When you talk to somebody else, that person only knows two things about you:
- What you tell him about you
- What you show him about you
The way you talk about yourself, the types of stories you tell, and your manner of telling them is all part of this, too. All these things both show and tell.
The name of the game in human social interaction is to convey valuable traits, but do so in an adroit way that others can recognize without it being in their faces. This amplifies the value you have on display, because it positions you as a socially savvy man. Social savvy is a key aspect of a man’s attractiveness; in fact, it is one of our four categories of attractive fundamentals.
So you want to tell people valuable things about yourself, but you don’t want to come right out and brag. How can you do it?
One way that we’ll talk about today is by nesting displays of higher value inside entertaining stories that on the surface appear to display lower value.