This is a blog about seeming impressive without actually being impressive. It's not funny to point out humor, but we hope it's funny. We also hope it's helpful.

If it's your first time here, you can find out a little about who you are taking advice from below. We'll also eventually have a small collection of pieces that might give you a good idea of what we're all about here. Right now there aren't many.


I’m a two-time graduate school dropout with a terrible memory. I’m worse than miserable at sports. I’ve had more or less a bowl cut my entire life. I work for the largest tech employer in San Francisco as a user experience designer, but my undergraduate degree (which I did finish) is in Biology, because I’m Chinese. I’ve also started and shuttered my own business, which you could reasonably call a moment of failure.

Despite all of that, I’m (bewilderingly) the kind of person that others think is impressive, but I think they are getting “impressive” confused with “overrated”. That’s where the idea for this blog came from - I started paying attention to the ridiculous things people thought were impressive about me, and realized how simple they really were. All it really takes is to figure out what people’s expectations are and to slightly exceed them. In other words: this blog is about getting a B+ when people expect you to get a B. Say no to As. Say no to graduating. Too much effort. Okay sometimes graduating is good.

Email Chris at topher@howtoseemimpressive.com.


I'm really not impressive. I was unemployed for the entirety of 2013, and have had three jobs in 2014 (more is not better). I can't seem to ever lose weight, and people constantly make fun of me for speaking too loudly and quickly. I currently work in marketing at a startup in San Francisco, which is pretty stereotypical. Previously, I worked in business consulting, and even more previously, attended Middlebury College, where I majored in Mathematics and minored in American History.

My personal brand of faking being impressive is being cocktail party interesting. I don't go to many cocktail parties, though, so I don't know if it works. Basically, it's the philosophy that by knowing stuff that other people don't know (or, knowing just a little more than what they know), you seem impressive, or at least interesting. Actually, the latest feedback I got in the wild about this was my co-worker asking me if I was in sales, so I double don't know if it works. I write about random words, current events, general knowledge, and uh, clothes.

Email Angelo at angelo@howtoseemimpressive.com.