Flirting For Favors
7 Steps to free stuff!
I once talked a car down off a tow truck. It took thirty minutes of sweet talk, two West Hollywood sheriffs and one extremely short sundress. But I got that car down. To this day, I point to the great Tow Truck Escape as my claim to flirting fame.
Women rarely realize the great untapped resource of feminine persuasion. From talking a car off a tow truck to talking AT&T into a refund for all those dropped calls – you’d be amazed at what you can get with just a sugary voice and a smile. (Not that the skill is limited to women, I’ve met men who could flirt me under the table …).
Flirting For Favors, or FFF, has become a bit of a sport for me. I set myself challenges (airline upgrades, cupcake samples) and enjoy the spoils of my coquetry. I’m confident that my Triple F card will serve me well should I ever end up in a real emergency – like getting locked in a Tulsa jail or encountering an unexpected sale at Filene’s.
However, I’m careful no one is ever harmed by handing me favors, and that I’m never depending on someone to save me rather than learning to save myself. It’s like carrying a AAA card – doesn’t make you less of a woman to have a little insurance in your pocket.
Here are seven steps to fruitful FFFing:
1. Say hello.
Never, ever rush into a demand without saying hello first. Always open by smiling and asking your new pal how he’s doing today. Customer service agents deal with angry callers constantly, so a friendly How are you doing today, John? goes a long way. Then actually listen to his answer and try a few genuine follow-up questions to create a quick bond.
Next, personalize your dilemma: I’m here in my kitchen in Nebraska and just picked up my phone bill – I’m wondering if you could help me out with a better deal after all these silly dropped calls. The point is to connect on a human level – through geography, jobs, family situations, etc. – as quickly as possible.