5 First Date Tips For Guys and Gals

How to make a good first impression

Wendy Scott

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A couple out in the evening looking at each other lovingly
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You’ve got the first date all set up, and you are hoping that you are about to meet someone who will turn out to be The One. Whether you met through a friend or online, the first date is crucial.

And you are ahead of the game. According to data from the Pew Research Centre, a whopping 75% of daters say that it is hard to find someone to date.

You must make the most of your first date. If it doesn’t go well, this person will no longer be an option as a long-term partner. If it does go well, there will be an opportunity for a second date.

Now it’s all up to you to make a good impression.

But if you are a man, it may be hard to know how to behave on a date these days. And you aren’t the only one to be confused, according to data.

“A majority of the overall public (65%) says the increased focus on sexual harassment and assault in the last few years has made it harder for men to know how to interact with someone they’re on a date with.” — PewResearchCentre.org.

You can’t control whether you are compatible with your date in the long term but what you can control is how much effort you make to make an excellent first impression.

“People tend to hold on to their first impressions — that’s why those first descriptions can be so important. You don’t even necessarily look at people that carefully after a while; you just hold on to that early impression.” — Miranda July.

Here is how to make a good impression on a first date.

You never know. They just might be your soulmate.

1. Eliminate stress for your date

“Dating is pressure and tension. What is a date, really, but a job interview that lasts all night?” — Jerry Seinfeld.

Think of how the other person is feeling and turn up on time. There is nothing worse than getting ready for a date, looking forward to it, and hanging around outside the cafe thinking that you may have been stood up.

Actually, there is something worse. Wondering if your date has done a drive-by, seen you, and decided to home instead of spending an…

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Wendy Scott

L&D professional writing practical, step-by-step leadership and training & development articles to help leaders, managers & trainers grow their careers.