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Introduction ................................................................................................................ 3 Chapter I: Why Break rapport? ................................................................5 Chapter 2: Break rapport - dont sever it! ..................................10 Chapter 3: Verbal Breaks in Rapport .............................................15 Chapter 4: Physical Breaks in Rapport ..........................................23 Chapter 5: Negging, Teasing, and Bantering .......................32 Chapter 6: Disagreements ........................................................................37 Chapter 7: Disqualification .......................................................................49 Chapter 8: Sexual Escalation................................................................ 56 Conclusion ...............................................................................................................61
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INTRODUCTION

REAKING RAPPORT IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL TOOL AND ONE

that I think a lot of people dont use correctly. One of the main reasons that men have trouble when it comes to attracting women, or one of the reasons that people end up getting stuck in the IULHQG ]RQH LV VSHFLFDOO\ EHFDXVH WKH\ GRQW GR DQ\WKLQJ WR VHW themselves apart from what is just a casual friendship. The people you think of as real friends, you usually play around with. You joke with them, wind them up, and tease them. Youre not afraid to point out their mistakes, or failures, and that almost strengthens the friendship. The fact that youre capable of having a discussion with them, and tell them things that might be a little bit awkward, is whats making you a true friend. Somebody they really feel a connection with. People whom you worry about speaking to, like your boss or BREAKING RAPPORT 3

INTRODUCTION maybe somebody whos a friend of a friend, end up being people that you talk to, but nothing beyond that ever happens. So, you could say there are two types of friendships, yet one friendship is definitely, distinctively different from the other. Ironically, a lot of people are very worried about getting trapped in that friend zone. Theyre like, I dont wanna be in the friend zone. I dont want anyone to think of me as just a friend. The truth is, when you actually do meet a partner, when you actually do date someone, you do think of them as a friend, only theyre a friend plus. Theres nothing wrong with getting into that friend zone, provided you know how to get out of it. Provided you know how to take it to that plus. Push it to that extra level so that youre friends plus, and you have an intimate relationship on top of that. The thing thats going to separate those two is doing something to set yourself apart from just a casual person in their life. That something is breaking rapport, which is what youll learn to do in this book. Breaking rapport isnt so much about a concept to understand. Its more about actually doing something and making it happen. If youre somebody who doesnt know how to do it, this is exactly the book for you because we have so many examples to take you through it. 4 ADAM LYONS

CHAPTER I WHY BREAK RAPPORT?

HY SHOULD WE BOTHER DOING BREAKS IN RAPPORT?

:KDWVWKHZKROHSRLQWEHKLQGLW"$UHWKHUHDQ\EHQHWV IURPGRLQJWKLV"$FWXDOO\WKHUHDUHDORWRIEHQHWVIURP doing this. Psychologists have discovered many times that humor is one of the prime triggers of attraction. In fact, The Journal of Psychology did a study in 2009 and published the results of it (McGee, & Shevlin, 2009). It said that humor is one of the main triggers of attraction. Time and time again, if you look at all the different studies from different psy- chologists, youll see that the humor factor is right up there as one of the number one things that triggers attraction. So when were talking about breaking rapport, were talking about being funny in a manner of speaking. Some people just arent born as stand-up comics. Theyre just not comedians and they dont know how to be funny and thats okay. Thats why we have breaking rapport. Telling a joke is really just one form BREAKING RAPPORT 5

CHAPTER 1 of breaking rapport. This book is really designed for people that dont know how to tell jokes, or know how to deliver them correctly and instead, need another way to generate humor. Im going to take you through all of the different techniques and the possible ways to break rapport. You can then use that to generate humor to get some kind of emotional response from the other person, and really get them involved in that conversation. Thus investing in you. Whats very important to realize about this is that not all breaks in rapport are designed just to trigger humor. Some of them are designed to generate other types of emotional investments. You might see some that are going to generate passion, where the other person is going to become incredibly involved in the conversation, even if it doesnt look like theyre enjoying it much. In an initial interaction we tend to start building something known as comfort. Comfort is essentially trust and rapport. Trust that the other person is not going to do anything mean to you. Rapport being that connection between the two of you, usually built on some kind of commonality that the two of you share.

McGee, E., & Shevlin, M. (2009). Effect of humor on interpersonal attraction and mate selection. The Journal of Psychology, 1(143), 67-77.

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WHY BREAK RAPPORT? When were breaking rapport, were seeking to ruin those commonalities and break it up a bit. Make it so that the commonalities that you think are there, arent completely there. Fundamentally, youre both individual people with alternate views on certain topics. You dont always see eye to eye. This is the key reason for breaking rapport. 1. DONT BE A YES-MAN If youre constantly seeing eye to eye with somebody, you could be mistaken for being somebody whos just a follower. Somebody whos a yes-man. Youre just agreeing with what the other If youre constantly person says, and you dont have seeing eye to an opinion of your own because eye with the other you think the other person is so person, you could important that youre just going to be mistaken for agree with them. somebody whos just a follower, Once y oure d oing t hat, t he o ther a yes-man. persons not going to view you as an asset to their life. Theyre just going to view you as a shadow. Someone who just follows them, and does whatever they want. Without that challenge, theres nothing for them to push back against, and theres no desire for them to push themselves. Theyre instead going BREAKING RAPPORT 7

CHAPTER 1 to move towards more challenging relationships. People that are actually engaging with them, making them doubt themselves, and ultimately helping them improve. This is of course is where you want to be. This is why breaking rapport is so powerful. Often youll find celebrities are a great example of this. When people meet a celebrity, theyll try and suck up to them, saying, Oh, you were brilliant in this, you were brilliant in that! While thats nice and the celebrity will be pleasant towards you, it wont cause much attraction between the two of you because youre just the same as every other person thats come up and said that. However, if you meet a celebrity and show them that you can challenge them a bit, make a bit of fun at them (in a way that doesnt upset them), what you may find is that you build a stronger connection with that person. Ive definitely found that whenever I meet people that are incredibly important or very successful in their life, the friendships are definitely built on the fact that Im not afraid to wind them up, make fun of them, or joke with them. This proves that were on the same level, rather than constantly trying to suck up to them. When were breaking rapport, were looking to ruin a little bit of that comfort and make it so that were on equal playing fields. Not just sucking up to them. Ive got my own opinion and Im not afraid to put that across. 8 ADAM LYONS

WHY BREAK RAPPORT? TRIGGER INVESTMENT One o f t he m ost p owerful t echniques to s tart t riggering i nvestment is breaking rapport. If youve seen all my other programs, youll know t hat i nvestment i s t he g oal. I ts w hat youre l ooking to d o. T he concept being that if you can build investment with somebody, youre also building attraction. The harder somebodys working to get you, the more attracted to you theyre going to be. Thats what were looking for. Were looking for that investment. Were looking for: Will they care enough to give us some kind of feedback? Will they care enough to jump on board and tell us about themselves to correct our opinion? Will they jump on board and laugh about what were saying? Breaking rapport is that first step thats going to trigger that investment. That very first moment where youve stopped having to put in all the effort, and the other person is putting in a little bit of effort themselves.

