722: Brian Brushwood | Scam Your Way into Anything


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Brian Brushwood (@shwood) has spent the last 20 years entertaining and teaching people how to harness the deceptive (and self-deceptive) skills of scientists, spies, criminals, and con artists. He is the author of Scam School: Your Guide to Scoring Free Drinks, Doing Magic, and Becoming the Life of the Party. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Brian Brushwood:

  • Why being interesting isn’t a gift — it’s a practice.
  • How fixed action patterns help us get others to do what we want them to do. (Important note: for good — not evil!)
  • How to control a conversation by asking the right questions.
  • The best way to convince someone to help us? By making it their idea.
  • Why we’re all susceptible to being duped in spite of our highly developed human brains — and how practicing magic can train us to be more resistant to the fraudulent.
  • And so much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/722

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