The ONE Posture Trick That Will Get You Whatever You Want

It's called the "Kindly Brontosaurus," and it's nothing short of magic.

Just in time for Thanksgiving traveling, Slate has reprinted features editor Jessica Winter's life-changing tip from 2013 on how to get what you want (i.e. the last seat on that packed flight).

Winter believes that, after successfully using it multiple times, the posture has "hypnotic, even occult powers."

One time, right before Christmas, she kindly gave up her seat on an oversold JFK-to-Heathrow flight for cash and frequent flier miles. She had second thoughts, though, and managed to convince a gate agent to put her back on the flight — even after the gate had closed. How? Well, duh: the Kindly Brontosaurus.

Here's what it should look like, according to Winter:

This technique can work on other people beyond gate agents, of course. The Kindly Brontosaurus got her into a concert without a ticket, allowed her access to a closed area of a museum, ushered her to the front of a 1,000-person line for a celebrity reading, and helped her persuade a former boss to completely change course on a project.

But why does it work? Winter asked Dr. Lillian Glass, resident body language expert on Dancing With the Stars and Millionaire Matchmaker:

This gives a whole new meaning to "lean in," but I'm sure Sheryl Sandberg would approve of it. So, do it — lean in — with a genial, herbivore-like facial expression, and you'll have the entire world in your gently clasped hands. Your grandma is going to be so thrilled you're finally on time for Thanksgiving dinner.


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