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CHAPTER 2 BREAK RAPPORT - DONT SEVER IT!

like to point out the difference between breaking rapport and severing rapport. This is one of the biggest mistakes and prob- ably the number one thing to look out for when youre putting these VNLOOVLQWRXVHLQWKHHOG Severing rapport is when you completely ruin the connection between the two of you. Imagine that initial connection, that initial comfort as being a very fragile thing. Something youve built up throughout only two, three, or maybe even five minutes time. Its not a very strong construct. You do have some kind of comfort, you do have some commonalities. However, theyre not really built on anything substantial, and they can be destroyed just as easily as they were built. The easiest way to make sure that you dont destroy them is to ensure that the breaks are so small initially, that you dont push them too far. 10 ADAM LYONS

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BREAK RAPPORT - DONT SEVER IT! When you sever rapport, youve essentially wound them up too much. Youve teased or disagreed with them too much, and youve ruined all the comfort youve built, so that they dont really feel theres that much of a connection. They may feel they misjudged you initially when they thought you were really friendly and you guys had a real connection. Now theyre thinking, Oh, I think Ive misjudged this person. I dont really like them. Im not really getting on with them. Thats because youve severed rapport, rather than breaking it. Rather than just listening to something amazing and saying, Wow, thats an awesome breaking rapport technique! then running out in the field and testing it on somebody, take the time to think of using one of the smaller ones. One that isnt so big or grandiose. Maybe one of the handshakes (which Ill explain later on). Something thats small that tests things first. You can always think of it like building up a compliance ladder. If you start with a very small break in rapport and you find that its received very well and theyre very receptive to it, then go for a bit of a bigger break in rapport. The idea is that youre constantly expanding that each time. What I tend to do is start very s mall a nd s lowly g row i t o ut. T hen, a s I f eel m ore comfortable in using the techniques and talking to people, I will stop using the small ones and start with the bigger ones. This of course speeds up the whole interaction. BREAKING RAPPORT 11

CHAPTER 2 If you find that your breaking rapport is getting bad reactions, then youre probably severing rapport. At that point, it might be time to start with the smaller ones and slowly work up into it. How do you know if youve broken rapport correctly? How can you tell if youve done the technique right? What exactly are you looking for? What you should be looking for is somebody laughing or giggling. Somebody having f un w ith you, a nd s omebody What you should investing back into you. be looking for If youve ever heard about just how powerful it is to make somebody laugh or if youve heard a girl say, I have to have a guy that can make me laugh, breaking rapport is whats going to be doing that. Its the technique that makes the other person laugh for the first time. It gets them to put in a little bit of emotional investment and you know that Okay, this is somebody that is willing to invest in me. If you try one of the techniques and you find that they dont laugh or join in with it, then all it means is you dont have enough comfort. I t could a lso m ean t hat you d elivered i t w rong. H opefully reading this book will help you realize the correct way to deliver it, and reduce a lot of that from your game. 12 ADAM LYONS is somebody laughing, or giggling. Somebody having fun with you, and investing back in you.

BREAK RAPPORT - DONT SEVER IT! If you think about my formula of attraction, it works as: (C R) + Q + SE C = Comfort R = Breaking Rapport Q = Qualification SE = Sexual Escalation The reason that C-R sits in brackets is to let you know that you consistently do these two things. You build comfort, and break rapport. Youll constantly be doing this until you start to see the signs of investment. There have been may times when Ive been talking to somebody to build up a good bit of comfort, thrown out a break in rapport, and its just not got the reaction I wanted. The person isnt particularly happy or they dont respond. Instead, Ill just build more comfort, and then break rapport again. To sum up: You know youve built enough comfort when you do that break in rapport and other person responds. Maybe with laughter, teasing, or even better the one thing that lets you know youve got it 100% right - is if they hit you. BREAKING RAPPORT 13

CHAPTER 2 Now, Im not talking about a big slap on the face. Just a little push or nudge. Then you know the break in rapport wasnt just good, but that it really hit home. Thats the moment that you know youve done it correctly, and everything is going according to plan. Youre dealing with somebody who is willing to invest in you. Then your options are either to continue to build that investment while continuing to build comfort/break rapport, or maybe move things on to the next stage. Start to test and use your qualification techniques to really get to know the person.

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CHAPTER 3 VERBAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT

HERE ARE SIX MAIN WAYS TO BREAK RAPPORT. YOU MAY HAVE

heard of these different techniques on their own. Theyre called banter, teasing, or negging and they all trigger the same result. They give that emotional reward of investment. We use breaking rap- port as an umbrella term to cover all of the different techniques be- cause essentially, each of the techniques does the same thing they WULJJHUWKDWLQLWLDOVSDUNRIDWWUDFWLRQ7KHUVWRQHLVVerbal Techniques. Verbal techniques are great because you dont have to be funny, witty, or super smart. All you have to do is remember a simple set of words or games. Something thats going to get the other person thinking. Remember, the whole aim throughout breaking rapport is to get the person to start investing, and theres no better way of doing that than by giving someone a riddle or a puzzle. Imagine that BREAKING RAPPORT 15

CHAPTER 3 up until now youve just been building that comfort. Youve got that connection where the two of you are talking. Everythings going great, but again, you might be carrying the weight of the conversation and you want to shift it the other way. By g etting s omebody to take p art i n a p uzzle, r iddle, b rainteaser, or any other kind of verbal breaking rapport, youre essentially pausing the conversation. You are putting all the pressure on the other person by having them constantly try and guess the different ways to solve the puzzle. Whats great about these is you can find them by simply jumping on the computer and doing a quick search for brainteasers, puzzle games or Mensa games. There are all sorts of different names for them, and of course, feel free to use any of my techniques as well. A very good example is this sequence of letters: O T T F F S S E. You ask somebody to work out which letter comes next in that sequence. A lot of people are going to try to think about it. They might say E comes next because youve got to have two of them and you say Nope. Essentially w hat youll b e d oing i s g iving t hem y es o r n o r esponses until they can solve the problem and work it out themselves. The idea is that you keep them going through it and they will continue investing. Theyre going to keep talking to you and 16 ADAM LYONS

VERBAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT constantly keep trying to solve it. The pressures all on them. The same technique can be reacted to in two completely different ways so you do have to calibrate it and make sure youre using the right one for the right person.

