Dominate social interactions by proving yourself.
How do you take reign as the most interesting person in the room at a party? This question is not a simple one to answer. Some people seem to do it naturally- however, they are actually making carefully calculated decisions with every action they take, and with every conversational point they bring up. One must take into account the exact context of the social interactions at work to decide on the proper actions. If you can successfully decide upon the right balance between risk and reward in these social scenarios, you can become the most interesting man in the room. And from there, it is only one step up to become the most interesting man in the world.
Before the social event even begins (whatever it may be), one must be prepared. This is the most appropriate time to consider the halo effect. The halo effect theorizes that one perceived desirable quality about a person influences the perception of other desirable qualities. A stylish person is therefore perceived to be smart, for example, upon first impression. Capitalize on this effect in your social context. Prepare by dressing to impress- a snazzy watch, good shirt, and nice shoes are all it takes. Make sure the clothes match the social scenario. Utilizing the halo effect gives you a head start when meeting new people- they will already be captured by your style. Their initial perception of you will be favorable, and you will be able to dominate the conversation.
Once you make sure that your looks fit the scene, go there ready to dominate. Upon arriving, size up the area and the social context. When you begin chatting with someone, or several people, try to find out exactly how judgemental they are. This is the single most important variable to consider when choosing your interactions during a first impression. For more judgemental individuals, you should use lower risk, lower reward remarks. Otherwise, make high risk, high reward claims that cement the first impression while maintaining civility appropriate for the context. As the conversation continues, ramp up the level of conversation as you tune the topic towards mutual interests. Continually make efforts to ascertain each converser’s personality characteristics as you do this, in order to provide remarks suited to their sensibilities. Give the impression that you are highly knowledgeable in the subject area being discussed. Confidence is key, as well as eye contact. Speak with certainty, and consider all cases. These keys will ensure your conversational dominance, both in the single event, and eventually, in the world.