Single and ready to mingle

For those of us who work full time, getting out there and meeting new people can be a total mission.

Something that used to be so easy (remember all those varsity parties?), seems to become increasingly difficult as you age – most men are already committed, or you simply don’t get the opportunity to meet someone new.

While swiping left (or is it right?) is the ‘in thing’ nowadays, it can take a lot of effort to wade through thousands of profiles – only to realise that the filtered photo that drew you in does not quite match the real life person… #awkies!

So, what does a single-and-ready-to-mingle woman have to do to cross paths with Mr. Right?

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Here are three tips for meeting a man the old-fashioned way:

1. Say yes and try new things!

Single men are everywhere. So, if you’re not meeting anyone new, chances are, you’re hanging out in the wrong places.

Try a new coffee shop, walk in a different direction on your lunch break, head out with a different group of friends!

Say ‘yes’ to everything that involves meeting new people – including that blind date your sweet neighbour wants to set you up on. Who knows, her grandson may indeed be the perfect match for you!

2. Make eye contact

We’re so used to turning to our phone for companionship when we sit alone in a public space, that we don’t realise we are giving the impression we are closed off, and ultimately unapproachable.

The next time you sit alone in a restaurant or coffee shop, look up (not down!) – and make eye contact with those sharing the space with you.

If you see someone you like, flash a smile which will let them know that you’re open to being approached.

3. Don’t be scared to take the initiative!

Why do we always expect the guy to make the first move? Especially when we all know that men don’t have clue when it comes to approaching women!

If you’re out and about and someone catches your eye, go over to talk to them.

What have you got to lose?

It doesn’t really matter what you say, all you need to do is make light conversation – if it’s meant to be, the rest will flow naturally from there.