With verbal breaks in rapport with these kinds of puzzles, its very important that you monitor their enjoyment. If the person isnt enjoying this puzzle, then obviously this break has come a bit too early. You dont have enough comfort, theyre not willing to play it, so at that point you might have to go back to building up comfort. Forget the game, try again and go back to it later on. Youve also got to understand that for some people, a verbal break in rapport is a lot bigger than for others. If somebodys naturally mentally inclined, theyre going to find this great fun and an awesome challenge. If somebody doesnt like using their brain in that way, youre going to make them feel really uncomfortable because youve pushed them outside of their comfort zone. Oh and by the way, the solution to that one: N is the next letter in the sequence. If you break it down its very simple. Each one is the first letter of numbers in a basic 1 to 9 situation. O is 1 BREAKING RAPPORT 17

CHAPTER 3 (One), the two Ts are 2 (Two) and 3 (Three), then you got 4 (Four), 5 (Five), 6 (Six), 7 (Seven), 8 (Eight) and 9 is of course N(ine). Whats great is that you can just complete the sequence in front of them if they havent solved it yet and itll drive them mad. Especially when you get to the 20s, 21, 22, its just a sequence of Ts. Again, its great fun because you know something they dont and that gives you power in the conversation. It shows that you have a level of knowledge they dont possess. Make sure to watch the Verbal demo chapter of the Breaking Rapport DVD to see me have an interaction with one of my friends using a number of different verbal techniques - see how she r eacts a nd a dd t hem to your r epertoire o f tools. I r ecommend you watch the video because I take you through a lot of different techniques, and show how they work. That way you can get an idea of not only the best way to deliver them, but also what some of the reactions might look like if you do it correctly. The whole concept behind verbal breaks in rapport are the things you say. Funny, witty games and the whole idea behind them is to try to get the other person to say something a little bit stupid and make them look dumb thats the whole aim. And then hopefully, theyre the kind of person that can laugh at how dumb they are. 18 ADAM LYONS

VERBAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT Heres a sample conversation from the DVD that actually took place between me and a friend. Adam: Hey, can you complete t his s entence? I f you d ont have the least, you have Girl: More?

Adam: Almost; thats good. You could have more or you could also have like the... Girl: Most?

Adam: Yes. Yes, good, awesome. If you dont have the least, you have the most. Girl: I had a long weekend.

Adam: Exactly, nothing wrong. If you dont have the least, you have the most. And youre going to get half these things wrong so dont feel bad, it is going to happen. Okay, if you live by the shore, you also live by the Girl: North?

Adam: Youre like on a beach? It rhymes with most near the sea. BREAKING RAPPORT 19

CHAPTER 3 Girl: Coast?

Adam: Yes! So if you dont have the least, you have the Girl: Most.

Adam: And if you live by the shore youre on the Girl: Coast?

Adam: Thats perfect. And what do you put in the toaster? Girl: Toast.

Adam: Bread. Girl: (Laughs loudly)

The whole trick about those two and the reason they work is you get someone lulled into saying a certain pattern of words The idea here is that once youve been saying those words over and over again, they get used to saying words that rhyme with it. You make an association between a toaster and toast, which is why you say it rather than bread. Heres another one: Adam: Okay, ready for this one? What youre going to do is say silk five times. 20 ADAM LYONS

VERBAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT Girl: Silk, silk, silk, silk, silk.

Adam: Thats pretty good. What do cows drink? Girl: Milk.

Adam: Not milk, water. Girl: (Laughs)

The whole idea behind these verbal games is theyre little tricks you can play on someone to get them to sort of think, What do youI dont get it! and they start laughing because they can laugh at themselves. You learn that the other person is someone who can take a joke, and they learn that youre somebody whos capable of making fun of them. Youre not just putting them up on a pedestal thinking theyre the coolest person in the world. Heres another good one: Adam: Alright, next up, this is a tough one. Youre a bus driver. You go to one bus station and youve got seven people on your bus. Got that so far? Girl: Seven people on the bus.

Adam: You go to another bus stop and three more people get on the bus, okay? You go to another bus stop, four more people get on the bus. You BREAKING RAPPORT 21

CHAPTER 3 go to another bus stop, one person gets on and five people get off. Girl: (Laughs)

Adam: You with it? Heres another bus stop. Four people get on the bus. Go to another bus stop, two people get on and one person gets off how many bus stops did it go to? Girl: (Laughs) Four?

These are really powerful techniques that build up that verbal break in rapport. Whats beautiful about that is that you dont have to use just those examples. There are a lot of examples on my website that you can get hold of, but there are even more you can get by jumping onto Google or whatever search engine you prefer and start hunting for brain teasers. You can find so many different ones. Test them out and use them yourself.

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CHAPTER 4 PHYSICAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT

OMETIMES, HOWEVER, VERBAL JUST DOESNT WORK.

