So you’re ready for your first date. Whether you’ve met in person or through an online dating site, first impressions are the most important. These tips will help ensure your first date is not only great, but also paves the way for a new relationship:
- Start simple. If you’re meeting for the first time, it’s best to plan a simple, quick date where you can chat and gauge how you hit it off in the beginning. Getting lunch, coffee, or drinks after work are good examples. Movies, on the other hand, are often considered to be one of the worst first dates since they don’t provide much opportunity to get to know each other better.
- Keep it short. You should also make a time limit, such as, “I’d love to meet for lunch, but I have to leave by 1:00.” If the date goes well, you can make plans for your next date.
- Think of things to talk about beforehand. You will want to avoid awkward lulls in conversation, so before the date think of topics to discuss. By now, you already know some of your date’s interests or hobbies. Ask your date about what he or she likes to do. By showing you remember his or her interests, it also shows you are an attentive person.
- Be courteous to your date. Don’t arrive late, make inappropriate advances, or complain about your date’s chosen locale to meet. Being polite and courteous on your first date not only shows good etiquette and social skills, but also respect for your date.
Online dating is a great way to meet people. These tips are sure to make your first date a memorable one for both.