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Approach women naturally as an introvert

Introverted men face unique challenges and unique opportunities when approaching women.

In a world of extroverted, gregarious guys all over Hollywood and your neighborhood bar, what are you supposed to do?

How are you supposed to feel comfortable approaching a woman around men like that?

Let’s look at the special challenge and opportunity you face as an introverted guy:

Approach for Introverts: The challenge

As an introverted guy, it can sometimes feel like every other guy got the “handbook” to attracting, approaching, and dating women except for you.

I totally get that.

Also, it’s just not the case!

Approaching women in a way that feels really good for both of you is a SKILL.

The great thing about skills is they’re buildable. No one is born with a skill. Skills are, by definition, something you can build.

You’ve likely heard all kinds of advice telling you to go out there and approach a woman (who you may not even like!) as a loud, brash, unsavory guy.

They’ll tell you…

  • Stop overthinking it. Just go for it, man!
  • What’s the worst that can happen?!
  • Approach just to get practice; it doesn’t matter if you like her or not!

Oh my gosh, this is exhausting even to type. I imagine it’s exhausting for you to be barraged with all day too!

So, Pro Tip: Unsubscribe / unfollow all the jokers giving you that kind of advice. Because you’re about to get actually helpful advice on approaching women as your own naturally genuine, attractive introverted self.

Approaching genuinely is so much better than the alternative, and as an introverted guy, you actually have an inherent advantage built into the way you’re wired.

The introvert-exclusive opportunity

Being an introverted man means you’ve got several very attractive traits already:

  • Mysterious
  • Easy to be around
  • Fresh perspective
  • Intellectually stimulating
  • And many more…

All these qualities make you feel refreshingly genuine to women who are also authentic and warm themselves.

These are qualities you can’t fake. You can only bring them out naturally by being and feeling comfortable in your own skin.

When you can imagine what it would look and feel like to successfully approach a woman as an introvert, this strengthens your confidence and sense of self, both in general and around women you feel attracted to.

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What successfully approaching a woman as an introverted man looks like

This is how it looks and feels in your body and mind to make a connection with a woman.

For you to approach a woman with ease and confidence, you must feel GENUINE.

You must be true to yourself.

At Introverted Alpha, we help guys attract women naturally without having to be someone they’re not.

Reason being, the self-actualization required to do that is as fun or more fun than the actual approaching and attracting women part!

Our clients tell us they feel more like themselves than they have in years or ever, by focusing on connecting with women in a way that suits them, that is all their own.

One of the principles of doing this is what we call the “un-approach” approach:

The “un-approach” — making a genuine connection

To approach a woman as an introvert in a way that feels natural and warm, there’s one thing you must do:

STOP thinking of it as “cold approach.” (!)

Consider how counterproductive the term “cold approach” is to what you actually intend on doing when approaching:

Exploring a warm, human-to-human connection.

COLD approach… So awful!

  • A cold touch makes all of us shudder.
  • A cold word makes all of us cringe.
  • Cold anything makes us all contract away.

So, why are we doing anything related to cold approach?

No, that is NOT how you want to approach a woman, lol.

Instead, you can focus on building WARM connections that feel good for everyone.

This means feeling drawn to who she is, not just the shape of her body.

(Because no matter how many guys told you that you should think of women in terms of physical 1-10, that never sat right with you.)

It means exploring a connection together, not pushing your agenda onto her and onto you in the process!

(Remember, pickup-artist style approach isn’t only disrespectful to her; it is to you too.)

It means connecting over shared values like genuineness, connection, ease, fun, and meaning.

To find your own personal deepest core values out of a list of more than 100, download our free ebook here.

How to approach women in a natural, un-rushed way

There’s a phrase we say often around here that our readers and clients really resonate with:

“The biggest cause of lack of connection is the assumption of disconnection.”

I cover this more in depth in my conversation guide for introverted men.

For now, I want to zero in on how this relates to physical touch when you’re first meeting a woman.

There are three stages of touch that we teach at Introverted Alpha:

  1. Friendly Touch
  2. Flirtatious Touch
  3. Making The First Kiss Inevitable

When you’re just meeting and starting a conversation with a beautiful woman, you want to focus on that first stage: Friendly Touch.

