how to gain the prerequisites to learning social engineering?
#1
So I know that social engineers have good social skills. How do I gain the social skills needed to do social engineering? People say generally my social skills are ok with a few flaws. Are there any books I can read to supplement going through life learning social skills and then transition into learning it applied to hacking or in SEing in general?
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#2
I think when we talk about social skills there is no other way of achieving them than being social...
Practice them. Books and conferences might help you giving some ideas, but it's such a practical field you actually need to go out there and challenge yourself.
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#3
Kind of a no-brainer question too be honest. Instead of thinking "how to I gain the social skills for social engineering" I think it's better to think of it like "How do I build up my social competence so that I can talk to people with confidence". It's really just a question of getting out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself to environments you feel vulnerable in.

Instead of turning down those invitations to parties, declining positions like the student council or having second thoughts about public speaking. Say yes, and don't think about it. Be like yes-man. Anxiety comes with the package, but as I see it. It's like jumping into a lake of cold water. Sure, it's cold at first and your body will be in shock. But you will get used to it, and your body will produce endorphins to make you feel good as a result of it.

Instead of spending your life avoiding anxiety, avoiding risks and staying inside your comfort zone. Come to terms with your fears and anxiety, and understand that having anxiety is okay and we will all have it; it's here to stay. But we will overcome it. To reach success, you need to take risks. And to be successful also means failures. So being ankward in social situations or having nothing to say is completely fine. As you will use your failures to improve and become even better.

Can't say I follow everything I preach. But I'm working on it, self improvement that is :p
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#4
I, uh... did a thing.

->8 part intro series

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/08/17/se-foundations-series/

->Links/books etc (not updated in a looooong time)

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/05/26/blog-roll-links/

-> google search
-> query
site:reddit.com/r/socialengineering books

Same for other subs.
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#5
(06-10-2018, 07:06 AM)sten0 Wrote: I, uh... did a thing.

->8 part intro series

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/08/17/se-foundations-series/

->Links/books etc (not updated in a looooong time)

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/05/26/blog-roll-links/

-> google search
-> query
site:reddit.com/r/socialengineering books

Same for other subs.


Sten0 knows what he's talking about check out his thing. It might be uncomfortable because his things seems so big at first but you'll get used to it. Also: Yes, yes, the sexual innuendo is on purpose.
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#6
(06-10-2018, 07:06 AM)sten0 Wrote: I, uh... did a thing.

->8 part intro series

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/08/17/se-foundations-series/

->Links/books etc (not updated in a looooong time)

http://sten0.ghost.io/2016/05/26/blog-roll-links/

-> google search
-> query
site:reddit.com/r/socialengineering books

Same for other subs.

Great work man! I've only skimmed across it a bit but I look forward to reading it more in-depth! Smile
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#7
@Vector - it's just my pants... the pleats... optical illusion!

My writing style is a bit "condensed" - aka lots of links/refs to "more info". So it might look a bit daunting but I tried to make it "stand on it's own".

@Insider - thanks! I prefer criticism to praise so feel free if you ever get around to it.
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