Do you make these mistakes on your first date?
Almost everyone gets pre-date jitters from time to time. It is perfectly normal and natural to be slightly nervous when you are about to meet someone for the first time as you don’t really know what to expect nor how they will react to meeting you. Since first impressions can really make or break the date, particularly when it comes to online dating, you need to be sure you are putting your best foot forward.
Here are some big mistakes that you want to ensure that you are not making when meeting that person for the first time.
Fidgeting Too Much With Your Clothes/Hair/Body
Some individuals have a tendency to start fidgeting with their clothes and hair or incessantly tapping their foot when they get nervous. Not only is this distracting for the person you are with but it may give off the vibe that you are uncomfortable and that is not a message you want to be sending.
Try and remain fairly still while talking to them so they know the focus is on them.
Speaking Negatively Of Your Past Relationships
Generally talk of exes should be off limits on a first date to begin with, however if it does happen to come up then simply state that it is in your past and that is where you’d like it to stay. There isn’t really any need to belittle your ex as this might give off a negative vibe. Likewise you obviously do not want to say anything that might demonstrate that you are not entirely over them yet, therefore the less that is generally said the better.
Not Offering To Pay
This is most commonly a mistake that women make on first dates that can really turn a man off. While most men still prefer to pay on the first date, it is usually welcomed if you at least offer to pay for your share. Of course if you do this, be ready to pay since he may let you (and then you can decide how you feel about that later), but by offering you show that you are not simply on a date with him to get a free meal.
When on a first date with someone, focus on them. Period.
Not Asking Questions
Part of being in a conversation with someone is asking them questions. If you simply sit there and wait for them to initiate all conversation topics, chances are your date is not going to find you all that interesting. If you have trouble with this aspect of dating, think up some good questions to ask them ahead of time so you are not so nervous.
Making Overly Sexual Comments
Unless you and the person you are on a date with have done a fair amount of flirting before meeting and you are both comfortable with this kind of talk, avoid making any sexually related comments on the first date. It is definitely alright to give a compliment or two however stating things that are headed too much in a sexual direction will likely be a big turn off to most people.
Not Hinting At A Second Date
As the date comes to a close, if you have had a good time and you are sensing that the person you are with has had a good time, one of you should say something hinting at a second date.
Whether it is simply saying you had a good time and look forward to seeing them again or telling the person you will call them, it is a great chance to put that opportunity out there so they know that the interest still remains.
It is fairly common for first dates not to lead to a second date, particularly with online dating, so if you can avoid this from happening, you really must.
So before you go on your next date, keep these factors in mind. While not all dates will go absolutely perfect, if you stay away from doing a few things in particular you can increase your chances that a vast number of them go generally quite well.
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