MAYBE

youre in a venue thats too loud. Maybe the music is overpow- ering. Maybe youre trying to communicate with somebody who doesnt speak English, so they dont understand it. You could even be dealing with somebody who just doesnt understand the games. They may be just a little too advanced for them, so they dont react well, and they dont give you the feedback that you need. Maybe they just cant comprehend and understand the games in order to play them. Yet youre very attracted to the person and you still want to build up attraction. Thats where non-verbal breaks in rapport come in. Physical breaks in rapport. Whats great about these is that you dont necessarily have to understand how to communicate with somebody verbally but you can still have that effect. You can still make them laugh. Whats even better about the physical BREAKING RAPPORT 23

CHAPTER 4 ones is its a great excuse to touch somebody. You can build up that interaction from a purely physical basis and start taking things a little bit sexual from a physical point of view. Its an awesome excuse to start touching somebody and make them laugh. If you do make somebody laugh, theyre even more likely to touch back because youve been touching them. Youve got a justified reason to continue to touch them because youre playing some kind of game, and youve got a good chance of receiving reciprocated touch because the other person feels the need to touch you back and build that up. What youre getting there is a good level of compliance, which is a very good sign that youre getting that investment and getting the other person to start building things back with you. I personally believe that throughout an entire interaction you should be touching. Using a physical break in rapport is a really good way of testing that initially, and making sure that its going to be okay to go further. If somebodys very uncomfortable with the physical break in rapport, then once again you know you havent built up enough comfort to get away with touching them in that way. Whats beautiful about that is again we return to comfort. We go back to not touching, or just some simple touching. Maybe 24 ADAM LYONS

PHYSICAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT to the side of the arm, or to the shoulder to keep things more comfortable. Then again were going to move it up and try another break in rapport. What you can also find is if you do a verbal break in rapport and its not going so well, we can then move onto a physical break in rapport and vice versa. If you find that youre dealing with somebody whos a bit of an intellectual, but theyre not particularly responsive to the physical breaks in rapport, you can go back to using one of the verbal breaks in rapport that you just saw earlier. Test that and see how that works. I often find that a lot of guys that are quite natural will tend to move towards the physical breaks in rapport. They make things more fun and flirtatious from a physical point of view because again, its a very natural way for them to build up that sexual chemistry very early on. One very simple classic one that youve probably seen people do is extend your hand to shake theirs, and as they go to grab it you can say Oh! and retract your hand and leave them hanging. Thats going to get really annoying, but that doesnt matter. Hopefully theyre going to want to get you back straight away, and they might grab you or hit you or something along those lines. Whats good about these is I often find that physical breaks BREAKING RAPPORT 25

CHAPTER 4 in rapport create a way to start conversations if you want to bypass that early comfort stage and jump straight into breaking rapport and see what happens. To make sure that youre guaranteed an interaction as well, start at comfort then move into breaking rapport. Then you can qualify and get sexual. However, theres no reason why you cant attempt to speed things up. On the occasion when I am looking to speed things up and test to see if I can make something go faster, I accept theres a higher risk. Theres more of a chance it might not work, but when it does, Ive just saved a lot of time and moved things the way I want to go. The physical break in rapport may be the way that I go to open. If I see somebody from the other side of the room, I can put my hand on my nose and wave at them that way in a teasing manner, just like when you were a little kid in school. WHATEVER, LOSER! Something else that I often do is I point at somebody, and if they point back, make a sort of L-shape with my thumb and index finger and put it on my forehand to indicate loser. This often gets great reactions. They usually do that straight back at me 26 ADAM LYONS

PHYSICAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT and I give them a sort of whatever by making a W by making an L-shape with my left hand and right hand and putting them together. This fun, physical break in rapport game going back and forth with us has allowed us to jump straight into breaking rapport. It works incredibly well because if they think its fun and engaging, then they will join in with you. The only problem is that if you do open with a break in rapport, dont be surprised if every so often it goes really badly. After all, if somebodys had a terrible day and you call them a loser from the other side of the room, they will most likely be upset. So youve got to understand that when you take that risk, theres a chance that the other person may not be happy about it if you use an opener. THE BEAR HUG So with that word of warning, this next physical break in rapport is one of my personal favorites. This is one that you often find really big, dominant, aggressive guys using, and its the bear hug attack. If you see a girl that you havent seen for ages, you say, Hey, good to see you! and give them a big hug. Often if youre standing up, youll pick up the girl and youll swing her around. Little girls tend to get annoyed with this. If the girls quite short, sometimes they dont like it because everyone picks them up, but tall girls love it.

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CHAPTER 4 THE NOSE FLICK This is another one I favor. Ill often use this as an opening line. I dont suggest you do this if youre a beginner because it can go terribly wrong. Some of the hazards of it are that a girl might think youre grabbing her breasts, or that youre being rude and inappropriate. I suggest you only use this if youve got a good sense the girl really likes you. Maybe shes giving you a forced sign of attraction, or smiling at you as youre moving up to her. Basically, you point to the girls chest and when she looks down at it, you bring your finger up and flick her nose. See, its so powerful. Ive used it as an opening line, but even in the conversation. Especially if its serious conversation and she says something like, What am I gonna do about my job? and you reply, Yeah oh by the way, theres something on your chest. THE PUSH Another one is the playful push away. When youre pushing someone away, you have to do it very carefully. Theres a good way of doing it and a bad way of doing it. One of the worst ways to push someone away is to actually push them away. When you push someone away the whole concept is to push yourself away from them. Thats the whole idea. Youre pushing yourself because girls are fragile and little. Theyre in high heels. 28 ADAM LYONS

PHYSICAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT Imagine youre balancing on two little sticks and then someone pushed you. A lot of guys get that wrong, and nobody enjoys that. THE BUTT GRAB Another one of my favorites has got to do with butts. The high five to the butt smack. Go to high five the girl and you miss and grab her butt. Thats great way of doing a fake high five to the butt. Often the girl reacts badly and says (Gasp)! I cant believe you just did that! At which point just offer your butt and say, You can get me back, its okay. This is what you want. The whole idea is to be playful and fun with it. You dont really want to upset people. Its not the real concept behind this. THE AUSTIN HANDSHAKES These are some more of my favorites. There are a lot of fun handshakes. Im pretty sure these originated in Austin, Texas. I cant confirm that, but every time I hang out in Austin, everyone seems to know a lot more of these handshakes. Theres a big thing going round Austin at the moment with all these different handshakes the snail, the turkey, Thanksgiving, the salmon, etc. Make sure to watch them all in the Physical demo chapter of your Breaking Rapport DVD for some hilarious handshakes. BREAKING RAPPORT 29

CHAPTER 4 GRABBING BOOBS The next two are very advanced. The reason that Im making a point to note this is that these are the ones that come with big warnings like Use at your own risk. Im telling you now, long before I explain these techniques, that if used incorrectly can end up with you getting into a lot of very serious trouble. You should r eally o nly u se t hese t echniques i f a) youre v ery confident with the other person and you know you can get away with it or b) youve been doing it for a very long time so you can calibrate carefully in order to get yourself out of it if something goes wrong. If you do decide to take the next two techniques, you are using them completely at your own risk. You have been warned. These are the boob grabs. There are a number of different ways to go about grabbing somebodys breasts and getting away with it. You can do it in a very normal way, but of course in this section, were talking about breaks in rapport, so were going to look at the funnier ways of doing it. The one that I personally like, is where you have a mock fight with somebody. You push them, and you get them to push you back. The whole point is that you want to get them to push your chest. Shell say, Stop that! And when they do that, youre say, No! Thats not how you grab someones breasts. If youre going to 30 ADAM LYONS

