You are standing right beside her and are currently tasked with catching her attention. She has to notice you–by God it was you who saw her from the corner of your eye; it was you who walked over here! If that isn’t courage, then you would be better off engaging the girl talking to the water cooler!
Take a deep breath. Loosen up a bit.
Ah, is she turning? Her eyes find you and a smile spreads on her face. She says, “Hello.”
Brilliant work, my friend. You have succeeded up to the point where others back down–walking up to the girl you’ve had your eyes on since she first walked into the room. Truly, well done; now all is left is to talk back. Go ahead. Say something. Don’t stand there stuttering! And…you missed your chance; either way she was smiling at the guy behind you…yes, that guy.
Time for review:
The first thing you missed–saying hello back, even if it was not to you. Don’t you know girls like it when you intrude on their conversations? Kidding, of course; everyone hates it when people intrude on their conversations. Take Anti-Eavesdropping 101.
The second thing–
Nope. No second mistake because you didn’t make it past the first step.
What? A retry? Sorry, pal, she walked away; and unless you cross paths on the dance floor the chances are slim she will know your name by the end of the night. But maintain hope–she’s going to have to refill her drink at some point…and would not it be a coincidence if you were standing there at exactly the same time?
Searching for her, are we? Not a bad plan…could be refined. Watch out for the tall guy carrying the tray–ouch, you probably have to pay for those drinks. Go ahead and brush past the gossipers; and–my, my, you did find her.
Okay. Take a deep breath. Loosen up a–
You forgot to loosen up! Flexibility is essential!
And now you’re reaching for her shoulder–amateur–wait, she is turning and it is a smile; and she says, “Hi there.”
Tip number one: say “Hello.” The rest is rocket science.