I've been playing some Direct Game recently, so this was a little bit of a change for me. It was quite refreshing to be delivering an indirect line again, and with this one it sets up a really nice atmosphere for conversation.
I devised this opener yesterday and started trying it out immediately. It works especially nice in Bristol as Bristol is a harbor city and is full of boats and bars along the waterfront. It goes as follows.
So, approach a set (works best with a set as it can start some lively debate and banter.) You start the question as though you're going to ask something sincere and serious..
me - "Sorry guys, I was just wondering if you could help us quickly."
them - "what's up?"
me - "well me and my friend were just sat there along the waterfront having a quioet drink as you do, and we were looking out over the waterfront, we started looking at the boats there..."
them - "ok"
me - "We were thinking how awesome it would be to have a boat like that and cruise up and down the waterfront having our own little party, you know?"
them - "yeah that would be amazing."
me - "Awesome, well... this is where we need your help..."
(up until now everything has been delivered like we're actually going to ask them for something serious, but now the tone changes slightly so that they see it's a joke. by now they're usually a little intrigued.)
me - "So, we decided we're going to become pirates and steal one of these boats, but we need to build a crew first, cos it takes a lot of people to drive those things..."
And there it is. Simple really. Some of the responses we got were
them - "Do you know how to steal a boat?"
me - "Well no, Getting a crew was the first thing on our list, then I was kind of hoping you guys would know how to do it, or we could brainstorm ideas..."
Another girl just got ridiculously excited about the idea and I wonder if she may have thought we were serious. it seemed to spark lots of lively conversation, which is always helpful. And it was easy to turn the conversation into a more general one, then start being quite direct.
By the way, we were using this opener on the streets as opposed to bars and clubs, I don't know if that makes any difference for y'all.
What do you think?