Flirting tip of the day: Plan your small talk and don't be quick to judge

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Wait for his personality to shine through the nerves (and the alcohol)...

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It's day five of International Flirting Week (13-19 February) and we're celebrating with a whole host of flirting statistics, tips and advice from Zoosk.co.uk and flirting expert and social anthropologist, Jean Smith.

We all know that looks are important, but how often have you started speaking to someone you're not attracted to and suddenly they become a Greek god before your eyes? Personality and charm are hugely important when it comes to romance, so it's important that you give this a chance to shine through.

After all, there is more to you than your looks, so the same should apply to the guy you've met at the bar.

Flirting tip of the day: Don't be quick to judge

Even if someone's not your type, flirting with them doesn't mean you're leading them on. Most people agree that flirting is playful banter that helps to break the ice, so as long as you don't follow this with come hither eyes and intimate hand grazes you won't be showing any 'leading on' signals.

This being said, sometimes people will surprise you! We all like to feel special so balance every statement you make about yourself with a question for him. You'll feel the pressure and self consciousness melt away by making him the priority and you'll appear more confident, secure and polite as a result.

According to body language expert and Invisalign ambassador, Judi James, it's a good idea to plan your small talk, especially if you're the sort of person who freezes in nerve-racking situations.

You don't need to read off a list of 20 questions. Just start interesting conversations and practise 'active listening' where you listen to what he says and pull something out of that for the next conversation thread.

The key is to be polite, enjoy harmless banter and learn more about someone's personality before you dismiss taking your flirting up a gear.

What do you think? Leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning a £100 goodie bag.

FLIRTING TIP OF THE DAY NO.1: MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

FLIRTING TIP OF THE DAY NO.2. LEARN HOW TO DO 'TOUCHY FEELY'

FLIRTING TIP OF THE DAY NO.3: BE CONFIDENT AND FEEL COMFORTABLE

FLIRTING TIP OF THE DAY NO.4: MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT AND WATCH OUT FOR HIS 'SIGNALS'

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