First dates can be tricky. They can make or break your chances of getting a second date. You want to put your best foot forward while still being comfortable and true to yourself. The first impression that you make is the one that people will remember, so it’s important to make it a good one.
If you go out for dinner on a first date, don’t pass on a meal by only ordering a small salad or pick and nibble at the meal that you do choose. Your date will not think you’re a glutton if you order an actual meal. Men like a woman who can enjoy a meal. It can also be a sign to him that you’re not constantly obsessing about your weight. When it comes to dessert, if you’re full, be honest. You can suggest that you share a dessert or go for a walk to your favourite ice cream place. This will give you time to get hungry for dessert. It will also impress your date much more than if you brush dessert off altogether.
Don’t: List everything you found about him while digging into his life
You met a nice guy, but you want to be sure about him so you do a some digging into his life. You do a search online and find what you’re looking for and maybe a little more. When you go looking for information, you’re likely to find something don’t like. It’s not a bad idea to do a basic search to make sure they are who they say they are. No matter what you find it’s important that you don’t let him know that you did a background check. Don’t ask him about the camping trip you saw photos of or the comment left on his status by someone who appears to be an ex. This will make you seem like a stalker and you will most likely scare your date off.
Do: Take an interest in his interests
You don’t have to be interested in football or sports cars to ask your date about them because they are interests of his. His interests don’t have to be the topic of the entire evening, but don’t avoid them altogether. Ask him questions about his interests and he will be impressed.
Don’t: Show up in yoga pants
Unless you’re actually going on a yoga date, wearing yoga pants on a date is a no-no. You may do this to appear low-maintenance, but it actually looks like you don’t care enough to dress up a little. Find a date style that you like and feel comfortable in. Being comfortable will make you appear more confident, which will impress your date.
Do: Challenge him
You don’t have to agree with everything your date says in order for him to like you. If you challenge something he’s saying, he’s not going to stand up and walk out. Conversation can become boring if you’re constantly nod and smile at everything he says. If you have a different idea about something he says, express it. If you want more information about something he’s talking about, don’t be shy about gathering more information.
Don’t: Be more interested in your phone than you are in him
When you’re on a date, you should not be looking at your phone to check texts and status updates. Your attention should be focused on your date and getting to know him. If you keep sneaking peeks at your phone, your date is going to feel as though you are not interested in him.
Impressing a man on a first date isn’t as difficult as you may think. Just be the best version of yourself that you can be without being fake.