How to make a great first impression on a date

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Going on a first date can be a nerve-wracking experience; it can be hard to know what to say and do in order to make a good first impression. Check out these five top tips to help you enjoy your first date – and secure a second.

Include an event in the plan for your first date

While it might be tempting to head to a coffee shop or pub for your first date, including an event helps you connect over the shared experience. Schedule a movie, a visit to a museum, or a walk in the park, along with ample time to talk.

Think about your hobbies and interests before your date

It’s common to ‘freeze’ and blank on your interests when you’re on the spot. No one likes to sit and talk to someone who just prattles on about their work, so have a think about your hobbies and interests before your date so they are fresh on the top of your mind.

Don’t get too deep too early

You might have a great connection and things are going swimmingly. Great! But no matter how comfortable you are, this is not the time to unload personal problems, talk about your ex, or get too deep into religion or politics!

Remember to listen as much as you talk

If you are feeling a bit nervous, it can be natural to start talking a mile a minute. Make sure you listen as much as you talk. That said, if your date is monopolising the conversation, give them the benefit of the doubt – for the first date, that is!

 

Let them know if you would like to go out again

Be clear and assertive that you enjoyed the date, letting them know you had a great time. Send an email or a text the next day affirming this, and find out if they feel the same – don’t wander around wondering ‘what could have been!’