5 Pick up lines that actually work

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Traditionally, pick-up lines are seen as sleazy and ineffective. But let’s face it – whether you’re online dating or out in the physical world, you need an icebreaker. And this doesn’t have to mean using a generic, clichéd question or joke to initiate conversation. A genuine, friendly opening line can go a long way, so here are some great conversation starters to get things rolling!

  1. Compliment them

Approaching someone with a compliment not only shows you’re attentive and interested enough to notice a nice feature about them, it also gives them a confidence boost and increases the chance of conversation developing further. The key is to be sincere. If you’re naturally drawn to someone, stop and ask yourself; why? Perhaps you liked their eyes, their laugh or an interesting tattoo. If an online match caught your eye, what was it about their profile photo that attracted you? Whatever stood out to you – tell them with a simple, “Hey there, I couldn’t help but notice your…” Extra points if you can make them blush!>

  1. Point out something you have in common

They say first impressions are everything, and often someone’s physical appearance will reveal something about their values and interests, which is a great starting point for finding common ground. If online, you could mention something from one of their photos (“I see you’ve done a lot of travelling – I’ve actually been to Africa recently too!”) or maybe ask that person in the coffee line you’ve had your eye on about what music they’re listening to. You’ll find many clues and opportunities for establishing common ground once you tap into them.

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  1. Make them laugh

A lot easier said than done, but laughter is the perfect ice breaker if you can pull it off! And seeing if you share a similar sense of humour is a great way to test your compatibility. The important thing is to use your creativity and surroundings, because what will come naturally to you will be unique to the situation and your sense of humour, while a generic joke will likely come across as awkward and desperate.

  1. “Tell me something about yourself”

Most people tend to revert to asking, “what do you do for a living?” But this can put a lot of pressure on the person to impress you, and the truth is that most people would rather talk about their passions and interests. The great thing about this line is that it’s completely open-ended, leaving it up to the other person to share their favourite personal attributes with you and steer the conversation from there.

  1. Hi, my name is…

If all else fails and you find yourself in a knot of nerves, you can always pull out this simple yet effective line. We often put pressure on ourselves to come up with the wittiest and most creative way to approach someone, when sometimes all we need to do is introduce ourselves and see where things go from there!

Our final word of advice is to always put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself the question first. Because if you’re not prepared to answer your own questions and talk about your ambitions and interests, how can you expect to connect and build a genuine rapport with someone? At the end of the day, nerves are normal and let us know we’re onto something special, so don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and approach that person you’ve had your eye on.

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