PHYSICAL BREAKS IN RAPPORT grab someones breasts its like a cupping motion, see? Its more like this... Thats one simple way that you can get away with it. The second one I actually did at school when I was a kid. It works remarkably well. You get a dollar and you say to them, I bet you a dollar that I can make your breasts move without touching them. All you have to do is put your hands up in the air above your head. Then you grab her boobs and say, I was wrong, you can keep the dollar. You do lose a dollar, though J As you can see, physical breaks in rapport are a lot of fun. You can get some really great responses from people, and really enjoy it. I genuinely enjoy doing physical breaks in rapport. Theyre a lot of fun. Its something I do even with friends and people youre having a sexual interaction with, because it builds a stronger bond between the two of you. Its also a great way of bridging that gap between friends and a real connection. It really does build that connection up. And definitely make sure to watch all the different techniques in the Physical demo chapter of your Breaking Rapport DVD.

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CHAPTER 5 NEGGING, TEASING, AND BANTERING

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ing at the different types of negging, teasing, and bantering. What youre seeking to do in this one is pick on the other person. Youre looking to be mean, but in a playful way. The whole point here isnt to upset the other person. If you upset them, then youve really done this wrong. The whole idea is to pick on them like you would a close friend. For instance, You look terrible, and other similar comments, are too harsh. What you want to do is something that you can get away with, with your friends. Something that isnt too far out there. The key to it is giving a compliment as part of it. So youll say, I love your makeup; its really good. Your makeup, your hair, your jewelry. Its like Lady Gaga threw up on you. Any time you can, 32 ADAM LYONS

NEGGING, TEASING, AND BANTERING give a compliment with an insult. Like a good throwing up, you know? Another one that works great is any reference like Ke$ha, or other similar pop stars. NICKNAMES One of the other ones I really like is bad nicknames. Especially if you can hit them home. It can be like, Hey Freckles, whats up? Or, If the girls tall, you can call her Shorty. Because she isnt short, she wont take it as an insult. Any time you can, come up with some kind of joke or nickname. Something t hats a musing, b ut i snt g oing to u pset t hem too m uch. It can be very easy to take a nickname and make it harmful, and thats NOT the idea here. Its for them to enjoy, and know that its joking. Another one thats great is when you get someones name wrong on purpose. Its obvious that youre doing it. Any of those sorts of things work very well. REPEAT WHAT SHE SAID Our next one is where you repeat what someone says in a BREAKING RAPPORT 33

CHAPTER 5 silly, girly voice. This one gets really annoying. Again, the key to breaking rapport is that youre not always trying to make the other person laugh, but youre making it clear that youre not a pushover. Youre not some Warning: If you can average guy thats going to do see that youre whatever she wants and let her receiving a bad walk all over you. Making fun of reaction from somebody and repeating what something, move theyre saying in a funny way is away from it and annoying, but effective. You can use a different only do this for a certain amount break in rapport. of time before the girl really does get annoyed. CALLING OUT MISTAKES Another great one is calling out somebodys mistakes. If you see somebody walking down the road and they trip up over themselves and you could say, Oh! Buckle! Or, if somebodys yawning you can say, Wow, youre not having much fun, huh? FLOATING BOOBS This is one of my favorite ones based on a real conversation: Adam: You know what? Youve got pretty nice breasts. 34 ADAM LYONS

NEGGING, TEASING, AND BANTERING Girl: Oh, thank you.

Adam: Something Ive always wondered is, do they help with swimming? Are they buoyant? Girl: Do they float?

Adam: Yeah, do they float? Girl: Only the fake ones float.

Adam: But do yours float? This is the question. Girl: What do you think? (Laughs)

Adam: I think they float. Im just gonna throw it out there, they look like they d float. Girl: If a ship was going down, I would suggest you grab onto my body.

Adam: Perfect. So if a ships going down, Im just gonna be like help! And grab onto you. Girl: And then you d probably survive.

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CHAPTER 5 As you can see, the idea of negging, teasing, and banter, is to get the other person to joke and interact with you. Remember, you might not necessarily get away with these in a bar or a public place, so you do need to calibrate these. Calibrate simply means you start small and use simple teases initially, and see how they react. If they react very well, keep it going. If they dont, ease back a bit and dont push it too far. You could always use one of the other techniques.

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CHAPTER 6 DISAGREEMENTS

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ments. Disagreements are very different to arguments. An argu- ment is where the two of you get very heated and passionate. Youve both got your opinion, and youre trying to put it across to the other person to prove that youre right. Thats never any good and cre- ates a very negative situation. In fact, it creates a situation where the other person really doesnt want to have an interaction with you. Theyll move off and have one they actually enjoy. A disagreement is more like a challenge. Youre getting the other person to rethink their point, or elaborate a bit better. If I ask somebody what their favorite food in the world is, they might suddenly reply that they like McDonalds. Thats not a great answer. Its not very in-depth. Im not getting investment or an emotional response, which is what I really want.

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CHAPTER 6 If I say, Wait, doesnt McDonalds make you fat? Ive disagreed with it. Theyve said that they enjoy it and Ive challenged them on it. Im getting them to push back against me, so they defend their original position. If they say, No, its amazing! Even if it makes you fat, it doesnt matter. I enjoy it. I dont eat it that often. Its all about moderation. Whatever theyre going to come back with is a much deeper response. Youll get a lot more emotional investment from them, and thats what Im looking for. Im looking for them to come back and give me a little more investment, so I know that Ive built up enough of a connection. Remember, if they dont really care about you, or interested in you, the minute you challenge them they may come back with, Well thats your opinion, I dont really care about it, and theyd move off. If youre getting that kind of response, and theyre bothering to take the time to disagree with you, then you know youve done it correctly. However, once they give that point, you need to accept it. If you dont accept it, and make them push harder and you never give, then youve moved into that argument territory. Thats exactly where you dont want to be. At that point, youre dealing with something they really care about, and youre making it clear that you dont like it. That can create a sore spot in the conversation, and constantly fighting against each other is never going to work. 38 ADAM LYONS