Reason being, it shows her two things:

  • You’re comfortable in your own skin.
  • You’re comfortable around beautiful women.

When she sees these things in you, she can feel much more attracted to you. You are a powerful, confident man, and she likes it!

Approaching women as an introvert does not have to be awkward — especially not once you learn these skills.

One way to show her this kind of connection more viscerally is through touch.

How to touch her

After you approach a woman and you’re starting a conversation with her, notice the moments when you feel closer mentally or emotionally.

When bonding over something one or the other of you has said, here’s how to touch her:

  • If sitting, you can lean in and touch her on the hand, arm, or knee.
  • If standing, lean into her lightly with your shoulder or arm for a second or two.

This is a casual and friendly way to bring in touch, and it feels natural when you’re sharing a laugh or making a point.

Pro Tip: The more you weave in this kind of friendly, easeful no-pressure touch, the more it will start to feel like “you” and how you are.

Reason being, it’s natural for us to connect with each other. So challenge any assumption about yourself that “that’s just not how you are.”

Maybe you’ve not been one to touch up to this point, but who says you never will be or can’t be?

You may end up delighted that the very touch you deep-down craved all along starts to feel as natural as breathing.

Remember how you’ve learned other skills before (touch is simply a skill), and be open to that level of ease happening for you.

Let it be easy

Approaching a woman as an introverted guy can be much more successful when you take these principles and simple practices into account.

This is so much more genuine and refreshing than the classic pickup-artist approach. (Thank goodness!)

Now let’s look at how to front-load the work so that it becomes easy to approach a woman as an introvert.

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Front-loading the work so approach feels easy

Knowing what you have to offer and what you want in a relationship makes it easier to connect in a natural, mutually beneficial way.

There are things you can know and imagine doing in advance, so that the whole process becomes that much easier and more intuitive in the moment.

Maintain a strong sense of confidence.

When you’re about to approach a woman, knowing what you bring to the table is paramount.

It’s the only way to be and feel on equal footing with her and her beauty.

For a deep dive into that, check out my free ebook on finding your personal vibe and why pick-up doesn’t work for introverts and what works instead.

The result is you’ll have a much clearer understanding of yourself and what makes you attractive as you approach her and afterwards as you get into a conversation.

Also, getting your hands dirty by getting involved with this whole topic brings your best qualities more top-of-mind for you.

When it’s top-of-mind for you, that helps bring out your particular vibe and charm for others to see and enjoy during approach and otherwise.

What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket. What you think about yourself shows up to others.

If you have a nice, relaxed sense of confidence in your best qualities, that feels really nice not only to you, but to others (including that beautiful woman checking you out across the room).

Have a selective mindset.

Here’s how to overcome your fear as you start to approach a woman:

Reframe the entire situation.

Rather than thinking, “She is definitely attractive, and I may or may not be attractive,” realize it’s actually the opposite.

The truth is, “I am definitely attractive, and she may or may not be attractive. Let’s go find out!”

“But Sarah, how can you possibly expect me to say that I am definitely attractive? I’m not Hugh Jackman!”

To that, I reply, “Go do the exercise in my ebook I mentioned above, and relentlessly review what IS attractive about you until you really get it!”

When you understand why and how you are attractive to women, everything changes.

You feel like a BADASS, and you notice women noticing you. Which in turn makes you feel even prouder of taking great care of yourself and being a successful man.

As for the second part of that sentence, “She may or may not be attractive,” how can that possibly be true? You see her with your own eyes, and she is STUNNING.

Well, let’s hold our horses.

Are you sure about that? Can you really get a good look at her, or are you still several feet away?

Beyond looks, do you have a good enough sense of her vibe and how she comes across?

If she seems cold or rigid, is she really your flavor of beauty? Probably not.

Remember it’s not just the shape of her body; much more goes into whether she is actually attractive to you or not.

Having these standards will give you a lot more confidence as you approach a woman.

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How to approach a woman in your day-to-day life

You’ve front-loaded the work using the advice above, and now it’s time to approach — but what do you say?

Read our list of top venues for introverted men to meet and approach women to easily get a sense of the best places to meet women in the first place.

Anything you say should be pointing out something you notice in the moment.

