Flirting for Experts

Warning: Before attempting the following moves, make sure you have mastered basic flirting skills. If these moves aren't handled with the proper finesse, your crush will flee town. These moves work best if the object of your affection is a person you already know and see on a regular basis.

Ask specific questions about his or her life. Flirtation is about appearing interested in the other person. Don't try to prove how great you are and talk only about yourself. But remember that there's a difference between asking questions and interviewing a person. Just appear casually interested.

If he or she mentions a significant other, don't panic. You should probably respect the fact that your sweetie is taken, but if you're the persistent type, here's some help. Don't ignore your competition. Ask about the significant other. Appearing interested in your crush's love life will make him or her think you're nothing but a friend. Many great loves have bloomed from friendship.

Pay close attention to what he or she says about their lover. Now that your crush thinks you're friends, he or she may outright say what sucks about their relationship. Or the clues to what sucks about his or her significant other may be more subtle - watch facial expressions and body language.

Be everything your competition's not. If she outright says, "My boyfriend got wasted last night. It was so annoying," immediately say, "I haven't gotten drunk in ages." If she seems upset that her boyfriend is working again this weekend, immediately say, "I don't believe in working on the weekends."

Send e-mails to your crush. Don't overdo this and for Christ's sake, don't forward along joke messages. Send original e-mails that are witty and funny. It's easier to flirt over e-mail than flirting face to face. Warm up her inbox, then warm her up in person.

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Try These Pickup Lines

  • I've got $10!
  • What time do you get off? Can I watch?
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  • Could you do me a favor and tell your boyfriend he's a lucky man?