I’d wished I’d had a magic wand – that was how badly I wanted to impress my date on that first night
One of the most nerve-wracking experiences shared by most of humanity is certainly going on a first date. Nobody knows what to expect the first time they meet up with somebody, whether they were set up on a blind date or have spoken to each other many times before. If you are planning on having a first date in the near future, consider the following tips to make a fantastic impression.
Dress to Impress
Not every first date requires evening gowns, suits and custom made ties, but it is important to wear something that shows that you made a good impression. Showing up in track pants or sweats is a big no-no. Dressing sharp is not just about picking out the right clothes; you should also take care in the rest of your appearance. Hair should not be unkempt and any accessories should enhance your face and body rather than detract from them. It should not look as if you are ready to lounge on the couch for a television marathon.
Confidence is Key
The truth is that men and women who appear more confident are much more likely to seal the deal on a second date. A date who is fumbling and nervous is more likely to scare the other person away. Walk into the room with your head held high, giving off a positive and electric energy that your date will notice immediately. There is no need to hide your smile or your personality. People are naturally attracted to those who appear put together and relaxed, even if they feel nervous inside.
Make Great Conversation
In order to impress a first date, you really have to put those conversational skills to use. One key point that many people miss is that just as important as it is to have good conversation topics, it is equally important to have great listening skills. Showing that you are able to listen to and absorb information is important because it gives off the impression that you really care.
It is not enough to simply go on a date with somebody and speak to them about mundane topics. This is something you could do with any of your friends or family members. Instead of simply showing that you want to be out on a date, show that you want to be out on a date with this specific person. Show an active interest in his or her work, preferences and relationships. For example, if you met online, bring up specific references to his or her profile to show that you remember them.
Of course the night is not all about your date; it’s also about what you want. You should look beyond the moves meant to impress you to see the real person. While trying to impress your date shows concern and care, it is also important that you share your genuine personality, letting your date know who you truly are. Nobody wants to invest hours of their time in somebody who is not genuine.