A couple on a night out

Have you been wanting to go out with someone for a while but are so nervous when they finally say yes that you don’t know how to act or what to do? If so, read on for some basic advice on impressing your date.

A couple having a good time out.
A couple having a good time out. Eye contact is important as it shows interest.

1. Prepare. Before the date do something that relaxes you, exercise, reading, yoga, singing your favorite song, whatever puts you in an easy going, happy mood. Wash yourself, put on antiperspirant/deodorant, brush your teeth, brush your hair, and don’t forget to wear clean clothes! Make a list of conversation starters and questions you can ask them if you’re having trouble finding a topic. Questions about their pet(s), taste in music, good books they’ve read lately, favorite thing to do outdoors, would you rather questions, are all good ideas. Remember these and read the front page of the newspaper, too. If you are taking your car, clean it out

2. Choose someplace that will be special to your date. If you’re not sure what he or she will like, ask. You may want to take him or her out to eat someplace out of the ordinary (don’t go overboard, as this can set a bad precedent).

3. If it is a formal date, greet him or her with a small gift. For example, a small box of chocolates or a single rose. This is even better if you know what types of flowers or candies are your date’s favorites. Never try the single red rose on a casual first date, you may come on way too strong, as this signifies passionate love. Try baking a nice treat, getting a small stuffed animal, or something else that is unique to them. Never do anything big on the first date. The best gift you can give is your company.

4. Communicate openly and honestly. Talk to your date during dinner and listen to what he or she has to say.

5. If you are a guy, pay for the date. If you are a girl offer to pay for the date, if your offer is declined, offer to pay for yourself, if this does not fly, accept. They are trying to be nice. If you were the person that suggested the date it is generally accepted that you at least offer to pay for both yourself and your date.

6. Ask questions about the life of your date. Do a lot of listening, it’s important not to over-chat them, try to listen a little more than you talk, but don’t let the conversation just die out.

7. Look into your date’s eyes. Eye contact shows interest.

8. If you are confident that you have a sense of humor and intelligence, make them laugh. But don’t lecture.

9. Pay your date compliments, compliments are your best friend when dating, don’t overdo it or offer anything insincere, try not to be too cheesy. Find one or more qualities in which to sincerely compliment them.

10. Do something unusual and cheap, something you had to think about and put time into. Don’t do anything huge, just go for a stroll in your neighborhood or offer them cocoa, show them your favorite constellation, something interesting that you alone will be remembered for.

11. End the night with a kiss, if possible. As you escort your date to their place of residence shift the conversation to something romantic like the moon, or the stars or something. Use visual cues and body language from your date to let you know when the time is right to “make your move”.

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