There are two main philosophies for teaching pickup. One, led largely by David DeAngelo and Real Social Dynamics, is all about the theory. They make programs for someone who’s thrilled if they walk away from a seminar with a few good tips … and two or three interesting books to read.
The other is focused on the practical. This is, after all, how the original bootcamps started. Mystery and his first instructors would watch their students in the field, and correct them. No long discussions about evolutionary psychology. No abstract philosophizing about man’s “dark side.” Just a simple, “No, go here, say this, stand like that. Boom.”
As you might guess from their name, Pickup101.com is firmly in the second camp. They approach pickup with a bravura style and a giant dose of don’t-give-a-fuck (even bragging on their website of stealing a few students out from a David DeAngelo seminar to teach them some practical tips in three hours.)
There is something immensely appealing about this approach. Now, don’t get me wrong, I really like the theory. I think it’s fascinating, and I love learning to apply abstract concepts. But that’s me – not everyone. And heck, sometimes when you say “Hey, I’m struggling in this area, can you help me?” you don’t want a long discussion on inner game, or a dense analysis of cutting-edge scientific theories. You just want to know what to say.
If that’s how you feel, then Pickup101.com might be the right choice for you.
They offer workshops – priced on the low end of industry norms – focusing on basics and on day game. They want you on your feet and approaching women. You won’t be sitting in a chair listening to a lecture with these guys, no – you’ll be out there confronting your fears head on, and learning by doing.
This trend continues through their packaged material. No theory, just “Charismatic Conversations” and “Physical Confidence” – DVD and audio programs with specific, direct focuses. “Dress For Success,” “Fearless First Impressions” – each of this school’s programs pick a single, specific topic and focus on it like a laser. Most of these programs take the common approach of a being a filmed lecture in front of a select audience, and the speakers are consistently well-prepared and engaging. Lecture series are mostly available on either CD or DVD, depending on which you prefer.
Another one of their popular programs is “Spy-Cam Seductions.” No, get your head out of the gutter, this isn’t pornography. Rather, in line with their other lessons, it’s simply a practical demonstration of their lessons. Again, practice, not theory.
There is a ton of good material here. The only possible downside is that the laser-like focus on specific areas means that you can sometimes struggle to get a broader overview. If you like this material – and a lot of people will like it because of it’s practical hands-on approach – you may end up buying lots and lots of material from them. But if it works, that’s really not such a bad thing, is it?