Be more intimidating
In this context, intimidation is essentially just the feeling that somebody's able to outdo us.
Much of handling intimidating people thus lies in stopping that comparison, or in reassuring ourselves we've got plenty of points to fight with.
Once you understand what's driving that feeling in your gut, you can tackle it head on.But you can identify the main points you want to bring up and practice saying those in a few different ways.Standing proud and tall communicates to the intimidating person that you can't be pushed around, that you're sure of yourself. As social psychologist Amy Cuddy discusses in her well-received Ted Talk, good posture actually can the feelings of confidence you hope to portray. Science has proven that there are "mirror neurons" in the brain that respond to elements like facial expression and contribute to empathy, so if you adopt an approachable demeanor, you can get back what you give.For example, do they seem stressed themselves at the moment? Respond to those cues and ask yourself how you can serve them with compassion and genuineness.Small gestures or a kind word as you speak can be incredibly disarming and serve to build a better long-term relationship.
The only time anybody has tried starting something w/ me is when I'm sitting down...