Dating is a daunting prospect, especially for those who’ve been off the circuit for a while. Here’s a little dating advice to help you back on the dating wagon.
1. Remember this is a date for your partner also.
They are also going to be nervous and worried whether they are doing/saying the “right thing”. Be yourself, and encourage your date to do the same.
Dates are all about finding out about the other person, if you are both on your “best” behavior, the real you wont be able to shine through. So relax and be yourself.
2. Find out in advance where you’ll be going.
Try and take a trip past there and see what people are wearing so that you know you’ll be dressed right. One of the worst fears on getting prepared for a date is in knowing what to wear.
Whilst your partner might not be too worried about whether you’re dressed right, you wont relax if you feel you are over or under dressed for the evening.
Doing a little investigation work before hand takes the worry and guesswork out of choosing your clothes.
3. On a similar note to clothes, don’t wear new shoes!
You may think that all you’ll be doing is walking from a car to a restaurant and back again, and so your brand new 3 inch stiletto heels with the tiny straps across the front will be perfect for a fancy restaurant – but what if your date wants to dance?
Or invites you for a moonlit stroll?
The shoes might not turn out to be such a great idea! So think ahead, and give the new shoes a miss on this occasion!
4. Plan ahead on topics you can talk about.
There are few things worse than a dinner date where no-one has anything to say and so you sit in an awkward silence, each waiting for the other to find something you can discuss. Make a list and commit it to memory.
If the conversation starts to falter a little, choose one of the topics from your list and restart the dialogue.
The more you talk to your date, the more you find out – if you remember to stop talking once in a while and listen of course!
5. If you are dating with a hope of finding a permanent partner, then remember to use the date as a fact finding mission!
Find out what your date likes, what he dislikes, what his views are on social issues etc.
Don’t get into any big religious or political debate!
This isn’t the time or the place.
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