Your first date can be a defining moment in your love life and one of the most important things to move forward with when it comes to your approach.
Those who are not able to behave well on their first date are rarely going to get a second chance with the other person. You have to do well and make sure you are making the best first impression possible.
This article will give you some helpful tips on what you can do to ensure you give off the best first impression on your date. These tips will make it more likely that there will also be a second date on the cards.
Good First Date Rules To Abide By
1) Be On Time
There is nothing worse than a person showing up late for a date. It shows disrespect to the other person and can make you come across like you either don’t care about the other person, or you’re a bit scatty. This is definitely not the time to be “fashionably late” because you are going to make a horrible first impression by doing this, which is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
Always be smart about what you are doing, and that is going to include being on time as much as possible. If you have arranged to meet somewhere, then do your best to get there a little early. This can also help you with any first date nerves, as if you arrive at the place first then you can assess the setting and get comfortable with your surroundings first.
2) Be A Good Listener
Many people make the mistake of rushing in to tell the other person everything there is to know about themselves in order to try to impress them. Some people also do this out of nervousness. However, the main idea of a first date is to get to know the other person.
I love the quote, ‘we have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we speak’. This is so true, especially when it comes to the first date. Listening to what the other person has to say and taking a genuine interest in what is important to them will show that you are interested in getting to know them as a person and not self-centered.
This is a real issue for people because they don’t listen and that is when they get in trouble on a first date. You want to show you are an active listener who is ready to pay attention. This is how you are going to feel great about the approach you are taking.
Here are some tips to help you improve those all important listening skills ready for your first date encounter.
3) Always Be Polite
This should go without saying, but we must mention it in case it doesn’t get through to some readers. It doesn’t matter how you are feeling at that time; you have to stay polite to the other person with whom you are on a date with because it says a lot about your character in various situations. Yes, it can be stressful dating someone and going out on the first date when you like them, but that is the beauty of being polite.
You are going to win them over and come across as a great person when you do this, and that is the goal at the end of the day. You want to set the tone by doing this.
4) Remember God
It can be easy to get carried away with the other person if you really like them. However, you must always remember that God is watching you and you need to be mindful that you are respectful to yourself, the other person and God.
If you are dating another Christian, then you can ask them about their views on the faith to get an idea of how committed they are.
5) Pay Attention To Hygiene
This is also a critical factor in getting the first date right. Be sure to give close attention to your hygeine before leaving the house. Pay particular attention to the cleanliness of your skin, clothes and the freshness of your breath.
If you are not used to dating, then you are going to realize soon that it is not easy to manage the first date. However, as long as you are following the above guidelines, you and your dating partner should have a good experience. You also want it to be a fun experience that you will both remember. If you can put pleasant memories in their head of spending time with you, then they will most likely want to see you again for a second date. Pay attention to this as you begin planning your next approach.
Your first date should be a memorable one, and it starts right here.