DISAGREEMENTS At the end of the day, youve got to work out whether its more important to you that you win the argument about McDonalds being unhealthy, or that you generate attraction with the other person. In most instances that Im in, Im happy not to put across my personal v iew a bout M cDonalds a nd i nstead b uild u p a ttraction. Afterward, If I want to have a real debate with somebody, Ill go and have a real debate with somebody. If Im looking to meet somebody and possibly start dating them, we can have a McDonalds conversation 6 months down the line. I dont need to have it right when we first meet. Having a s mall d ebate a t t he b eginning w ill b uild u p d isagreement and get the other person to start giving me information. More importantly, it will prove to me that theyre willing to give the information. That they care about me enough to bother to put their point across is what Im really looking for. So, thats the technique when youre looking to agree with somebody. You can disagree with somebody about absolutely everything. Remember, i ts n ot your o pinion n ecessarily; youre j ust c hallenging their opinion. Youre not just putting across, its more about getting their opinion. If I say, Whats your favorite food? and they say, I like McDonalds. You shouldnt reply with Well, I think Burger King is so much better and this is why Thats not a BREAKING RAPPORT 39

CHAPTER 6 disagreement. In that situation, Im literally just arguing with them. Im talking about things I want to talk about, and Ive changed the conversation. You want to keep it on the original conversation and challenge them. Disagree with them on that point and say something like, Really? McDonalds is your favorite food? I dont believe it. Why would McDonalds be your favorite food? Thats usually enough to get them to explain it to you, and thats really what youre looking for.

Remember: youre not going to see these happy, laughing responses that you typically get with the verbal and physical breaks in rapport because theyre more like games. In this situation, youre looking for that deep emotional response where the person is going to fight back and put her point across. At the point, you know youve done it correctly.

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DISAGREEMENTS Adam: Whats your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite sport? Girl: College football.

Adam: College football. Which team do you support? Girl: Alabama.

Adam: Dont you like your own Texas? Girl: Texas is terrible. The only reason Texas does well is they all have a lot of political pull and they have money. Really, Alabama footballs better.

Adam: Didnt Texas destroy Alabama in the last game? Girl: No.

Adam: Did Alabama win? Girl: Alabama wins every game.

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CHAPTER 6 then I d support them. Heres my deal. If Texas plays any other school, of course Im gonna go for Texas because Im from Texas. My ex is from Alabama and he got me into Alabama football, and actually Alabama is a better team than Texas. So, of course Im going to go for Alabama over Texas, because theyre the better team. Adam: Youre not really a fan. Youre just supporting winners. Girl: No, I really am an Alabama fan but

Adam: Obama fan? Isnt he the president? Girl: Come on, asshole. Im really an Alabama fan, but because they really are a bad-ass team. They won two years in a row. And you know, I never knew until I dated this guy, but do you think that Texas football well, you dont know because youre English, but Texas football growing up is supposed to be the shit

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DISAGREEMENTS Alabama where theres two streets and you either have to join the military, play football or be a drug dealer. Those are your only three options. So Alabama football is way more hardcore. Adam: Texas, youve got to support Texas. Look at TCU, theyre moving up now. Girl: No, because I was at the Texas game and Texas sucked. They were losing to UCLA and I was like, Ugh! It was so embarrassing.

Adam: Forget Alabama, dude. Its TCU. Girl: They suck. They just have too much money. TCU has a lot of money too, but theyre obviously a better team.

The whole point of disagreement is to get something like that going, where youve got an interaction between the two of you and it breaks up. Youre not just constantly agreeing with the other person. One of the biggest mistakes guys make is constantly agreeing with the other person, and the girls think theyre a pushover and walk all over them. So, a very simple way is to ask them their favorite sports team, and to disagree without being rude about it. BREAKING RAPPORT 43

CHAPTER 6 MUSIC Another one you can do is you can pick on someones music: Adam: What kind of music do you like? Obviously, whatever you say Im going to pick on it. Girl: Okay.

Adam: I like that instant defensive. Girl: I like reggae music.

Adam: You like reggae. You should like, get dreads. Girl: I dont want to.

Adam: Because youre such a big fan, and everyone will look at you and be like, That chick likes reggae. Girl: Yeah, thats what I want them to think. Shes a good personality.

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DISAGREEMENTS anything about reggae if they think I do drugs, cause all the people that support Bob Marley, Oh, I like Bob Marley because he smoked weed. No, actually you should love Bob Marley because he was a great revolutionary and did great things for people, not just because he smoked weed. Adam: Secretly do you just pretend you like reggae because you really like Justin Bieber? Thats the truth. See, called you out. Girl: No!

Adam: Youre t rying to h ide it. You really l ike J ustin B ieber. Girl: I dont like Justin Bieber

Adam: You cant hide it. Girl: Okay, thats ridiculous.

And thats the whole point. You want to build up these stories. The more information you get out of somebody, the better, and thats the kind of stuff that youre looking to build. A simple disagreement is a way to do that. Remember, in disagreement youre not completely disagreeing with everything they say. Just a BREAKING RAPPORT 45

CHAPTER 6 small d iscussion a bout s omething t hat s tarts w ith you d isagreeing with their point. You can always come around and agree with their point after that. Thats absolutely fine. You just want to show that youre willing to contest it, and that youre willing to have some sort of disagreement about it to gain more information out of somebody. DRINKS There are so many different things you can pick on. Another one that I really like is on somebodys drink choices: Adam: What do you normally drink? Girl: Vodka.

Adam: And you like to add mixes to it. So you like a little girly, frilly drink. You dont like hardcore drinks like beer? Girl: I do Patron.

Adam: Like straight Patron? So you swing from little girly drinks to dude drinks. Do you like pure-man tequila, knocking it back pretending to be like some big, hard dude?

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DISAGREEMENTS Girl: No, like I will drink vodka all night to keep me stable, then if I want to do shots I ll drink Patron.

Adam: So vodka keeps you stable? Girl: I cant do brown liquor. I get really mouthy on brown liquor, and I think Im cute and then the next day Im like, shit. Were they laughing at me or were they laughing with me? So vodka keeps me cool throughout the night and then if I want shots, I ll have shots of Patron.

