First Date EtiquetteYour first date…  This can often be exciting yet nerve-wracking at the same time.  Now, that you have finally decided to meet in person, the first date is very crucial. It will determine whether your meeting will lead to more dates, probably a more serious relationship or…NOT. If you don’t want your date to ditch you off and scram for dear life, get yourself acquainted with the proper first date etiquette.

1) Make an Effort with Your Appearance

If you want to make a good first impression, be conscious of your appearance. Don’t show up looking haggard and unkempt. Make sure to take a shower. Spray perfume or cologne so you will smell good. Wear fresh clothes and clean shoes. Clip your nails and remove all dirt underneath. Double-check your appearance in the mirror before you finally meet your date.

2)Be On Time

As much as possible, don’t show up late. If you can, arrive early. If you will be delayed for maybe 5 or 10 minutes, make sure to inform your date through call or text. Set your date ahead of time to avoid complications in schedule. NEVER show up 30 minutes or 1 hour late, this is just plain rude. Unless you have the perfect excuse, don’t expect another date to follow.

3) Don’t Monopolize the Conversation

Sure, it’s interesting to know about your background and what you do. But if you start to monopolize the conversation, things could get dull. You may also give your date the wrong impression that you are arrogant and self-absorbed. Bear in mind, monopolizing a conversation is not cute at all, it’s a turn off.

4) Give Compliments

A compliment here and there will surely be appreciated. However, don’t overdo it. Give compliments sincerely. This should lighten up the awkwardness of your first meeting.

5) Don’t Dwell on Past Relationship Issues
You can share tidbits of your past relationship. However, don’t make the mistake of divulging the full details of your life. This is the perfect way to scare your date away, something you don’t want to happen for sure.

6) Don’t Share Offensive Jokes

NEVER share offensive jokes. This is a big NO in the first date etiquette. In most cases, your attempt at humor will just backfire on you. Don’t put yourself in an awkward situation. You don’t know for sure if your date will share your humour. So, play it safe.

Now, always remember the importance of a first date etiquette. Guys, always be the perfect gentleman. Ladies, if you want your date to respect you, act in a way that will demand so. A first date is the perfect time to test the waters. So, learn to relax and have fun.

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