Re: Coworker put me in a friend zone
A lot of mistakes were made. It is going to be incredibly difficult to recover this. You stated your intent. She wasn't interested, so she blew you off. One MAJOR reason I prefer indirect, so I can game her to like me first. The frame is TERRIBLE. If you pulled back slightly when you got the lunch invite, you'd be ok even with her framing you as friends, but you pushed, which now makes the group dynamics about THE WORST possible chance you have of seeing her.
Sidenote: drinks is a lot better than lunch. Friends do lunch. GUys who sleep with girls do drinks.
I'd highly recommend moving on or you are risking her telling the whole office taht you are creepy, and I'm guessing that's not a reputation that would suit your job.
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