There may be no more usage of the word "wingman," than on the hit television show How I Met Your Mother. Barney Stinson, one of the show's primary characters, swears by his wingmaning ability and his dedication to the art of being a good bro.
Barney embodied several characteristics that help make up only the best of wingmen. The best wingmen are the ones that you know will help support you. Together you can hopefully create a clear level of communication of each others expectations and break all kinds of ice! Remember above all else, that your wingman is your bro! He was the one that entered the bar with you, and he is the one that is going to hear about your hangover at 4pm the next day.
You may have many amazing friends, but those friends may also not make the best wingmen. It is a delicate balance trying to get to know somebody new. It is even harder if you are trying to do it in a pressurized environment like a bar. That is why above all else, the best wingmen help you always feel comfortable and relaxed. A bro that is relaxed, is a bro that will let his personality show through (which is generally recommended).
For all the positive qualities that a wingman must possess, there are many wingmen out there that would bring Stinson to shame. It is with that in mind that I bring you the dreadful 10 biggest signs your wingman totally sucks and you need a new one ASAP. After all, Halloween is coming!
10 They Steal Your Girl
9 They Are Unreliable
8 They Are Arrogant
7 They Get Too Drunk
6 They Turn People Off
5 Different Bar Timelines
4 They Do Not Help You
3 You Cannot Agree On Who To Approach
2 They Cannot Dance
1 They Won't Talk
You need a wingman out there that can communicate with new people. Your best friend might seem like a great wingman because he’s a great guy, but that doesn’t matter if the girl can’t get to know him. This all centers around both of you being comfortable in your element. A friend that is quiet can sometimes be worse than no friend at all if it adds an awkward tension to the air. Work on easy conversation topics that help create open discussion so that everyone feels involved in the conversation. It is hopeful that your buddy appreciates your efforts to include him, and this creates a longer lasting wingman relationship.
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