First Date Etiquette: Get Him to Stick Around

Thursday, 27 February 2014

In the past, men were supposed to court women. Chivalry was a common thing, and suitors would line up to impress and please the women they fancied. Unfortunately, we don't live in the land of fairy tales! Now it's equal territory for men and women, and we ladies have to work just as hard to keep a man interested and around. The best place to start is at the beginning, with the first date. So what can you do to make sure to make a good impression when you're having your first date with a new guy?

First of all, don't buy into any of that "bad girls get the guy" mumbo jumbo that's floating around. A real man wants a real, polite, well-mannered woman. There's a lot that can be said about a lady who understands and utilizes basic etiquette and manners, so don't let them fall by the wayside. Be polite to everyone you encounter while on your date, excuse yourself when necessary, and really just generally try to be courteous of others around you. Using and remembering basic manners is a testament to your ability to empathize and care about other people.

The next step is related, but somewhat different. You must never get visibly angry on a first date. Sure, that sounds odd -- who would be angry on a first date? But you'd be surprised. Perhaps the valet scratches your car, or the waiter forgets your desert, or the bartender pours you the wrong drink, or the woman at the table next to you in the restaurant is being loud and obnoxious. While you could react aggressively in any normal situation, on a first date that will come off as rash and probably ruin everyone's good time, including your own. Learn to let these little things go and the date will be more fun for the both of you.

Last, take pride in yourself. Don't let anything get you down. Know who you are and what you're interested in, and talk about it confidently. There's nothing sexier than a woman who is confident in herself. Do everything you can to amplify your best features and the strongest points of your personality. That said, don't commandeer all dinner conversation. Let him have his moment in the sun, too! After all, first dates are about getting to know one another. Take the time to do it so that you have some groundwork for the second date!

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Hannah Fairfield is a dating and relationship expert. Her passion is writing informative articles for women who want to improve their love lives. Visit her site for more information.


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