Not a rehashed “line” and not a fake-feeling forced string of words.

Anything that comes out of your mouth should be a real thing, that you feel and that you notice.

Along those lines, here is how to point out something you notice, what to say in different situations, and what not to say.

Point out something you notice

While you can always go with our classic fall-back, “I noticed you, and I had to come say ‘hi,'” the best way to start a conversation is by pointing out something you notice.

It has to be relevant and immediate, which sounds harder than it is. It’s quite simple, actually.

The first step is to get your noticing skills on!

Anything relevant and immediate you notice that you can start a conversation about will fit somewhere within these three categories:

  1. You
  2. Her
  3. The Environment
Read our Conversation Topics + Tips: Guide for Introverted Men to learn more about using those three topics of conversation.

Every time you approach a woman, one or more of these will be low-hanging fruit for you to connect with her about.

Let’s get into how to apply this to different situations where you’ll be meeting women.

What to say in specific situations

Here’s how to apply the above broad topics in various situations about different things you notice as you approach a woman.

Are you out and about?

An observation about the environment is a very chill way to get a conversation started.

You can say something like, “It’s a beautiful evening!” (But only say that if it actually is!)

If her drink looks delicious, you could tell her so and ask her what it is or make a more detailed comment about it.

If the music has been really good tonight, if the yoga class was intense, if there are lots of great people there tonight… those are all things you can observe and say to her as you start a conversation.

If you have a hard time coming up with something specific, you can always say, “I noticed you, and I had to come say, ‘hi.’”

Are you at a class or group that meets up regularly?

Bond over how long you or she has been going.

Have you seen her there before or not? Is this class/studio new for you, or are you a regular?

If it’s your first time there, you could say something like, “This is my first time here. Have you been before?”

If you’ve been there a few times and have seen her before, you can say so and add, “but I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m so-and-so.”

If you’ve been there often and have never seen her before, you can say so and ask, “Is this your first time or have I just missed you?”

Is there something about her that caught your eye?

Share a genuine compliment about her.

This is more direct that the previous two ways, so if it’s not your style, don’t do it. But if you’d like to, understand that when you’re genuine and laid-back, it’s a wonderful thing to give her!

For example…

  • If her dress looks amazing on her, tell her so.
  • If she has incredible hair, tell her so.
  • And if she holds herself well and is very graceful, tell her so.

What not to say

One really important note: Never say something just to say it.

You know the pick-up guys who tell you to ask her for directions when you don’t need them? She can see through it in a second, and you feel nervous for good reason doing it anyway because you know you’re being insincere.

There is no need for that at all! It’s not only about respecting women; it’s about respecting yourself.

Respect her enough to be straight with her and genuine. Respect yourself enough to only say what you mean, not some line another guy told you to say.

Now you have a great head start in knowing what to say and what not to say as you approach a woman you’re intrigued by.

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Overcoming Approach Anxiety

With the right mental skill set, overcoming approach anxiety becomes second nature.

“I’d like to be confident enough to go up to a girl I’ve never met before, but that’s not how I’m wired.”

Have you ever said that to yourself?

If you think that’s true and set in stone, I’m telling you right now that it’s not. It’s just not. (This is liberating!)

Talking to a woman is not something you’re either “wired” to do or not.

It is a SKILL to BUILD, and you can build that skill.

That said, it is normal to experience approach anxiety, which is simply a reflection of cultural, social, mental, and emotional experiences:

  • the way you were raised
  • the religion you practice
  • your high school friends and acquaintances

If you’re having a hard time approaching women, it means those experiences have in some way shaken your perceptions of who you are, what you want, and how things should be.

They have settled deep into your psyche and formed the barriers that inhibit your actions, thoughts, and confidence.

It is normal to feel sad about that, or angry. That’s normal, so it’s important to be tender with yourself and accept those feelings if you’re having them.

It’s okay for you to feel how you feel about that.

And we can do something different, starting now. We can make a new way for you, where you start to feel more free from approach anxiety.

Here’s how to approach women as an introverted man without the anxiety. We’ll take it in three steps:

Step #1: Recognition.

At its core, approach anxiety is fear:

  • “I’m not good enough.”
  • “Approaching a woman isn’t polite.”
  • “I’m too shy to say anything interesting.”

