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Romantic Interest

How to truly connect and show you care without making a big production of your efforts to get closer to someone.

What do reality TV shows such as The Bachelor, My Mum/Your Dad, and MAFS have in common?

Other than being binge-worthy, you get to witness people exchange painfully embarrassing banter in the hopes of a romantic connection.

Though it is highly entertaining to watch, it’s not as cute when you have to go through it in real life. Relationship expert Linda Prescott, from Ideal Introductions, is sharing her fun flirting, non-cringey techniques with My Weekly Preview ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Exude confidence – Quiet confidence is what you should aim for and it’s about knowing your self-worth, minus the arrogance.

Pay compliments – Give a genuine compliment (no cheesy pick-up lines). This shows how you really feel about their outfit, personality or looks.

Touch them subtly – Subtle skin-to-skin contact can indicate romantic interest. If it’s mirrored, then your interest is likely being reciprocated. But be careful not to make advances that are inappropriate.

Smile like you mean it – When you are truly attracted to someone, your whole face will light up when you smile at them, and that is the look you want them to see.

Make them laugh – Gentle teasing is playful: a flirting technique that works to capture the person’s attention and create banter. Just remember to keep teasing kind and light-hearted.

Do something nice – Offering to walk them to their car, deliver dinner to them during a late night at the office, or help fix a leaky tap show that you care about their wellbeing.

Slip their name into the convo – Using the person’s name when you’re talking to them is an easy way to try to create an immediate connection.

Hold that eye contact – Holding eye contact adds intimacy to the situation. If your love interest is across the room, try to catch their attention, then hold their gaze and smile before looking away.

Find more from Linda Prescott at


For those in a happy relationship who choose to mark the occasion, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show your love for someone.

While tradition often dictates roses, chocolates or romantic dinners, a simple post to social media of your favourite recent (or golden oldie) photo together is a nice touch.

For a thoughtful gift, why not have the photo printed out and framed?

Maybe you’ll test your competitive side at bowling or mini golf, get active and hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or enjoy a night at the cinema.

If staying in is more your vibe, why not cook dinner together and pick a film or board game to play afterwards?

Sexy scents

Scent is a powerful element in the laws of attraction. So, there’s nothing that quite sets the mood like a great perfume. Whether you’re looking to impress on a first date or spice up the romance after years together, here’s some scents Linda says are sure to wow.


  • Giorgio Armani Sì
  • Dior Pure Poison
  • Tom Ford Santal Blush
  • Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense.


  • ​1 Million Prive Paco Rabanne
  • Yves Saint Laurent L’homme Ultime
  • Jimmy Choo Man Intense
  • Bvlgari Man in Black.

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