I was out today at a party and I thought I might try out my skills (lack there of?) in the cocky-ness and confidence department on this woman sitting next to me at the table and it went horribly pear shaped. I have no idea how exactly and how to get out of it in the future. I was trying to be cocky, funny and confident when I was talking with her and then after a quick, comment I asked, which I think wasn't that cocky she accused me of staring at her too long, (3-4 seconds at the most I thought, nothing too creepy) and that's when it all went wrong and she started to respond to my cocky statements with scarcastic and patronising replies. So I switched off the cocky-ness and went into normal chit-chat small talk mode but this still didn't help me to recover. Unfortunately because it was a luncheon I couldn't exactly get up and go to another table, I was stuck where I was and couldn't make an exit and she was only getting more and more unimpressed with my conversation. It was if she could see right through my act and caught me out. If the situation was different I would have personally aborted the conversation and left immediately as soon as I sniffed I was going down in flames (I assume thats the best thing to do). It wasn't all bad however because when I began initially she was opened up to me (in body language and kept brushing my leg with hers), and then when I started to crash and burn her body language closed off to me (crossed arms and legs).
I am no PUA by far, I can admit that, I'm a noob, so for all the pro's out there, please feel free to comment and in particular comment on what to do if the cocky-ness routine starts to go wrong, and why it goes wrong.