Working on your appearance helps as well (tho I dont know if you need to, I am just giving an idea). People are bought by the cheapest tricks. So get yourself some nice clothing, something modern or hip or professional and let your hair be made so your face looks nicer. If you tell to the barber "make me look nicer" they usually know what to do.
Its all about cheap tricks, cause reason and rationality wont help you with people.