Going out on a first date is definitely a big deal judging by the nervous break down a lot of people tends to experience, especially with someone you have a crush on or someone who gives you the butterflies.
However, it’s important to first muster some self confidence if you truly wish to make a great first date impression and remain in the game of love. That is why relationship experts said it’s always the small things people notice – which can answer the question of shall I see him/her again?.
Well, step into my office and find out those little things you must do to make a good impression on a first date.
5 Steps to follow on your first date to make a Great Impression
1. Show Up On Time
Showing up on time is very crucial on any date first or not. So do your best to arrive on time, by mashing out adequate time to prepare for your date. A relationship expert, April Davis said: “Being punctual shows that you care about the date and are taking it seriously. It is critical that when you are preparing for the date, you allow yourself enough time to get ready.”
2. Look Great!
Appearance matters, so make an effort to look nice. Arriving for your date looking unkempt sends the message that you don’t really care. Sarah Patt, matchmaker and dating expert of It’s Just Lunch Houston, said making sure you look nice should be at the top of your list. “Looking your best is an important part of a first date — remember, it’s a first impression. Looking attractive makes us feel confident and allows us to put our best foot forward. Remember, you don’t need to overdo it; you don’t want to spend too much effort on your looks only to feel like you wasted your time if the date doesn’t go as well as you’d hoped,” Patt told The Cheat Sheet.
3. Be Fully Present
A key part of listening is being present. Listen not only with your ears but your entire being. Try not to let your mind — or your eyes — wander, said Susie Lee, CEO of dating app Siren.mob.i. “Be fully present. It’s one of the most attractive things one can do, especially in an age of distraction. Don’t let your eyes wander to other people. Even if there is’t chemistry (and likely both sides will feel it), be present,” said Lee.
4. Put Your Phone Away
Some people don’t know this, but it’s rude to text friends and check email during a date. Refrain from the urge to obsessively check your social media accounts until you get home. Relationship experts advice you should lock your phone in your bag and don’t take it out until you are home, safe and tucked in bed.
“Looking at a phone during a date is beyond rude and will never fly with a good guy or girl,” Hope warned.
5. Listen, Listen and Listen
Don’t dominate the conversation. Really take time to listen to your date and give him or her your full attention. Hope said you should take your time to hear everything that is said, rather than being in a rush to respond. “Ask your date, ‘how are you?’ and then really listen to his or her answer. Don’t rush and get back to talking about yourself,” said Hope.