You can attract birds to your nest with just a little work by using the “Come-Hither Hand Signal,” my patented man-magnet system. This gesture is guaranteed to penetrate across any crowded room and right into the heart of even the most intimidating man cluster.

The Lure: Command him invitingly. Get a handsome man in your sights. Look him straight in the eye, while crooking your finger in a come-hither motion and giving him a tiny smile. Men find this gesture irresistible because it’s utterly sexy and confident; they will fly to you like falcons.

The Bait: When he lands at your side, say, “Nice tie! This is my girlfriend Courtney.”

The Handoff: Turn to your grateful girlfriend and say, “I’m going to go find Stacy. I’ll be back in a minute.” (And smile.)

Then Take Off: Now leave the two of them alone. They can simply exchange pleasantries and then drift apart if they don’t connect. But if they do, good for you!

You can always use the Come-Hither Hand Signal to lure men directly to your side, too. Although this might sound daunting, it’s actually quite fun and so easy to do, and excellent training for the inner dominatrix in you!

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Excerpted from Dating, Mating, and Manhandling: The Ornithological Guide to Men by Lauren Frances. Copyright 2006 by Lauren Frances. Published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House of Canada. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.