Are You Turning Women Off?

You may know better than to trot out cheesy pickup lines or drown your dream date in unwanted free drinks, but there are many more land mines to sidestep on your way from your first hellos to your first date.

Passing Her Physical Exam

Yeah, it sucks, but appearances count big time when it comes to attracting the opposite sex. That doesn't mean she expects you to be a GQ model - she just wants you to smell good, be clean and not have anything hanging from your nose. Don't forget your manners, either - it's hard to look sexy when you're burping, spitting or adjusting your crotch.

Fine Tuning Your Flirting

Flirting is supposed to be light and playful, skirting around the big issues with sexy innuendos. Stay in the shallow end of the pool until you get to know each other a little better; steer clear of potentially touchy subjects like sex, exes, weight or finances. Stick to neutral topics like what she's wearing (by, say, admiring an unusual piece of jewelry) or her sexy laugh.

Softening the Hard Sell

As great as your recent trip to Tibet, big promotion at work, and brand-new car must be, self-promotion looks arrogant, not appealing. Make that first meeting all about getting to know the other person. Not only will you get to be the mysterious, alluring stranger, but you'll actually have something left to say for later dates.

Tweaking Your Body Talk

Eye contact only works when it's layered with a little mystery - making that stranger you're hoping to impress wonder if you're interested, or simply being polite. Gawking at her goods kills the thrill. And that goes double for groping them! It's way too early to be touchy-feely. You can convey your interest in subtle - and not slimy - ways by keeping your elbow grazing, knee touching and hand holding strictly G rated.

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Try These Pickup Lines

  • Hey, babe. Nice tooth.
  • Do you know karate? 'Cause your body sure is kickin'!
  • I'm not a music teacher, but I can make you sing like a choir.
  • Know what's wrong with you? Not a damn thing.
  • Hey! I'm not being picky. Why are you?