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Online Dating - First Date Etiquette Tips

Online Dating First Date

Online dating is no different than traditional dating when it comes to the first date, which is all about first impressions, and naturally, you want to make a good impression. Fortunately, there is some advice you can follow that will help you make a good impression, and help you get a second date. Use the following tips for your first date and you will feel like a dating pro.


Show up: It may sound like common sense, but failing to show up for a first date can be detrimental to your chances for another date. Standing someone up is never acceptable, and you probably won’t get a second chance. Always show up for a date, even if it just for the purpose of telling him or her that you will need to postpone. If you do need to cancel, make sure you do it well in advance and provide a proper explanation.

Don‘t be late: Always show up on time for a first date. Showing up late gives the impression that you do not respect your date’s time and that you are someone who cannot be relied on. Being punctual shows that you have respect for your date, and illustrates how organized you are.

Practice good hygiene: Make an effort to be clean and presentable for your first date. Make sure that you shave, shower and brush your teeth beforehand. Keep your fingernails clean and make sure that your hair is clean and combed or brushed. Poor hygiene can be a big turnoff and may ruin your chances for a second date.

Make eye contact: Eye contact is crucial during a first date. Maintaining eye contact with your date not only suggests that you are interested in what he or she is saying, but also suggests that you are a confident person (and confidence is attractive). Your date should feel as though he or she is the only person in the room.

Be courteous: Be courteous and respectful during your date. Don’t argue or be rude to others during a date because this type of behavior is a major turn-off for most. The whole point of a first date is to make a good impression so that the person will want to see you again. So, remember your manners and treat everyone you come into contact with during your date with respect and courtesy.

Don’t brag or be flashy: Don’t be flashy or extravagant. Talking about how much money you make, or what type of car you drive during a first date suggests a lack of class. Save this information for a later date when the two of you have gotten to know each other a little better. After all, your date wants to get to know you - not your bank account.

Don’t be opinionated: Never be opinionated or act arrogant on a first date. Also, try to avoid discussions on politics and religion because these tend to be controversial issues that are inappropriate for a first date discussion. Even though you may have strong opinions regarding certain topics, it is best to save it for a later date. Arrogance makes most people feel uncomfortable, so avoid acting arrogant at all costs.

Listen: Make an effort to be a good listener and try not talk too much about yourself. Listening shows interest and the ability to compromise. If your idea of a date is talking about yourself and your opinions the entire time, you may not get a second date.

Don’t talk about your ex: Never discuss your ex or how many people you have dated or slept with. If you mention your ex, it may seem as though you have not moved on yet. Even if you have only nice things to say about your ex, refrain from talking about him or her during your first date. The longer you sustain the mystery of your past relationships, the better your chances.

Be honest: Never tell your date lies. Whether it is an attempt to get your date into bed or to promote yourself, any lie you tell will come back to haunt you in the future (should the two of you decide to continue dating). Always be honest with your date because you wouldn’t want someone to become interested in you based on false pretenses, anyway.

Don’t be aggressive: There is a difference being flirtatious and being aggressive. There is also a difference between asking questions to get to know your date better and being intrusive. Keep the flirtation light and simple, and set limits. A conversation about neutral topics during your first date is your safest bet.

Be a good sport Even if you don't feel a connection with your date, try to have a good attitude. You can still have a good time with someone you are not attracted to, and may even make a new friend. Treating someone badly because he or she is not your type is not acceptable behavior.


Remember, first dates determine the potential for a second date. Use the above tips to make that first date a success!

Online dating should lead to a first date in person and by following these first date etiquette tips, you will not only feel more at ease, but your apparent confidence will also make you seem much more appealing to your date.



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