Enough to break the ice.
Here are a few not-too-painful pickup lines for shy people:
1. Keep it simple and direct. Smile and introduce yourself.
2. Recruit a wingman/wingwoman. Have friends casually introduce you to their single friends at parties.
3. Give a specific compliment. If you’re in line with a cute stranger and you like her hat, say so. Small talk about winter headwear might lead into an opportunity to ask her out.
4. Ask for a recommendation. If you’re at a holiday party, ask the single gal next to you if she’d recommend the mixed drink she’s sipping. Everyone enjoys being an expert.
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5. Comment on the surroundings. “I feel totally overdressed for this event. I always fall for the ‘formal’ in the ‘semi-formal’ dress code.”
6. If there’s music, ask him/her to dance.
7. If a cute stranger holds the door open for you, offers a helping hand or pays you a compliment, thank him/her — with an accompanying smile and intentional eye contact.
8. Find something you can bond over. If you’re a dog lover, head to the dog park where you might meet someone equally passionate about canine friends. If the cute co-worker is wearing a shirt from your favorite band’s latest tour, strike up a conversation about your (obviously) great tastes in music.
9. Acknowledge your shyness. “Hi. I don’t know anyone here and I’m horrible at meeting people. Can we pretend we’re friends so I don’t feel so awkward?”
10. If you’re too shy to use pickup lines, use that to your advantage. (No one likes them anyway.) “I wish I could get away with using hilarious and endearing pickup lines, but I always screw them up. So, hi. My name is______.”
This article was originally published at eHarmony. Reprinted with permission from the author.