Fear causes anxiety and makes you feel extremely uncomfortable.

That’s okay!

Recognizing these thoughts along with their anxiety-causing effects is the first step.

Even the simple sensation of wanting to approach is a win for you.

You are becoming bolder and more sure about what you want and who you are, which naturally (for every human being, not just you) raises anxiety and stress.

Guess what? With this realization, you are changing, and even a small change can have impacts on multiple levels of your psyche.

Step #2: Processing.

There are only two ways people can judge the way you approach a woman:

(1) Curiously assess your skill level.

OR

(2) Look down on you in a condescending way.

It’s your job to process these two reactions ahead of time.

Anxiety stems from fear of #2, the condescending reaction. Totally natural.

Take courage in this, though: a condescending judgment always reflects badly on the person doling it out, especially since it often comes from jealousy or self-unhappiness.

Do you see that?

If a woman responds to you in a way that is demeaning to you as a person, her judgment loses its validity and therefore its sting.

Think of it like this:

If she is cold and unhappy, we wish her the best… but who cares what she thinks about you? It is meaningless at that point.

The curious skill assessment of #1, however, can be refreshing.

Usually done in an objective, analytical, even friendly way; the observer is setting harsh judgement aside and assessing the situation out of mere curiosity.

If she assesses your actions in a way that provides a learning experience for you, perfect! You might even ask for her feedback if there is a natural opening for that, as it might be useful.

The whole vibe of a skill-level assessment is positive and friendly.

Does that make sense?

The benefit of all this mental processing is that you win either way.

You are aware and prepared for any interaction, knowing how to observe whether someone is in a #1 or a #2 space and then responding accordingly.

In summary:

  1. There is no reason to be afraid of honest, open assessment because that can be helpful.
  2. There is no reason to be afraid of people who are judging in a critical way that reflects poorly on them.

Step #3: Building a Strong Self-Identity

Becoming less anxious about a woman’s response to you and being more engaged in the moment are two key elements of A STRONG SELF-IDENTITY.

When you develop this, you’ll be completely comfortable with your unique value. When you approach a woman, this comfort will radiate from your body language, voice, and words.

You’ll be focused on the attributes you bring to the table, not the imagined shortcomings in your head. It’s the playful, “Why not me? I’m an awesome guy,” vibe.

Women LOVE that.

While a strong self-identity does not pop up overnight, it doesn’t have to take years either.

One way to move progress along is to look for little signs you’re going in the right direction.

Note your internal state (does your body feel more relaxed?) and your external verbal and nonverbal feedback from others.

Keep your eyes open to other people experiencing you differently: as a more relaxed, comfortable version of yourself.

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Conclusion on Best Approaching a Woman

Remember, the #1 person to impress is yourself.

As for any expectations you do have on yourself…

Make sure your self-expectations come from YOU, not from other people’s agendas for you.

When you’re caught up in other people’s expectations of you, you lose sight on your own preferences, personal points of pride, aspirations, and values.

All those get crowded out when other people’s expectations are taking up all the front-and-center space in your head.

Here’s what to do to give yourself a confidence boost whenever you want or need it:

Whenever you notice other people’s expectations crowding in, consider just one adjective of your very own that you’d like to be in that moment, one thing that you already are a lot of times.

Maybe it’s calm, collected, fun, mysterious, engaging, warm, curious, compassionate, focused, laid back, or welcoming.

Then direct all your energy into being THAT the best you can in that moment. It’s fun!

You can do this as you approach a woman or anytime you want a boost.

For more headspace support, read our guide on developing strong introvert dating mindset.

Working on the context around this skill: dating and self-development as a whole

I hope this article has been helpful for you!

My team and I can work with you directly to help you build not only the skill of approaching a woman, but all the skills around that:

  • Strong sustainable self-concept
  • Genuinely attractive vibe and presentation
  • Selectivity about the right woman for you
  • Knowing where and how to meet those women
  • Moving things forward towards a date
  • Developing chemistry and intimacy
  • Self-actualizing in the process

To learn more about how we can accomplish this together in our dating coaching program for introverted men, visit our Program page. You can also listen to real clients’ reviews of our program here.