Have you been preparing to head out on your first date with a like-minded match? Well, the best thing you can do is to prepare. While relationships go much beyond the first impression, your first date can actually have a lot of influence on your compatibility. Here’s how you can ace the first date with a match:
- Reach before time
Let’s face it, no one likes to wait. When it comes to dating, there’s only one word that matters the most – efforts. If you’re looking to impress your match on the first date, being on time is the foremost thing that you should care about. Being late can give a negative impression and you don’t want to cause them any waiting-related inconvenience. Show them your interest and efforts by reaching before the decided time. This will also give you some extra duration to be comfortable with the environment.
- Be courteous and respectful
Respect is an integral part of all relationships and friendships. From shaking hands to talking about things, your attitude should be directed at making your match comfortable on the first date. Ask them if they like the ambience of the chosen place. Little questions like these would help them voice out any concerns that they might have and your courteous attitude would be appreciated.
- A heartfelt smile goes a long way
Being poker faced is not the best way to impress your match. However, the same applies to a fake smile. Try to keep your expressions as welcoming and genuine as possible. You don’t need to smile all the time you’re with them but a little positive grin when they arrive or talk about their interests would be appreciated. This will impress your match because they’ll understand that it comes from a place of honesty.
- Listen to them and engage with them
One of the most important things in any association is one’s ability to understand the other. Listening is an important trait and if your match can feel valued when they’re talking about something, they’d appreciate your gesture. Try to not interrupt them and ask interesting questions when they’re finished. If you stay silent even after they’re done talking, they might feel that they have bored you. Keep the balance intact and exercise good judgement to give a positive impression.
- Research about their hobbies or interest
Even if you don’t share many hobbies or interests with your match, getting yourself acquainted with what they like will definitely put you in their good books. This doesn’t meant that you need to follow all their hobbies. It simply requires you to know a bit about their interests. For instance, if they like a particular book, you can read about the author and ask them about the other works that inspired them. This will show your match that you’re in it for the long haul.
- Use humor but with constraints
If you can crack a joke or two, it’d do well to lighten up the nervousness that generally crowds the first date. However, be mindful of the subject. Never pick any offensive or discriminatory topic to joke about as it could end up hurting your match emotionally. Keep the environment breezy by telling a funny story from your college days or school days. This will help them get comfortable to a great extent.
- Respect their boundaries
Understand your match’s nervousness and try to engage with them once they’re comfortable. Pushing them to come out of their shell can have negative consequences so make sure that you’re letting them open-up gradually. Giving them this time would clearly impress them as they’d get the message of you putting their comfort at a priority. Similarly, ask general questions and avoid getting too personal on the first date. Respecting boundaries is the right way to approach your match and they’ll surely appreciate you for it.
- Leave a thank you message after the date
After your date is over, remember to thank your match for a fine experience. Message/call them after a while to show them that you had a good time. This gesture will assure them of your liking towards them and they’ll be more likely to reciprocate. However, being honest is the key here. Do this step only if you’ve actually enjoyed the date.
To follow all these steps to impress your match, you need to pick a perfect place! Read our blog on the 10 best places to visit in Delhi for a first date to begin a meaningful bond with your match.