Adam: So as you can see... Girl: And its not fruity drinks, asshole. There are tons of things you can make with Vodka without having it be fruity. Adam: Okay, explain to me something thats good that you can drink without it having to be fruity that proves you like a hardcore drink. Girl: Like sweet tea vodka with a splash of lemon.

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CHAPTER 7 DISQUALIFICATION

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ful subject. In fact, its so powerful I may end up doing an entire SURJUDPVSHFLFDOO\DERXWLW,WVVRPHWKLQJNQRZQDVGLVTXDOL- cation. With disqualification, what youre trying to do is prove why you wouldnt be good for the other person. Youre trying to remove yourself from the equation of the two of you dating each other, or doing something together. Why would you do that? Why would you go through the hassle of making it clear that you dont want to have an interaction with a person, and that you dont want to take things further? One of the first things that it does is it removes it from their ability to say it to you.

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CHAPTER 7 If when you first meet someone they say, No, Id never date you so things dont get misconstrued, you can beat them to saying that. It stops them from ever saying to you, Hey, I just want to be friends with you. You stop them from being able to verbalize that because you say it first. If they do say something, theres a potential problem later on with hypocrisy. If someone says, Im never gonna date you then later on they decide theyre attracted to you, its very awkward for them to admit they were wrong. However, if you are attracted to them, its a lot easier for you to change your mind. If you can say, I would never date you because... whatever the reason might be, youre already putting them in that position where the other person cant beat you to the punch. They cant then say, Oh well, I wouldnt date you. They wouldnt get the opportunity to say that. Essentially, disqualification is when we remove the pressure from the other person about whether theyd date us or go and do something with us. By making it clear that were saying no to them, it allows them to question about why were saying no. It shifts all the pressure, making them think, Why wouldnt he want to be with me? Disqualifications a really powerful tool. You dont just have to use it AS a break in rapport. For example, you can use it to SET 50 ADAM LYONS

DISQUALIFICATION UP a different type of break in rapport, such as a verbal game. Maybe you want to find out whether using a verbal break in rapport is going to work with somebody, but youre a little it worried that they may not understand the game. You could use a disqualification to set it up. You could say to somebody, Hey, you know what? Ive got this great game that I want to show you. Im not sure if its going to be right for you because it takes a lot of brain power and I dont know if you can handle that. Theres a simple disqualification. I dont think this is going to be right for you. Im not sure you can handle it. Theyll say, No, I can totally handle it! which allows you to then do that verbal break in rapport. Disqualification is a great first step onto the rungs of breaks in rapport. It creates a nice level of compliance, and its a very small thing that you can throw out there. Hey, Ive got this great handshake I want to show you, but I dont know if youre in the cool club, so I dont think its going to be right for you. Theyre going to say, No, I am in the cool club, show me. Then you get permission to show them that physical break in rapport. One of the big ones is to say, You know what? We would never work. Im far too much trouble for you. You couldnt handle me. I know you think youre a bad girl but youre not. Im bad news. BREAKING RAPPORT 51

CHAPTER 7 The whole idea behind saying it is to get the girl to think, Wait, why are you saying that? More importantly, it stops them from saying to you, I dont think we should date. By beating them to the punch, you remove that ability. Even if the girl says, I never said Id date you, you can reply, You cant take it back, I said it first. The whole idea is that we can bypass that so that later on the girl is never thinking, Wow, I really would never date this guy. Instead shes thinking, Why did that guy say he wouldnt date me? Whats wrong with me? What could I be doing to get him to date me? Adam: You should stay away from me. You know when your mom said, stay away from guys that are bad news? Im bad news. You should probably stay away from me. Girl: What do you do when a girls attracted to that? Why are you such bad news?

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DISQUALIFICATION lets you get away with things that you might not be comfortable getting away with. Disqualification is a very powerful tool because of that. I love this one especially on tall girls: Adam: You know what? Youre too short for me. Girl: What? Im like 6 feet tall! Im massive.

Adam: Yeah, but I like them 61. Another one, also one of my favorites. Say youre having a disagreement. Suddenly you look at the girl and you say: Adam: You know what? This is a fight now. You and me, this is serious. These are battle lines here. This is a fight between you and me. I dont know if were going to be able to fix this. Girl: What if I cross them? What would happen?

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CHAPTER 7 Girl: Thats okay, I can handle it.

Adam: Thats my choice of weapon. My choice of weapon i s m ass s panking o r b ooby g rabs. W hats your choice? Girl: The spankings.

Adam: Then its mass spankings at dawn duel. Girl: I can do it morning, night, whenever.

Adam: Done. Fine, lets bring this. Disqualification is reverse psychology. You get the girl to go the other way. Another great one, and you can mix this with negging, teasing, or banter. You could say, You know what? Youre super cute. I just prefer redheads. To hot girls thats really funny, because they cant imagine that a guy really would choose a girl based on her hair color. She might say, But I can be a redhead. If she said that, shed be telling me a lot more. Shed be telling me that she really likes me, and that shed be willing to consider changing her hair for a guy that she likes. A lot of these techniques need calibration and practice, but disqualifications a much broader topic than just the 54 ADAM LYONS

DISQUALIFICATION breaking rapport. It can really affect someone and shape their behavior. Make sure to watch the Disqualification demo chapter of the Breaking Rapport DVD to see all the techniques in action.

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CHAPTER 8 SEXUAL ESCALATION

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ings, youd be forgiven for thinking, Wait a minute, sexual escalation doesnt come in now. We do sexual escalation at the end. We dont do it in the middle of breaking rapport. While thats true, sexual escala- tion does actually make a very good break in rapport. If youve got a nice, comfortable situation going on and it suddenly gets sexual a little ELWWRRIDVWWKDWZRXOGEUHDNWKHFRPIRUW7KDWZRXOGGHQLWHO\PDNH someone feel a little bit awkward, but if you carry it off and get them to do something that they wouldnt normally do, then you know that youve got somebody who is invested in you. More importantly, you will know theyre attracted to you. Of all the techniques, sexual breaks in rapport tend to be my absolute favorite. I can get people to play out their favorite sexual fantasy with me. One of my favorites is to get a girl to describe the best way of giving a blow job. Ill say, You know 56 ADAM LYONS

