A first date is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you are physically attracted to your date, and you want to make sure that the date goes well. However, the pressure that you might feel in wanting to make sure that the date goes well can actually back fire, making you nervous and souring the date before you can lay a good foundation.
While there is no sure-fire way to make sure that a date goes smoothly and as well as you hope, there are some ways to at least nudge the date towards becoming a more positive experience. Here are four key things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to a first date:
1. Be punctual
No one likes to be kept waiting, and no matter how attractive or interesting you are, if you’re late for a date, it will take away from your attractiveness. Treat a date if you would treat an important job interview: 10 minutes early is on time, on time is late, and if you’re late, you’d better have a darn good excuse.
2. Be presentable
Be sure to clean up well, wear nice clothes, and even book a spa date for clean nails, if possible. If you have facial hair, make sure that it’s trimmed and groomed well.
3. Be genuine
Even on a first date, most people can sense if you’re faking your interests and hobbies to make a good impression, because passion isn’t really something you can fake. In fact, if you pull it off, it becomes harder, because then you would need to keep up that façade every time you see each other. Just be yourself; it’s easier to like something real!
4. Leave a little mystery
A good date is one where your partner would look forward to the next time you see each other, so it’s a great idea to keep a little air of mystery about yourself. Leave your date wanting to know more about you, so that they will be looking forward to the next date with you.