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First Date Tips
This article aims to help you understand what to do on your first date while avoiding the common pitfalls that cause many singles to end up alone. You could think of a date like a job interview. You don't have a lot of opportunities to get it right, and once you mess up, you may not have another chance to leave a good impression. The very first thing you will want to do on a date is be yourself.
I will modify my last statement by saying "you should be yourself at your best." This means that you don't want to talk about any weaknesses or insecurities you may have. You will want to act normally, and avoid trying to be someone you aren't. If your date asks for your opinion on something, tell them what you think instead of what you think they want to hear. The next thing you will want to do is listen carefully to what your date is saying. Not only will this allow you to learn a lot about them, but you will also show that you care about what they are saying. This doesn't mean that you should be quiet throughout the entire date. It just means that you should talk less and listen more.
One of the primary things you will want to avoid is drinking too much alcohol. Getting drunk can allow you to behave in a way that is immature or inappropriate, and it should be avoided at all costs. There is nothing wrong with drinking champagne or a glass of wine on a date, but you don't want to do it too much. In addition to drinking, talking about yourself too much is another way to kill the date. Talking too much about yourself shows that you are egotistical – and in some case, may even be considered rude. In addition to this, you will send across a message that you are not interested in what the other person has to say.
The last most important thing that you will want to avoid is dressing inappropriately or not demonstrating proper manners. If you are going to a nice restaurant, you will want to wear the proper attire. Use your eating utensils properly, and try to avoid talking with your food in your mouth. Practicing good etiquette beforehand can also go a long way.
About the Author: Ron Zvagelsky has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2006. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PlanJam – an interactive website offering first date tips and first date ideas.