Everyone wants to make a good impression with their date on a first date. There is nothing more disappointing than going on an amazing first date and then finding out that your date didn’t feel the same way as you did about it. Here are some ideas on how to make sure you give off good vibes from the start of your date.
Be aware of what kind of impression you want to make
Be aware of what kind of impression you want to make on your casual or serious dating partner but also be mindful of what they might expect if they had been asked out by someone else who had drastically different interests from them.
That person may have gone for a hike in order to get away from other people and spend time with nature, while another person might go hiking because they like to watch people while pretending to be alone themselves.
First dates should wait until the second date before showing too much interest in one another’s hobbies and interests.
For instance, if you like vegan cooking, or your partner enjoys eating only meat, it might not be good for either of you to discuss it on a first date.
If this is something that affects other aspects of your relationship (such as where you would like to go out to eat), then that same discussion needs to wait until the third or fourth date when an actual commitment has been made between two people.
It can also lead into deeper conversations about feelings later on down the road if we take things slowly and keep an open mind towards our casual dating partner.
Keep in mind how good your own first impression is on them
In addition to being mindful of what your date would prefer for a good first impression, you should also keep in mind how good your own first impression is on them, as well as their possible judgment of you.
For instance, if the person you are on a date with is someone who has already been exposed to many different kinds of daters and potential good impressions, they might be more discerning about the good daters they choose to spend more time with.
Therefore, after making that good initial impression yourself by being kind and courteous towards them, you need to try to learn what makes your date special.
Doing these things can give you good insight into what your own good first impression should be. The initial good impression that you have made might not even matter after learning all the good things about the person you are dating because good impressions are just always nice to have, but if that initial good impression happens to feel right for both parties at the same time, then it will lead into a good relationship.
One final tip for making a good first impression is to pay attention to signals given off by your date.
They should signal interest in whatever ideas you have brought up or shown interest in during conversation, so if there is something they are not as enthusiastic about, it is good to change the topic of conversation.
This should also be done if you have brought up something sensitive that might lead into a heated or emotional discussion that could quickly turn personal and even invasive for your date. Make sure to pay attention to what they’re good at doing and good at being, so that you can acknowledge them for those things instead of trying to push them to discuss their weaknesses or force them to do something they are not good at doing.
That way, both parties will hopefully leave their first date having made a good impression on each other.
With these tips in mind, dating can become a lot easier and more fun because you know how much effort you need to put into making good first impressions and good conversations.
It is good to keep in mind good dating etiquette so everyone can feel comfortable with each other and know what they are allowed to do or ask on a date, without feeling awkward or embarrassed about any of it.
First dates can be stressful for many people, so by learning how to make good first impressions through your conversation topics, you can hopefully alleviate some of that stress for yourself and help your partner enjoy the experience as well.