You don’t need to start telling knock-knock jokes, but if you have a funny anecdote or two in your arsenal, don’t be afraid to share.’ ‘Most of what we communicate is through our body language rather than words.
Folded arms and legs creates a physical barrier that implies you’re closed off. And don’t be afraid to make eye contact – it’s a great way to show your date that you’re interested.’ ‘There are few things more attractive than someone who gives us their undivided attention.
’ ‘Asking your date questions not only shows that you’re interested in what they have to say but it also allows you to get to know them, which is what a first date is all about! More intimate questions about your date’s hopes, dreams and passions will help you forge a closer connection – and it’s a lot more interesting than talking about the weather.’ ‘Nothing is as reassuring as a genuine smile.
If you go into your date with a positive attitude, you’re much more likely to have a good time – and make your date feel good too.’ ‘Who should pay the bill is one the most hotly debated aspects of first date etiquette.
It may sound strange but it really works.’ ‘When we laugh we release endorphins, which can help us to relax.
Sharing a laugh on a first date is a great way to break the ice as well as an effective bonding tool.
Wear something that you’re comfortable in and that reflects the real you.’ ‘First date nerves are natural, but you can tackle them by employing a few confidence tricks.
Visualise a great date – one where the conversation flows easily – and hold on to the positive feelings that the thought encourages. Stand in front of the mirror, put your shoulders back, and say out loud ‘I can do this’.
If they do or say anything which makes you feel uneasy, walk away.
This person is a stranger and you need to protect yourself, first and foremost.’ ‘If your date offers to pick you up at home, politely decline.
Check in with a friend during the date or ask them to call you at a specific time to check on you.’ ‘If your date is making you feel uncomfortable, leave.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just sat down or enjoyed a three-course dinner with them.
In fact, our research shows that over a third (38%) of us admit to a pre-date Google. In-depth social media stalking will make you form judgments before you’ve even sat down together so prioritise getting to know the real person, rather than their online persona.’ ‘A first date is your opportunity to get to know your date – and for them to get to know you.