” Karen (52) repeatedly has trouble responding to this question, because she feels the time is not yet right.
We asked our members what they thought about exchanging phone numbers; here are the results - and also a few tips from us.
An alternative is to answer along these lines: “It would be good to talk to you on the phone, but to be quite honest I don’t want to give out my phone number at this point, though you do sound very nice.
But maybe you’d like to give me your number so that I can call you.” If you then make a call, check that the number you are calling from won’t appear on the other person’s phone display - you can do this by making a test call to a friend.
The good news is that you can save it as a template and use it over and over again (just remember to change her name, Skippy). Also, please note that any response which does not contain the physical digits themselves is a NO.