No matter your age, the way to connect with a man in the “I think you’re hot and would be interested in going out with you” way is to flirt.
When I suggest that to the over-40 single women in my dating workshops and coaching programs, I can see them cringe. Most of these otherwise outgoing women have no idea how to flirt with men, nor do they want to. They consider it quite childish, bordering on classless.
I have news for you: Here is what you get when you don’t flirt with nice men: a nice conversation. That’s it. But you’re not looking for a buddy, right? When you meet a man you’re attracted to you want to be seen as a W-o-m-a-n! You want to be seen as someone he will consider asking out.
Here are four ways to flirt with flair and class…and get that date, and the next:
1. Compliment him.
Have you ever noticed that we use compliments to connect with other women? “I love your purse!” “Your job sounds amazing!” “You crack me up!”
Why don’t you do that with men? Granted, it takes a different approach, but everyone likes to be complimented. Men love to know that you consider them to be smart, capable, fascinating and funny. A sincere compliment in those areas will take you a huge step forward toward connection. (Ahem: note the word “sincere.”)
You can tell him he has nice eyes, and he’ll appreciate it. But that won’t go so far as more substantive compliments. A confident, grownup good guy needs to hear more than you think he’s cute.
Tell him when you agree with something he says; ask his opinion; let him suggest a book or restaurant; laugh at his jokes or tell him his business sounds interesting. Tell him you want to know more about something he’s interested in.
Men rarely receive compliments from women. When you do, you will stand out and he will take a second look.
2. Use your beautiful body.
Using your body to flirt does not have to be slutty or silly. Remember how you flirted when you were 22? Much of what attracted those boys in bars is still what attracts men in Starbucks or in your hiking club. .
You can be be subtle but very clear. Stand straight in front of him, feet parallel with his, and make eye contact. Be playful. Brush your hand against his arm or shoulder, twirl and flip your hair, and use open hand gestures.
Responding to this type of behavior from a woman is instinctive, ladies. Men can’t help themselves. He won’t even know what’s happening to him; he will just know he likes you.
3. Show off, sister.
This may be the hardest part for you; it is for many women. We aren’t used to talking about ourselves because we’ve been told it’s selfish and braggadocios. (Yay! I get to use that word!)
You’ve got to get over this if you want to help men get to know you. He’s only going to know how fabulous and confident you are if you get some of your shiny stuff out. Squeeze in mentions of your passions and interests, accomplishments, interesting life experiences, kind hardheartedness and dreams for the future.
You will get attention and get dates by being memorable and just a bit enticing. Don’t tell him long stories. Keep it brief, and if he’s a match for you, he will want more.
4. Show clear interest.
A simple: “I had a great time” isn’t enough. Everyone says that, and it’s likely to be filed under the “maybe she’s just being polite” category. Instead, add something to that. “I had a great time talking with you, Bob. It would be nice to do it again.” That makes it clear that you’re open.
There’s a big difference between this and asking him out. After you deliver this line, stop! You have helped him feel safe and appreciated. If he’s interested he will make a move.
One last note: Remember that if he doesn’t go for your attempts, he probably knows something you don’t about why you’re not a good match. (He’s married, is obsessed with something you don’t like, is not looking for a nice girl, is mad at women, etc.)
Don’t let it discourage you. You’ll get points in your dating karma bank by making him feel good about himself, and it will be easier to do it the next time with the guy who may be your perfect match.
Are you ready to flirt like a grownup? Leave me a comment and let me know. And tell me what’s worked for you!