Funny intimidating things to say
And until into my 20s, I wasn't very good at talking to girls–having attended an all-boys high-school and a mostly male (engineering) university course (luckily, I now have my wonderful girl in every port and can make both male and female friends equally easy now).
The first years I started to go out, I was always the guy in the corner who would play with his phone or pretend to send a text message, rather than be seen as awkwardly not able to speak to people.
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Not the torturer will scare me, nor the body's final fall, nor the barrels of death's rifles, nor the shadows on the wall, nor the night when to the ground the last dim star of pain, is hurled but the blind indifference of a merciless, unfeeling world.
After all, women are encouraged to be assertive, accomplished and independent; being told that they’re “intimidating” sounds like they’re being told to take all of that back and pretend to be something less than what they are. Are geek guys finding a woman’s accomplishments to be somehow threatening? Because “intimidating” is so subject to personal interpretation, I thought it was best to go to the source: geek guys.
To lower or eliminate those barriers, try one (or all) of these eight strategies.
When you sense that someone is trying to approach you, direct your attention to them to let them know you’re interested, says Jim Bolton, who heads communications and organizational performance consultancy Ridge Training.
Close your laptop screen or put down your phone to signal that the individual is more important than other distractions, he says.
Body language, such as turning toward the person, can also signal that their presence and words matter to you.