Kim, a divorced woman of 51, is one of my over 40 dating coaching clients who complained to me this am in her session about a new guy she just met. Kim has a lengthy list of criteria about the men she will date. Still she manages to meet several men every week without fail. Men seem to be every where she goes – no shortage for Kim. Unfortunately, 99.9% don’t measure up.
Red Flag #1 – He’s Not Divorced
Sunday night, Kim met Phil at a local restaurant/bar that she frequents. It’s an upscale place that attracts a solid over 40 crowd. She met Phil who is a good looking guy of 48 who is not quite finished with his divorce. (Hope you are reading this and thinking – Red flag)
They had a great time at the bar. Fabulous banter ensued. He’s got a great sense of humor, is very intelligent and up on what’s going on with the world, engaging, and the right chemistry. Kissing in the parking lot followed the evening of fun.
Phil got Kim’s number, said he’d like to take her kayaking under the full moon and out for drinks next Friday night. Told her he’d call to shore up the details.
Kim’s First Mistake – Prompting
Tuesday, Kim sent him a text – just something light and funny to “prompt” him. Kim wanted to reinforce her interest. (Oh no Kim, not “prompting”) him. If you’ve read my stuff or heard me speak you know I consider this the error zone. He already asked her out and she said yes. How much more interested does she need to be?
Kim feared that Phil might not follow through – that’s the real motive behind her actions. And so, in the hopes of ensuring her date for Friday night, she sent him a harmless text.
Is this a big deal? Well it’s not the end of the world. One little light-hearted text isn’t a lot of chasing. But I do believe the best course of action when a man asks you out is to say yes, and then do NOTHING. Let him call you, follow up, set up the date. You just show up, enjoy yourself, be appreciative and make him feel good if you like him. Nothing more is required.
Kim’s Second Mistake – Trying to Close the Deal
Well, Phil did call her by the magic Wednesday deadline, but at 10pm. Kim didn’t want to call back that late and couldn’t pick up the phone when it rang. She did call back the next day, leaving a message. But not the best feminine energy message. She explained how she didn’t want to call too late the night before (that’s fine). Then she went on to ask him to leave a message about Friday night’s plans. (oh oh, not the best next step)
Phil did respond, but not with any clarity. He texted back – “full moon Friday night?”
You can imagine Kim’s reaction to this dodge. “What is that? That’s not an answer! What am I supposed to do with that?” After Kim took a deep breath and calmed down, I explained that in fact, that WAS an answer. He was sending her mixed signals and acting non-committal – because that’s who he is right now.
While it’s true that Phil asked her out, if she had left things alone, she probably would have figured out sooner he’d be a “no show.” Prompting a man, and trying to the close the loop on plans can backfire. It can scare a man away, even though it seems like simple etiquette and how you’d proceed in business.
Except this isn’t business.
The Bottom Line on this Scenario is:
1. Phil isn’t a good bet any way because he’s not divorced yet or recovered. Even though everyone recovers differently, he hasn’t even finished his divorce yet. I advise avoiding these guys. They are usually flaky – just like Phil. He may be a great guy, but he is no where near ready for consistent dating.
2. Texting, calling, emailing – any of these prompts before the first three dates have passed are ill-advised. Resist your urge to purse him, follow up or take charge in any way. You look more interesting when you are aloof, so sit back and entertain yourself in others ways rather than wait for “his call”. Bite you tongue, but don’t initiate communication.
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