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Choosing Pick up Lines That Actually Work

We have some good advice for you on choosing pick up lines that actually work and avoiding ones that won’t. Let’s start out with the right mind frame over here: just like public speaking, pick up lines require SKILL. Period. They have to be delivered in a smooth, natural way. Anything else will just make YOU feel stupid and generate responses that are short and uninterested, if they even respond at all. Pick up lines need to be practiced! And really, if you want to get your game on, you need at least 5 pick up lines to suit the location, e.g. at a bar, at a club, on the street, etc. Picking up women/getting past “hello” on a regular basis is an ART, and every artist must practice his trade. Pick a few lines that make sense and fit your personality. Then practice them in the car, in the shower, and in the mirror. A good pick up line should be delivered with total eye contact followed by a firm silence, if you hope to draw out a response from the ladies.

Pick Up Lines to Avoid

Avoid the creep factor.  “Excuse me, does this smell like chloroform to you?” is probably not the way to get a girl to come home with you.  She’ll probably run the other direction and then call the cops on you for good measure.  Oh no, officer, I didn’t mean to cause a problem, I was just joking…that always helps the situation, doesn’t it?  You definitely won’t be able to call the number she “forgot” to give you and ask her to bail you out of jail. Okay, this may be a bit of an exaggeration…but, really, if it’s super corny, forget it!

The Creative, Poetic, Romantic great pick up napkin

Maybe it’s not your style, but for centuries women have been falling for the creative and poetic pick up lines.  Gifted poets have long been the best sweet talkers, so why not give it a shot?  Give up on the too-cheesy and overused “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” and the “Do you have a Band Aid?  I just scraped my knee falling for you.”  Check out some of these that will make you sound witty, intelligent, and like the one in a million catch you always knew you were but none of the ladies have figured out yet: “If beauty were time, you’d be eternity.”  “For a moment I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Now I see that I am very much alive, and heaven has been brought to me.”  “If I could reach out and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, I’d hold the sky in the palm of my hand.” Now it is true that using poetry may not be your specialty, but trust me, adding a bit of Shakespeare will do wonders to your success rate at breaking the ice and getting her interested. “The very instant that I saw you did my heart fly to your service.” Again, I know that using poetry or Shakespeare may give you cause for pause, but let me offer a twist that will make you want to add me permanently to your X-mas gift list. I have used this several times and it always works like a charm: Send a drink over to the woman in question, but write the pick up line on a napkin and have the waitress deliver it with the drink! It will totally take the whole having-to-deliver-a-line-from-Shakespeare issue out of the equation and is ideal for women with a group of girlfriends. (Why can you never get one of them on their own?!) I had a buddy who put a different twist on it–he would buy proper white handkerchiefs and write a romantic Shakespeare sonnet on each one at home before going out. Then when needed it, he would send one over with the waitress. The girls assumed he had just written it at the bar, and the results were off the charts. What can I say? The ladies are suckers for romantics.

Complimenting Her Appearance

Let’s face it: you haven’t actually met the girl yet, so you don’t have a whole lot to go on.  You just know you think she’s hot.  But when you saunter up to her and say, “Your daddy must be a baker, because you’ve got a nice set of buns,” for some reason she smacks you.  That’s because you haven’t learned that pick up lines that have to do with looks are acceptable only when used correctly.  If you use a pick up line about her body or how hot she is, she’ll know you just want to get her in bed with you and she’ll probably walk away.  On the other hand, you can still compliment her looks with a clever pick up line.  Just stay away from lines about being hot or sexy and focus on ones that call her beautiful, gorgeous, and breathtaking.  They may sound the same to you, but to women, there is a huge difference between being called hot and being called beautiful.  Try complimenting her looks in a sincere, creative way: “If a thousand painters worked for a thousand years, they could not create a work of art as beautiful as you.”  Other subtle variations that work go along the lines of “That dress looks absolutely amazing on you.” It compliments her on her taste and tells her that SHE looks amazing. All appearance type pick up lines need to be framed in this way.

The Conversation Opener

Maybe you’re not a super slick guy and you can never remember any good pick up lines.  Or when you do remember them, you screw them up and end up inadvertently calling her fat and insulting her mom.  So what if you don’t know any good pick up lines?  There are things you can say to initiate a conversation with a beautiful woman without sounding like a conceited jerk as you try to be clever.  One of these is to ask her, “Where were you/what were you doing in [pick a year]?”  This can start an interesting conversation without anyone getting kneed in the balls or walked away from.  Another is to walk up to her and say, “Hi.”  Okay, okay, believe it or not but this is one of the most popular pick up lines that actually work on women.  Many women will roll their eyes at clever opening pick up lines but will welcome you in when you use a simple sincere greeting.  What’s more is that it starts a normal conversation where each of you can be yourselves and fit in the natural, witty humor that normal conversations should be full of.  A starting line where she doesn’t have to try to think of a clever response to your pick up line, where you don’t have to try to remember it and give a perfect delivery, where you both can be comfortable and at ease…where’s the downside?

You may have noticed that I did not actually list a ton of pick up lines in an article about pick up lines. Why? Because you have to make the lines work for your comfort zone and for the situation at hand. You should spend an hour or two and write out lines you like/think you can actually deliver and start practicing them. Anything worth having is worth putting in some work. If you have any great pick up lines or stories you think are great, send ‘em our way and we may post ‘em up!

Update: A reader just sent me a great pick up line that he swears by: “So, how would you feel about running away to Paris with me?” ……ohhhh, the things you can catch….

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