Begging is not exactly a noble pursuit, but if you're going to do it, do it well.
Step 1: Look nice Look nice. When Dress for Success author John T. Malloy wore a shirt and pants and asked people in Manhattan for money to get home, he collected $7. When he put on a tie, he made $26.
Step 2: Stand in front of bakery Stand in front of a bakery. Studies show that pleasant aromas boost generosity.
Step 3: Use pique technique Use the "pique technique." Research shows that asking for an odd amount of money—like, 37 cents—is usually more successful than asking for a quarter, because people assume you have a good reason.
TIP: Hide your wine bottle. Beggars who look like they'll use the money for drugs or alcohol get fewer donations.
Step 4: Hold sign about them Hold a sign that's about them—not you. One marketing intern convinced a panhandler to switch from "Help me. I'm homeless," to "If you give once a month, please consider me next time"—and her intake soared.
FACT: According to one study, males give to panhandlers four to one over females.