Talk Dirty to Me! - 5 Steps to Master the Art of Dirty Talk

Dirty talk can be intimidating, but Dr. Liz Powell gives tips to get your mind and heart racing. You'll be sexting like a pro in no time!

Are you worried that you just don't know how to do that dirty talk thing?

Do you ever get into a situation where you'd love to do some sexting, but just the thought makes you freeze?

Does it sometimes feel weird to you, like you don't know how to do dirty talk in a way that's genuine?

Maybe it's just me, but I LOVE talking dirty. There's nothing quite like the thrill of receiving a text message and having to make sure no one can see your screen before you open it. However, it's surprisingly challenging to have a super sexy conversation even with people with whom you've already had sex!


Lots of people give up on dirty talk without ever trying. They might feel embarrassed about not knowing what to say, worry that the other person won't like it, or wonder whether it'll change how that person thinks about them.

Why does it even matter if you talk dirty? I think that when you free up your tongue (or your thumbs) to do some talking, it sets you up for all kinds of sexual success. It gives you an unmatched window into how what your partner likes, AND it easily sets the scene for your next in-person opportunity. Dirty talk is also awesome in long-distance relationships, in polyamorous/open situations where you may not see that lover as often, or when you're looking for a way to spice up your sex life.


Here's a foolproof way to think through the process of talking dirty:


  1. Set the scene
    1. Making sure they WANT to talk dirty now and with you
    2. Figure out any preferred terms (for example, ways they talk about their body parts, names they do/don't like to be called)
    3. Discuss any boundaries (such as time, activities they don't want to talk about, etc.)
  2. Start slow
    1. In the real world, you don't walk in the door and then immediately start pounding away; sexting and dirty talk are no different
  3. Build anticipation
    1. Could you go from "Hi!" to orgasm in a couple of minutes? Sure! But that doesn't feel NEARLY as good as when you take a long time building up your pleasure
    2. Don't be afraid to tease! If your partner starts begging you to do something, you know you're on the right track
  4. Let them know what you're enjoying and how much
    1. Tell them how your body is reacting
    2. Let them "hear" your responses (moan, grunt, whisper, scream; if you're sexting you can always type these)
    3. Ask for more
    4. Tell them when you're "there"
  5. Thank them and plan for next time
    1. Let them know what you particularly liked
    2. Talk about whether they'd be up for more and, if so, when

Even the shyest person can use these steps to ROCK at talking dirty! If you want more guidance, I've put together a FREE guide to dirty talk, available on my website. It covers all the steps above with some examples of things you can say. PLUS it has a whole page of words you can use when you're talking dirty. You could even play dirty talk Madlibs with them!


Dr. Liz Powell

"I’m Dr. Liz! I believe Great Sex Can Change The World. I’m a sex educator, speaker, and regular guest on several podcasts as part of my mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. As a licensed psychologist who specializes in non-traditional relationships, I can tell you that the more honest and real you are about what turns you on, the easier it is to find a partner that understands you and wants to be with you — the real you. I coach couples and singles, whether gay or straight, polyamorous or monogamous, or even if you’re still trying to figure it all out. I help you be who you are. Because being confident in who you are is the gateway to great relationships and great sex — and Great Sex Can Change The World. You can learn more about Dr. Liz and her work at sexpositivepsych.com and buildingopenrelationships.com"
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