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It Pays to Play It Cool

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It Pays to Play It Cool

First date

Let’s say you’re starting to vibe with someone you like. Maybe you met them on Twitter or you matched on Tinder. Now it’s time to give your keyboard a break and meet face-to-face. All of a sudden, the charm that reeled her in is replaced by heart-pounding anxiety. To make matters worse, there’s something we tend to ignore about anxiety — it’s contagious. If you’re visibly nervous, your date is going to pick up those bad vibes and reflect them right back to you. The best way to kick pre-date nerves in the nuts is to set realistic expectations and remember that first dates aren’t as high stakes as we pretend they are.

Negotiating a discount

No store owner is going to take you seriously if your sweating buckets while asking for a lower price. Nothing screams “bullshitter” like sweat stains under your armpits. The biggest mistake you can make when you’re negotiating is trying to be reasonable. Start with a ridiculously low offer. The person you’re negotiating with won’t outright refuse, they’ll probably make a counteroffer. You’ll walk away with more money in your pocket and they’ll think they’re their master negotiators.

Job interview

You can study at the best university in the country and an employment most men would sell their left hand for — all of that means squat if you stutter through your job interview. Unless you’re excited by the idea of living off your parents’ goodwill for the rest of your life, you’re going to have to look for a job. And when a company calls back, you’re going to have to put on an act at the interview. Because that’s what interviews are — an act. In real life, you don't laugh that enthusiastically at a lame joke, or extend that much respect to strangers. The best thing to do is prepare. Learn as much as you can about the company, get there early and prepare your outfit the night before.

As far as male grooming is concerned, go all out. Use an eyebrow brush to shape your brows, some face primer to smooth out creases and pores, and some foundation for even skin tone. Don’t forget to douse yourself with Axe Ice Chill body spray. The smell of Frozen Lemon and Eucalyptus, coupled with 48-hour freshness, are more than enough to take the edge off.