Congratulations, you have a hot date. Now how do you keep him? Well, make sure to stay away from these 5 big dating don’ts.
Experts say that people in general are more afraid of public speaking than they are of anything else, and when it comes to nerve-wrecking situations, first dates are right up there too.
But with a little bit of preparation you can prevent your date from turning into a nightmare, so here are a few pointers to help you on your way.
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1Don’t freak out
He’s going out with you because he’s interested in you so don’t be nervous, and trust that you are good enough. It’s ok to think about some conversation starters before your date begins but during the date you should focus on what he’s saying rather than thinking of what you are going to say next. That way the conversation will flow more smoothly, your date will be more fun and chances are he will like you even better.
2Don’t be a bitch
We all know that bitching can be a lot of fun but it’s rarely very attractive. Don’t be fact-checking all your date’s stories, or argue over every little thing he says. That doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything either, of course. Just don’t take everything too seriously until you know him better. And whatever you do, don’t give him advice on his personality or appearance. Save that for when you bitch about your date to your friends afterwards.
3Don’t suck up
Do not give too many compliments in the beginning and make sure the ones you give are sincere. It could easily seem like you’re sucking up to him, or even worse, mocking him. Avoid giving compliments that go on appearance since they could so easily go wrong. Give compliments on his personality instead.
4Don’t step in it
There are few dating no-no’s that everyone should know that you never talk about on a date. One is to never talk about your ex. The last thing your date wants is to be compared to your prior boyfriends (even though you’re of course doing this in your head.) Another is to never talk about other people your dating, or recent dates you have been on with other guys. And leave out the subject of your date’s hunky friend too. No reason to spark jealousy before your relationship has even started.
5Don’t chicken out
Having escape routes planned up front is for cowards. Go into the date with an open mind or don’t go at all. Even the biggest idiot understands that if you get an “important” call during the date, or if you “happen” to stumble upon a group of friends, it’s all bull. Be honest, excuse yourself and leave. It’s uncomfortable right there and then but it will make you feel so much better in the end.