I didn’t immediately accept the invitation. And then, my Googling gave me a bit of pause. Apparently, Anthony and his convention are tied to the Pickup or Seduction Community (here, too) and some of the word on the street is that it’s just all about superficial pickups involving the skill of the con, going for the physically acceptable but intellectually weakest of the species human with vagina, and making the most of it. For a night.
But I’m glad I looked deeper. After all, casual glances at me often give people the impression I’m just an angry blogger when in reality, I’m trying to make things a bit more interesting than is my impression of a lot of stuff out there. So, after checking things out, learning of who has spoken there before (mentioned in the video interview, below), noting what a serious young man Anthony Johnson is by skimming his blog, I decided to accept. And if you’re so inclined, you can attend too.
Now, here’s the post of Anthony’s that really clued me in on what I was dealing with and made me affiramatively decide to pitch in and help: The PUA Community? – and Its Cardinal Sins (PUA: "Pickup Artist").
Regarding which coaches to avoid, oh boy. I do not even have a specific answer for this question, because the PUA Community is packed to the gills with thieves, liars, and shady business practices – but then again, how many coaching industries aren’t? …
Which brings me to one of my final points in response to your e-mail – the cardinal sins of the PUA Community. …
- Cardinal sin #1: Encouraging you to place anyone’s judgment over your own.
- Cardinal sin #2: Stemming from #1, give primary concern to observations (responses from women and your environment), and secondary concern to your own thoughts and emotions (if at all) in any given situation.
- Cardinal sin #3: Success with women requires compromise.
Well, that’s just bare excerpts and there’s a lot more in that post that I find quite impressive. So to sum it up for me, I’m convinced that this is a needed and wholesome movement, which Anthony and I discuss in a video interview lasting just under 10 minutes. [Do note that Anthony was kind enough to push forward on this scheduled interview even though his house had been broken into and robbed only hours before.]
The 21 Convention Interview with Anthony Johnson from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.