--The "Car on Fire" Opener
This is an example of a real life situation that I adapted into a good Drama Opener. This one is good to use with solitary targets or groups in pretty much any situation.
"Hey guys, you won't believe what just happened to me.
I was eating dinner with a few friends of mine at this restaurant, and all of a sudden, we hear this scream. And we look up and see a car in the parking lot with smoke billowing out of the hood!
And the girl who owns the car is out there freaking out. So the first thing that runs through my mind is "This car is going to blow up!"
So I get up and tell everyone to get away from the windows and to the back of the restaurant.
But instead of that, everyone whips out their cell phones and digital cameras, and runs outside to start taking pictures of the car! Meanwhile, flames are engulfing the hood of the car, and all these people are standing not five feet away taking pictures!
Can you believe that? I mean, why would anyone endanger their lives for a few stupid photos!"
(If they ask what happened, use this Resolution)
"Well, eventually the fire department shows up and tears the hood of the car off so they can put out the fire.
As they were doing this, one of the firemen was yelling at everyone for videotaping everything and not seeking shelter. It was quite exciting.
I got some really great pictures to remember it by too."
So the Resolution to the story is that you ended up doing something which you criticized others for doing as well, which will usually get a laugh.
But you also paint yourself as a man of action by taking the initiative to try and save people by telling them to get away from the danger.
--The "Street Brawl" Opener
If people go to enough bars or clubs where over-testosteronized guys consume copious amounts of alcohol, chances are they've seen fights break out. So stories where you talk of witnessing fights outside of clubs and bars are relatable to pretty much anyone, but no less exciting.
This Opener works best on mixed groups that contain both men and women. "Hey guys, you won't believe what I just saw.
I was outside of this club, right, and there was this BIG guy outside with a mohawk. And he was arguing with this little preppie guy over something, I don't know what.
And all of a sudden, this mohawk guy just CLOCKS the other dude - hard!
Not only does he punch the guy, but he follows through with his elbow, so it's like a straight 1-2 hit!
And the guy who got punched just stands there for a minute, like his brain doesn't quite realize what just happened, and he falls straight back onto the concrete like he's stiff as a 2-by-4, and just lays there looking straight up into the sky with his eyes wide open.
And everyone's looking at this just stunned. And this guy isn't moving, isn't even blinking, and I'm thinking "Crap, this guy is dead! He's fucking dead and I'm a witness!"
(If they ask what happened next, use this Resolution)
"Well, his friends helped him up and the guy snapped out of it and he started talking shit again. So the mohawk guy comes back and tries to throw down, and their friends are holding them apart.
Eventually the cops show up and everyone gets arrested. The funny thing is, these guys who got arrested drove their girlfriends to the club, so these poor girls were stranded.
Me and my buddies ended up taking them to get something to eat and then home. We're lovers, not fighters, you know?
But I'm sure those guys worked out their differences in prison."
This Opener is meant to show that you're more of an intellectual than a ruffian, and that you look down your nose at physical violence, and prefer to be a good lover as opposed to a good fighter, as you imply with the resolution of the story.
--The "CatFight" Opener
Like the "Street Brawl" Opener, this one has to do with two GIRLS fighting as opposed to two GUYS.
There's a different dynamic when girls fight because in a way it's more rare and interesting to hear about than guys throwing down.
This Opener works best on groups made up of only women.
"Hey guys, you won't believe what I just saw.
I was outside this bar, and there were these two girls arguing with each other. I guess they used to be best friends or something, and one of them stole the other girl's boyfriend.
All of a sudden, one of them grabs the other by the hair and DRAGS her down to the ground!
And they're on the ground clawing at each other and slamming their heads into the concrete, and the guy they're fighting over is standing there with his friends LAUGHING at them, like it's sooooo cool that he has two girls fighting over them.
Can you believe that?"
(Next, use this Resolution.)
"Yeah, I'm a real cold-hearted BASTARD, aren't I? Actually, I'm curious, would you ever fight over a guy like that?"
The "Cat Fight" Opener is meant to be a fun, entertaining story that implies you're somewhat of a ladies man, albeit jokingly. But it also leads into a conversation as to whether the women you are talking to would ever be passionate enough over a guy to fight over him.
--The "G-String" Opener
I got this one from Croatian Pick-Up Artist BadBoy, who teaches men how to pick-up women in his live in-field workshop.
It's a good, funny Opener that deals with the kind of relationship faux-pas many girls love to talk about. You can find out more about BadBoy at his website www.playboylifestyle.net.
"Hey guys, you won't believe what's going on with a friend of mine and his girlfriend.
They've been dating each other for six months now, and my friend really loves her. But they had this big fight a few weeks ago, and she went to visit her mother to cool down.
While she was gone, my friend was so depressed, that he ended up hooking up with some random girl he met in a club.
Anyway, a few days later, his girlfriend comes back, and she finds this girl's thong panties under the bed, and she KNOWS this thong isn't hers.
So she confronts my friend on this, and he lies and says that the panties are his! And that he likes to dress up in women's underwear. So I don't know if his girlfriend knew he was lying and just wanted to punish him, or if she really is into this or not, but she said she thinks that's really kinky and wants him to wear women's underwear around the house.
So he's been doing this for a few weeks now and is absolutely. MISERABLE!"
(Next, use this Resolution)
"So I think he should just come clean and let his girlfriend know what happened.
What do you guys think? How important is trust in a relationship?
Or do you think some things should remain hidden, even if it means being miserable?"
This is a pretty funny story, and the resolution is one where you open up further conversation about relationships, something women love to talk about.
Sometimes, the girls will even think you're talking about yourself! To which you can reply shyly "Yeah, it is me. But it's STRICTLY a comfort thing, okay?"
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