By Chris Seiter

Updated on July 10th, 2022

Figuring out what to text your ex after the no contact rule can be extremely challenging. One part of you wants to send her something like,

The problem is that, that type of a text might not go over so well after you’ve ignored your ex for the no contact rule.

So, what do you do?

What are you supposed to send?

Well, that’s what we are here to find out!

Normally I don’t say anything like this but for this particular article I feel the need to. If you don’t know what the no contact rule is then I suggest you read this post and educate yourself because a lot of what we are going to talk about in this article is going to require you to have knowledge of what it is.

Got it?


What To Say To Your Ex After No Contact

I tend to grasp material much better when it is structured. So, I decided that I was going to break this process down into four steps for you. Below you’ll find the four step process for contacting your ex after no contact.

  1. Prime your ex before you even reach out
  2. Make your first text about curiosity
  3. Engage them in a small conversation to hook them
  4. Leave them wanting more

Now, before I start expanding on these steps I’d like to point out that the whole point of this isn’t to just find a great text to reach out to your ex with.

After all, if your ex doesn’t respond to that text than it’s all for naught.

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So, as I develop these steps in front of your eyes you’ll notice that I’ll be talking a lot about getting your ex to respond.

That response is key so keep that in mind.

Let’s begin!

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1. Prime Your Ex Before You Even Reach Out

This is an essential step that I don’t see anyone out there talking about.

When someone asks me about the first text message they should send to their ex after a no contact period the very first question I ask is,

Did you prime your ex at all?

Now, I know what you are thinking.

“What the heck is priming?”

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In sales priming is the act of warming a customer up to buy. So, any type of action or act that will make a potential lead sit up and go,

“I really want to buy that.”

Is a result of priming.

What does this have to do with exes?

Well, I want you to prime your ex so that they are excited to hear from you.

“Whoa… Whoa… aren’t we supposed to do the no contact rule?”

It’s true that during the no contact rule you aren’t allowed to talk to your ex but there are indirect ways of contacting them.

A few weeks ago I was on a coaching call with a client and I was explaining this idea of priming to her (she was a woman.)

“What you need to do is find some indirect way to get him excited about talking to you.”

She literally spent the next ten minutes racking her brain to come up with an idea but couldn’t quite come up with anything.

Until I told her that grabbing someones attention indirectly contains one major component.

Prime them by being outrageous

The point of all of this is to take someone who you are ignoring via the no contact rule and catch their attention so they want to hear from you.

Earlier in the coaching call my client above mentioned that she had a job interview in her exes city, they were in a long distance relationship, and I filed that information away.

I remember thinking to myself, maybe we can prime him by telling him indirectly through Facebook about this interview.

Doing that accomplishes a couple of things.

  1. It makes him wonder why she isn’t telling him directly
  2. It makes him want to hear from her

Good old Facebook is kind of the essential component here for this priming.


Well, it’s because her ex and her were still friends on Facebook. Therefore, I surmised that he’d be snooping around her post.

But there isn’t really anything that will catch his attention by simply mentioning that she has a job interview in his area.

We need to do something outrageous to catch his attention.

Be outrageous by taking advantage of the pattern interrupt

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Are you familiar with what a pattern interrupt is?

As human beings we are wired to notice and fall into patterns. Anything that interrupts that pattern is essentially what a pattern interrupt is.

So, lets say that someone posts something outrageous on Facebook like photoshopping their face onto this picture,

And then after photoshopping their face onto this picture they caption it with,

“I’m so excited! I have a job interview in Houston tomorrow. Looks like I won’t have any trouble getting there!”

That is one heck of an outrageous pattern interrupt isn’t it.

This is an example of how my client and I primed her ex for the first contact.

Luckily, he was so enthralled with the Facebook post that he reached out to her first without her even to have to come up with a text.

2. Make Your First Text About Curiosity 

The real challenge begins now because we are going to be focusing on how to initiate contact after the no contact period and our weapon of choice is going to be a simple text message.

Now, I want to keep using my client above as an example because originally when we planned out the outrageous game of thrones photo we weren’t expect her ex to reach out to her. The original plan was to create a text that created a lot of curiosity by hooking into the priming in some way, shape or form.

As we started brainstorming what this text would be I noticed that my client wasn’t really in love with any of the ideas I was throwing out.

“It’s too generic…”


“He’ll see through that…”

Were the common complaints I’d get from her.

Eventually I broke down and told her the text that gets the highest response rate and she immediately hooked into it.

Use the “I have a confession” text

What I am about to teach you is risky and it’s kind of a double edged sword.

(You’ll find out why in a minute.)

The single best text message to use if you just care about getting a response from your ex is the “I have a confession to make” text message.

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It goes like this,

(Just an FYI, if you want more text message examples like this I suggest you read my super post on the topic.)

Now, there is a very negative stigma with this type of a text.

The minute you send this your ex is going to be thinking,

“Oh my god, they cheated on me”

And if they don’t go there it will be something else really negative and that is where the challenge lies. You have to find a way to make them breathe a sigh of relief that you didn’t cheat on them during the relationship while at the same time engaging them in a conversation.

So, here is what I came up with for my client,

So, the clever thing about this is that we combined the overall confession she had to make with the priming that we used on Facebook with the job interview.

Of course, our priming was so good that we never even got to test this text out to the fullest extent since he reached out to her before she got a chance to send it but I still hold fast to the idea that this was the best way to handle the I have a confession text!

3. Engage them in a small conversation and hook them

Do you want to know the biggest mistake I see people making when text an ex after no contact?

They go too fast, too soon.

I talk about that a little bit in this video,

I understand the temptation quite well.

You’ve just ignored someone you love and want back more than anything for 30 days straight. You’ve earned this, right?


Going too fast, too soon is where most people fail.

This process requires discipline and you still have to maintain it even after the no contact rule.

So, what are you supposed to do?

Hook your ex into a small conversation after first contact

Lets look at this from your exes perspective.

It’s probably been 30 days since your ex has heard from you. They’d be weirded out if you just started talking to them like old times. In fact, I’ve had a lot of people complain to me that their ex literally told them,

What the he** are you doing?

After getting into a huge conversation with them after the no contact rule.

The smartest play here is to engage them into a conversation so that you leave them wanting more.

Our entire goal here is to set you up so that you can have a conversation again in the future.

4. Leave your ex wanting more

If your familiar with Ex Girlfriend Recovery or my YouTube channel you may have heard me preaching about finding the high point and ending the conversation there.

If not, then you are in for a treat!

The goal with reaching out to your ex after the no contact rule isn’t to just reach out. It’s to build a foundation for future conversations.

Step four is really where you set yourself up for success in the future.

During that small conversation I want you to pay attention to the flow of the conversation.

You’ll notice that the typical flow will look something like this,

Assuming the conversation goes well there is always a point where both parties run out of things to talk about and it goes downhill from there.

What you are going to be doing during this small conversation with your ex is finding this point,

Notice how it isn’t necessarily the high point of the conversation flow. Rather it’s about three fourths of the way from the high point.

Why do you think I am telling you to locate that as opposed to the actual high point?

Well, it’s because if you end the conversation at the high point it can be effective but notice how it’s all downhill from there. Wouldn’t it be better to end the conversation when it’s still going upwards?

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I realize that this is an incredibly difficult time in your life. One minute you are probably wondering if you can love someone as much as you love your ex and the minute you are probably cursing their name for the pain they’ve caused you.

The pendulum swinging is totally normal by the way.

I want you to know that you aren’t alone. I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping men and women achieve their goals with breakups.

I’ve even created a team to help you throughout this process. So, if you need anything or you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below!	

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