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How To Make A Good First Impression On A Date

Updated on October 29, 2010

When you are on a date, you want to do everything in your power to leave a good impression. And since you only get one chance to make a good impression, here are a few tips to help you making a good and lasting impression.

Sincerely smile. Smiling can make even the tensest situations feel less frightening. When you first see your date, smile a genuine smile. A smile can make you seem more relaxed and carefree. And when you seem relaxed, your date will instantly relax. You don't have to smile until your face is sore, but remain pleasant from the beginning of your date until the end. Your date will remember you as being happy, and they will want to see you again as soon as possible. Because it can be difficult to pretend to be happy, practice smiling and being happy throughout your everyday life.

Silence the cell. One of the worst things you can do is ignore your date and spend all of your time on your cell phone. While it may be unrealistic to turn your phone off, definitely turn it to silent and focus on your date. Unless you are a doctor, you can stand to miss a few phone calls, texts, and Facebook notifications for a couple of hours.

Body language basics. While you don't want to come across as being obsessed with your date, you don't want to give them the impression that you aren't interested. Your body language can give your date a lot of insight into how you feel about them. If you are slouching in your seat, avoiding eye contact and crossing your arms, then your date will feel uncomfortable because they will think that you'd rather not be there. Even if you are nervous, try to be aware of your body language and remain as relaxed as possible.

Manners matter. It's true that we aren't living in the 16th Century, but that doesn't mean that manners have to take a backseat. You don't have to go to charm school prior to going on a date, but basic manners will leave a lasting good impression on your date.

 Look alert. Even if you're having a horrible time on your date, you don't want to look bored. This is rude, immature and inconsiderate. If you are planning on never going out with that person again, you still want to do your best to look like you're enjoying yourself. You don't want to burn a bridge with someone who may actually end up being a good friend.

 Be yourself. Believe it or not, the best impression you can leave is to be yourself. If you focus on trying to be something you're not, your date will most likely realize that you aren't being completely natural, and the entire date could end up feeling very awkward and forced. It is much easier to just be yourself and have fun on your date.

Speak no evil. When you are on your date, you may be tempted to go into every detail of your last relationship and tell your new love interest exactly why you can't stand your ex. If you bash your ex, the person you are currently dating will be skeptical about pursuing a long term relationship with you. They will most likely worry that if things go badly, you will feel compelled to bash them to your next date. It may be a challenge, but forget about your ex, and focus your attention on your new date.  


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