency

Neil StraussNeil, Survival, The Game4 Comments

There’s a lot going on, so I wanted to write a quick post with a few notes and updates. Update 1: Gameliness is Next to Godliness? Some of you who’ve been to certain Barnes and Noble stores recently have written in to report a strange experience: The Game is nowhere to be found on the shelves. Instead, it is now … Read More

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Neil StraussNeil, The Game8 Comments

As you all know, I only email you when I have something to say, whether it’s about the topics in The Game, Emergency, writing, life advice, or culture in general. But today is an exception: Because someone else has something to say. Every now and then, I get a letter in my inbox that I feel compelled to share. As … Read More

10 Most Common Survival Myths

Neil StraussNeil, Survival12 Comments

I’ve been wanting to write this email “rant” for about a month.  But I keep starting it, then stopping it. It’s hard to get the tone right without showing too much frustration: If I thought doing the media circus for The Game was tough, discussing Emergency has unexpectedly been even more of a challenge. In about half the radio interviews … Read More

The Secure Way Is Really the Insecure Way

Neil StraussNeil4 Comments

What do you do? This is the first time I’ve started getting emails in my inbox not just asking for advice about women and writing, but about problems with work and anxieties about money. Maybe this is because of the pending release of Emergency in two weeks. Or maybe this is because every single person I know has been affected … Read More