Out of all your friends, you’re the single one… and because you’re single, your friends feel like they need to “hook you up” with someone they think would be a good fit for you. Little do they know, you’re perfectly fine being single. Of course, it would be nice to meet someone you like and enjoy spending time with but you don’t expect them to go out of their way to find someone for you to date, especially if you’re not going out of your way to find someone.
There are all kinds of options out there for you to meet someone. From online dating or being set up on a blind date by your friends to stumbling upon someone in the grocery store… each instance has its own pros and cons list but at least those instances provide a way for singles to meet each other with the potential of it leading to something more. So, with that being said, how are you supposed to go on a date in hopes of it leading to date number two?
The answer to that question consists of two words: First Impressions. According to Business Insider, it takes only seven seconds to make a first impression of someone and to make a GOOD first impression, the New York Post states that it takes 27 seconds, and you know what they say about first impressions… you don’t get second chances to make first impressions so you better get it right the first time! In the world of dating, first impressions are vital. If you have a first date coming up and you need all the help you can get on how to make a great first impression.
Making Great First Impressions
When going on a first date, creating positive and memorable first impressions is definitely what can and will lead to dates two, three, and four. You want to present yourself in the most positive light possible, and in order to do this, there are a few simple steps you can do to take the stress and jitters away from meeting someone for the first time. Here are the best ways to make a great first impression on your first date.
Tip 1: Always Show Up On Time to Your Date
It seems like things always go wrong when you have a first date, especially when you’re trying to get there. Whether it’s traffic or not being able to decide what you’re going to wear in enough time, showing up late to a first date does not set the tone or make a good impression for your first date. Showing up on time not only shows that you care but it also shows the person you’re meeting up with that you take getting to know them seriously.
Tip: When figuring out a time to meet up, factor in a 10-15 minute grace period to account for unforeseen circumstances like traffic or parking. If you do show up to the date late, don’t try to make light of it; apologize as soon as you meet your date and let them know that being late is something that doesn’t happen often.
Tip 2: Smile
One of the biggest ways a woman is more approachable to a man is by smiling, and that goes for anyone in general too. That’s not saying you’re supposed to be smiling ALL the time but when going on a first date, you definitely want to be smiling and looking like you’re excited to be there.
Now, with your smile, you need to make sure your smile is looking great. Having a great smile is definitely not something you want to wait to get taken care of for your first date either. If you have an unsightly smile due to poor dental hygiene, you’re going to want to look into some dental procedures to give you the smile that will anyone fall in love with you after meeting you.
Tip: If you need to better align your teeth, Invisalign braces are a great option but if you need to correct tooth imperfections, dental veneers are a better option for you and they’re not invasive either. But both of these options are all part of good dental hygiene in general. Consider getting this type of work done before entering the dating scene.
Tip 3: Dress Nicely and Appropriately
When going on a first date, you, of course, want to look your best and come dressed for the occasion. Pay attention to where you’re going for your date because you don’t want to show up to a go-cart date wearing high heels. Ideally, you want to dress nice for your date but you also want to be comfortable on your date. Being uncomfortable on your date can definitely lead to a good date turning bad.
Tip 4: Additional Tips
- Don’t go overboard on your perfume
- Bring your personality
- Don’t go overboard on the drinks
- Listen with the intent to contribute to the conversation
- Keep an open mind
Because this is your first date, you want to make sure you make the right good impression the first go-round so, follow these tips, plus the additional tips to ensure your first date leads to dates two, three, and four, and who knows… those dates might lead to forever!