This question stems from a rather awkward and embarrassing situation I experienced recently. It was the first time I had experienced anything like this, and want to be fully prepped should it occur again.
Essentially, I approached a girl in a bar with a pretty standard opener which usually works well, and was just utterly blanked. No reaction or acknowledgement of me being even physically present.
I am over six foot tall, well built, have a deep voice I project well, and have worked in voice-over; point being I'm quite difficult to miss; so was definitely on the receiving end of a mortifying Freeze Out here. Mortifying as everyone else in the pub could see what I was up to, and were paying me a great deal more attention then she was.
So this is what occurred:
I noticed a blonde, attractive girl at the bar. I was already pretty close to her when ordering a drink, so I just casually said:
'That's what I like to see! Relaxing at the bar with a good book and drink; what more could you want?'
Simple situational opener which usually elicits a positive response. She, however, sat and stared at the floor opposite me like I was at a car-boot sale selling really rubbish stuff.
My response was to wait a couple of seconds, and then sad to say:
To which she replied 'What do you want?'
Not good. Luckily my drinks had just arrived at that point so I was able just to mutter: 'These. Have a good day, bye.' And scuttle off.
So, obviously the way I dealt with that was horrible, and on reflection the girl was obviously in ultra-strong armour mode as I was probably the 12th guy that hour to approach her.
So gents, in case of future repeats, what do you think best practice is when confronted with this?