First dates are nerve-racking as it is; you’re guaranteed to reveal at least one embarrassing detail about yourself and there is sure to be a few awkward silences. You obviously want to make a good impression but that can be difficult when you’re someone for the first time. Uncomfortable moments are just part of the dating process and the person you are meeting most likely realizes that as well, but its best to put your best foot forward and avoid these common dating mistakes.
Do be on time for your date. No one wants to wait around for a half an hour for their date. It will certainly make a terrible impression on your date. It will convey that you aren’t all that interested even if you are, so try to be about 5 minutes early if you can.
Don’t talk about yourself all night. Yes everyone likes to talk about themselves, but you want the date to be a dialogue not a monologue. It’s okay to give personal details about your job and your interests, just make sure you are getting the same from your date.
Do be yourself. Avoid trying to make yourself sound more interesting by embellishing your hobbies or career. You obviously want to impress your date, but you don’t have to do it by saying you collect antique bird cages. If you want the date to go anywhere, you’ve got to be genuine and honest.
Don’t ask extremely personal questions. It’s okay to bring up religion or politics, but try to do it in a low key, non-confrontational way. They may have a different opinion than you do and could be offended if you ask too many questions.
Do meet for a drink before dinner. Assuming you drink, this can be a great get a feel for the date before getting stuck at dinner with someone you are completely not interested in. Just make sure that you don’t over drink. This can be both embarrassing and dangerous.
Don’t forget to end the date on a good note. Even if the person isn’t your type, make sure to tell them that you had a nice time and that it was nice to meet them. If they try to pursue another date, but you are uninterested, just be honest and tell them that you don’t feel a connection.