Sunday, 8 November 2015

9 First Date Blunders Of All Time.



Here’s the moment of truth. You’ve met someone you really like. You’re excited. You’re nervous. You begin to formulate a plan. You mull over how you will dress, talk and act. You begin to think through what you’ll say, what they’ll say and then what you’ll say to what they said…

Hold on a second there. Before you get too tied up with what you are going to do, realize the first date is more about not making a bad impression than it is making a good one. After all, the other person is going out with you – they’re interested.
Here are 10 first date blunders that virtually guarantee there won’t be a second date:


1. Talking only about yourself – Isn’t it sad that the whole conversation can’t revolve around you? Not really. It should be fun to learn about someone else, their hopes, dreams, work and life. So while it’s tempting to try to impress by talking about yourself, it’s far more influential to be interested en the other person. Dating is a two way street. Let them talk at least 50-60% of the time and you’ll be ok.

2. Revealing too much – I know what you’re thinking. “I need to be honest so that they know up front who I am and my past.”
Ok, Mr. Creepy, let’s settle down there for a minute. There is a time and place for everything. A first date is not the time to spill the beans on embarrassing past moments, deepest darkest secrets, or about spending the night in the pokey for stealing skin mags from the corner store. At best, your revelation will make you both uncomfortable. At worst, she might brandish the pepper spray.
Same for the women. First dates aren’t the place to reveal past relationships with college professors or your 2 month stint in rehab for a chocolate addiction. Keep it light and fun, not heavy and depressing.

3. Not listening – Have you ever had someone ask you a question and as you were answering, they changed the subject? How did you feel? You probably felt like you weren’t very important to that person right?
It’s the same with first dates. We want to impress the other person, but the best way to impress is be impressed. Ask questions and listen intently to the answers. You should want to know. After all, by dating you will be spending a lot of time with someone, wouldn’t it be better to learn as much about that person as possible?

4. Not looking your best – Isn’t it great when some people say “I am not going to waste time getting all dressed up for this date. If he doesn’t like me for more than my looks then he’s an idiot anyway…”
Sounds good on paper, but fact is, we are all concerned about looks. Looking your best (notice I didn’t say dress like a sex-pot or wear a tuxedo and top hat) is a sign of confidence and security. Looking your worst implies you might be sloppy and/or have bathing issues.

5. Trying to be cool or aloof – “Hey baby, glad you could make it. I’ve ordered you a cocktail and have us a table waiting.” Pretty cool eh?
My female readers are probably rolling their eyes right now. Trying to be cool will ensure one thing…that you aren’t.
Its the same with being aloof. Guys seem to do this more than women, but women can play it too. Pretending not to care will send a message to the other person… that you don’t care. You might say “But that’s like playing hard to get. What if that makes her chase me?
Question: when has that ever worked out for you? No need for games. Show focused interest in the people you like or take up another hobby. You’re wasting everybody’s time and giving me a headache…off with ye!


6. Going someplace where you cant talk – Hey, I’ve got a great idea. Let’s go see the Pixies reunion show together for our first date. That way we can yell at each other and still not hear a word. The object of a first date is to keep it light and informative. You want to discover whether this person is compatible with you. You can’t possibly find that out if you can’t talk.

7. Not being yourself – Similar to being cool above, being yourself is your only long term strategy. Lets say you don’t take this advice. How long can you keep up the act? I guarantee it won’t be long.

8. Bringing friends along – People who bring along friends on a first date baffles the mind. There are so many ways this can go wrong it is almost sad. Let’s break it down. On most first dates, you are ahead of the game as long as you aren’t making a bad impression. Do you really want to bring along your buddy who instantly doubles your odds of looking like a moron?
Women, I know you might think “Hey, there is safety in numbers… you never know if the guy is a rapist or not.” True, I guess you never do know. But if you have suspicions, then what are you doing going out with him in the first place? Instead of bringing your girlfriend(s) along, pick a public place where you can get to know the guy. Take as long as you need, but bringing along a friend risks you looking immature as well as your girlfriend running off with the guy.

9. Not listening to your gut – You know that little voice in your head that says ‘oh he’s bad news’ or the little sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach ‘something about her is strangely unnerving in a Paris Hilton sort of way.’ These ‘primal’ senses are critical not only to forming a happy and healthy relationship, but they can prevent you from being hurt.
“But she’s so hot!” he argues. “He’s so confident and mysterious.” she says. They always are. Move on anyway.
To have your heart and head moving in two different directions leads to confusion. Confusion leads to vulnerability. And vulnerability leads to nothing good at the hands of some crazy person… Need I go on?
Trusting your gut can be a challenge if you feel lonely or needy. But not trusting it is going against your nature. At best, you would be snuggling up with someone incompatible with you. At worst… well, we won’t go there… Lets just say some people in this world aren’t nearly as kind and loving as you, ok?
The goal of a first date
To summarize, first dates can be both a thrilling and nervous event. My basic advice is to be yourself, be curious and keep it light. First dates are like job interviews, so ask yourself “would I say or do this to a potential employer?” If the answer is no, then you are much better off doing something else.

culled from persistenceunlimited.com

5 comments:

  1. nice one kasie, can i ask a question?

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  2. Ok, then, my question is; does it really matter to kiss on a first date?, if yes, why?, if no, give your reasons,I want to know your view of this,

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    1. In a country like ours where cultural appreciation stands, kissing on a first date is not really ideal. Both parties would feel they really do not know each other long enough to indulge in the act..so to them, it does not matter.... It's a thing of the mind... but then again, what if u went on a date with someone u've been crushing on for a long while.......you get my point?

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