How to get Attention from Multitudes
A mathie's way to gather glances at you
It is a problem everyone encounters at one time or another — no one
lavishes attention on you. No one recognizes you and you are all alone in
the corridor. You try every method in the book and everyone else still gives
you the cold shoulder. After trying out these methods ourselves, we
conlcuded that the following methods will get you the attention you
- Wander around the corridors
You may be thinking that only weird people walk around without any purpose
or apparent destination. Those people are actually some of the best at
gathering people's attention. People will pay attention to them and think
to themselves, "What are these weirdos doing?" Even though the attention you
get may not be positive, you are bound to garner glances from people you
- Hang out in a place where there is a heavy flow of people
When you go to a place where there is a lot of people, someone is bound to
notice you. At worst, you are earning glances in your direction. At best,
someone may think that you are alone and invite you to join their group. Be
careful of who you crash into, though, as you could run into the wrong
group. For best results, use this method along with the next.
- Join the conversation
This method is best used when you actually know what the people are talking
about — you will get yourselves pinned into a corner if you don't. Also
be sure that the people you want to talk to are (or at least look)
non-threatening. Always leave an escape route as you can talk yourself into
trouble. If you talk yourself out of a jam or your comments are
thought-provoking/witty/consoling (depending on the situation), you can gain
much more than the attention of the people you are talking to.
- Join a prominent group
If you join a prominent group, you will get the attention you always crave
for. You will get to meet a lot of interesting people in and outside the
group. For best outcomes, you should join a group where you can meet people
from outside the group. Who knows? If you are willing to pull your weight
you may get the attention of the people you want to be close to. MathSoc is
one of these places, but go around to see what fits you best.
- Write for a popular publication
Many shy people write to garner people's attention without getting their
faces red. One can use a spot on a publication to get into the spotlight.
Ym is full of people from the above group (well, not really. Most of
us are pretty outgoing). The point is, when you write for a magazine,
a newspaper, or a newsletter, you get to tell the world what is on your mind
and for a brief moment, you will have the attention of your readers. If
everything goes well, you will get the attention of many, and isn't that
what you want?
(Warning: Some of the above advice may not give you the desired results.
Be wary in using these methods — you may garner the attention of the
Jason Lau and Mark McDermot
Special to Ym