SEXUAL ESCALATION what? I often find that all girls say the same thing. Theyre great at giving blow jobs. Yet whenever we get to bed, I find that most girls are not very good at it. So Im curious, do you think youre good at giving blow jobs, or do you think youre bad at giving blow jobs? Again, some girls dont want to answer, but if they do answer and say theyre good, then what theyve done is given me permission to then escalate the If you can get break in rapport further. From there away with sexual I can say, Well in that case, what escalation during do you think is your best blow job breaking rapport, technique? How would you do it? then you can move Give me a description, and I can on and bypass some get the girl to start describing the of the qualification, blow job. If a girl is going to look or at least get at you and describe giving a blow back to it later on. job, of course thats a very powerful element of sexual escalation. Weve now gone past being casual friends that dont talk about sex to people that do talk about sex, and its set me up nicely to escalate things from there. Any time you can build up some kind of sexual escalation with somebody, you know that youve got a very good level of investment from the other person. Theyre emotionally investing BREAKING RAPPORT 57

CHAPTER 8 and now this isnt just some boring conversation theyre going to forget about. Its incredible where you can use this technique. You might think, Thats a little bit far-fetched and I cant believe anyone would do that. Go out and test it. Youd be surprised at just how well it works. Every time we get over a little something, we move it up to the next level a little bit more. The more we build that up, the more compliance we get. When youre using this technique, its all about making sure you know youre going to get away with it because of all that compliance. However, it can go wrong if you dont do it correctly. Luckily, Ive been doing this for a very long time so Im very comfortable with moving things sexual and starting up a sexual conversation. I start with a very simple qualification just to make sure that the girl is okay with talking about sex. Look at the following interaction, where the girls and I got talking about sex. I started out by asking her, How comfortable are you talking about uncomfortable things? and the conversation proceeded to turn to sex: Girl: See, some girls, housewives I know, they only give head on their anniversary and their husbands birthday. But really, you should do that all the time to keep your man around and you should do that if thats what hes into. ADAM LYONS

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Adam: Youre great. I mean Girl: I was trying to give good advice.

Adam: It is good advice. The next point I was going to say is at what point on a first meeting should people talk about sex? Girl: Immediately.

Adam: Obviously! If thats the case, whats your favorite sexual position? Girl: I like lying on the side and

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CHAPTER 8 and have fun. For all you know, the person youre talking to is someone who doesnt hang out with men very often, and the last man she made out with got a little too sexual too fast and she didnt really want that. Sexual e scalation r eally i s m y favorite b reak i n r apport t echnique though. The fact that you can get away with doing almost anything with somebody and get them to laugh. And of course, youve sped up the whole game. If you can get away with sexual escalation during breaking rapport, then you can move on and bypass some of the qualification or at least get back to it later on. Youre already at the sexual escalation stage, and you can move things up from there. Its a very powerful technique to use. What you have to remember is whenever youre using sexual escalation as a break in rapport, youve got to tone it down a bit, or make sure you have a lot more disqualification first. This assures you that you can get away with it. If you do find that the other person isnt receptive, dont worry about it. Youre not really at the sexual escalation stage. All you have to do is tone it back, maybe use a different break in rapport. Get your investment, and then move it up from there. You will be able to use any sexual escalation technique from anywhere as a break in rapport.

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CONCLUSION

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rapport is a very powerful way of getting somebody to enjoy the interaction.

I think of it as almost a brother and sister relationship where they are continually fighting and playing with each other. Thats the kind of thing youre looking to build up with someone youve just met. Youre looking to get that strong connection. The only difference here is that once you get that connection, you then know youve got a good level of investment and attraction. And because youre not related, the only reason youve got that is because youre generating attraction, and youre getting into a situation where it would be very easy for the two of you to develop a relationship together. Breaking rapport is essentially that first spark of investment. BREAKING RAPPORT 61

CONCLUSION Its that initial thing that lets you know that this is somebody whos somewhat attracted to you. It doesnt mean that they want to jump your bones and have sex with you. It just means that theyre interested. One of my instructors says it quite well. He says essentially what theyre doing is because they have become curious about you. Theyve gone from somebody who is just enjoying the conversation and passing the time to Wow, Im curious about this person. I want to get to know them better. More importantly, they want to give you information about themselves, and let you know other things about them. Thats exactly what you want to be happening. You want to get it to a point where they really do want to tell you about themselves. They want to share with you so you can pull out even more information and build a deeper and more understanding connection between the two of you. That technique is known as qualification. It comes straight after breaking rappor. Thats something you w ant to g o a nd h ave a l ook a t a nd p iece together. But breaking rapport is that first step. If you just meet somebody and you try and qualify them and get sexual, youll often find its a failure because the other person isnt used to investing in you or laughing with you. Theyll think, Wait, were just having a normal conversation. Why are you asking me deep things about myself? or Were just having a normal conversation. Why are you trying to make out with me? 62 ADAM LYONS

CONCLUSION Breaking rapport is that halfway gap that enables you to move on to the next phase. Remember, if you dont get that response, or if theyre not investing or putting the energy in, all you do is go back to comfort. Rebuild comfort, build more of a connection, have some more normal conversation and throw out another break in rapport to see how it goes. Ill often cycle between comfort and breaking rapport over and over again until Im getting a good level of investment from them. Then I might escalate the breaks in rapport, or I might move straight into qualification depending on how I feel. I base this on the interaction, and where things are going. But I do build it up until Im happy with the amount of investment Im getting from the other person, and Ive got a really strong connection with them. Lets sum up the whole thing to make sure you got it correctly: First, the reason that we break rapport is to make sure we stand out from the crowd. Were not just an average person that she meets. Were someone that actually has an interaction, is fun to be with, and isnt afraid to tease or pick on her a bit to prove that were on the same level playing field. Youre not just the yes-man. You stand out from everybody else that they know. Its one of the fastest ways to make sure you dont get stuck in that friend zone. If you are uncalibrated and you make a mistake in breaking BREAKING RAPPORT 63

CONCLUSION rapport that they dont like, having a solid level of comfort first is going to let you get away with it. Maybe you should rebuild more comfort and try a different break in rapport. There are a number of different breaks in rapport, whether youre going to go verbal or youre going to go physical. Use disqualification, sexual, whichever technique you want to use. Remember that different techniques will work better on different people. Watch the teasing, disagreements, and negging. You dont want to do those too often. If you do it too often, you could end up upsetting the other person and going into a negative spiral where you both hate each other. Lastly and most importantly, as I said at the very beginning, breaking rapport is not a concept or a theory that you can learn from books. The only way youre going to get good at all of the techniques demonstrated here is to go out and practice them in the field good luck!

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