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‘‘God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.”
V I C T O R H U G O
There are two types of flirting: social and romantic. Social flirting helps the world go round. There are many situations (work do’s, parties) where some light, enjoyable flirting, with someone you have no romantic interest in, is appropriate. Successful social flirts put those around them at ease; they recognise the line between fun and sleaze.
Romantic flirting has a purpose. A background information check is essential – is your target single, married, is your best friend also interested? A few secret smiles and some careful eye contact (no staring) is a good starting point. Conversation should be kept fun and light, with the opportunity to include a few teases and gentle physical contact (a touch of the arm, a light nudge).
Successful romantic flirts recognise when to stop and move on, but they also know how to leave someone wanting more.
Flirting is all about being appropriate. Never flirt with your best friend’s other half, or your partner’s best friend/ brother/sister/mother/father. Men should remember that flirting is subtle; wolf whistling, shouting to get attention or bottom pinching doesn’t count.

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