I am not sure I will do a "great" job in this reply. But, let's follow the ideas in the therapy and say "Who cares?!" Replies don't need to be great! This is just my opinion.
When I think of distractions personally, I think of the act of catching ANTs, using the stopping statements, and then finding a distraction. For me, this means when I get ANTs in my head, then saying something out loud, and then getting my mind back to work or to exercise or to another activity which doesn't allow my mind to dwell on that ANT, right? I'm sure you do the same sorts of things. In this example, then, an ANT and the distraction itself is being used in my daily life, but kind of when it makes sense that I would just pivot into a distraction.
In the example above, if you mean that the specific situation is happening RIGHT THEN - either that you are meeting someone you find attractive or talking with a person that you perceive of as a higher status, at that moment I cannot, of course, say one our statements out loud and continue on with some other distraction from that situation. Well, you could do that, but then that would be socially a bit akward! But you get my point.
So, I'm not sure I'm answering your question, but just at that real moment, I'm not using a distraction. If you mean how to deal with the ANTs surrounding this situation and the ANTs that come to us when thinking about or when remembering a past situation like this, then YES... I would treat that like an ANT and use the same stoppage techniques. Example: "Okay, Mateo. Stop it! Wait a minute. I am not being rational about this thought/feeling. I have the right to talk to him/her. S/he is a human just like me. Maybe I do get nervous when I talk to him/her, but that's okay. That's just being human also. I'm not going to feel bad about myself for that. I choose not to follow that ANT, etc." There are so many rational things you can tell yourself. If you are attracted to someone and nervous about talking with them, realize that there might be a good reason for being nervous. Realize this feeling wouldn't be there, maybe, if you were not interested in that person. Being interested in someone is a positive thing. That's what makes the world go round. That's what makes life worth living. That's what might show the other person that you are interested in them. All of this can be, and could be viewed from a perspective of positivity. Sure, you may not like that feeling now, and you may not like the anxiety that goes along with it, or makes you feel that you are akward, but all of that and how to deal with all of that is still a paradox of not being bothered by that. So for me, as much as I can state the rational side to this and humanize it, it makes me feel less weird or less inferior or less broken. I'm human. And only through that will I be able to enter these situations again with less anxiety.
If you are indeed talking about the moment itself, well, again I don't find this as a moment for using out loud statements and distractions. In that moment, you would count on and benefit from all the repeition of the therapy you have done and are doing, to make you more at ease and rational. Also in that moment, I would use the techniques of slow talk, and focusing outwards. Coping statements before and after - it's no big deal, so what. I'm glad I talked to that person. I will be glad when I talk to that person. The more I can return to all that practice of the ideas in the therapy with one statement I can say before and after, the better. The more I can focus outward, the more I won't be going into my potentially negative self-analysis. The more I can slow down, the more I can physically be able to remain calm and more natural and confident in that situation. I don't mean confidence like some charade. I see confidence as being calmly me now. If I see confidence as somehow "acting" more or bigger than myself, then I'd only become more anxious really.
You may approach a person who is rude or arrogant in some way. That is not your fault. In fact, I'd guess the majority of people would be nice, really. But let's say you approach having a conversation with someone you perceive as higher status - and that person is rude in some way, perhaps that person rejects you in some way, rejects the social interaction, rejects the conversation. Well, that does happen in this world. It's within someone's rights not to speak with us. People do behave rudely too. There's no way every person we are attracted to HAS to be attracted to us, right? So, don't let the outcome of situations also be the measure of your performance here. You are just a human trying to have a conversation with someone. Also imagine that if you never try to talk with someone you like, you are robbing that person of the opportunity to know you, to possibly like you. That person may want to know you, as well. Again these are just rational ways that help me to deal with these situations. Put it into perspective.
I am by no means an Adonis walking this planet. But let's imagine for one minute that you and I are supermodels. We are considered extremely handsome or beautiful by a massive poll of people. Let's just imagine that for a minute. I would imagine that type of person has more than once been approached by nervous people. I could also imagine that this person has been judged only on the basis of their looks more than once. I'd imagine that this person has also been avoided by other people because other people are more nervous around them. I would also guess that we can't fully know how that person feels. An extremely gorgeous person, whatever that means, could also be extremely nervous. You might say, no way! I can't imagine that!! But, I can. People on this forum have commented that they are attractive and yet this has made their anxiety worse in some ways. I've seen both beautiful and handsome people in the local therapy groups here. I've seen what you would consider "alpha" males in these groups. What's my point?... Sometimes I get off track, but my point is that you will also never know what that person is thinking about themselves, either. And that such a person is also just that - a person. All of these things, these ways of looking at life, just help me deal with myself better.