If you’re set up on a blind date, it’s important to have a good mentality going into the date. You should go into the date with an open mind and not have too many expectations.
Avoid discussing topics like politics and religion unless you’re confident that you’ll be able to remain neutral in the conversation. Try to keep the conversation light and friendly.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
When you go on a blind date, it’s important to ask questions. It will help you find out more about your date and it will also make the conversation more interesting.
Be sure to keep the questions light and fun. Avoid asking about things that can be a bit sensitive such as politics or religion.
It’s also a good idea to bring a friend along with you. This will not only help to break the ice and make your date feel more comfortable, but it will also provide a level of security in case something goes wrong during the date. Having a friend there will also give you someone to turn to for advice if needed. This will make the whole experience much less stressful.
2. Be yourself
Many couples meet on blind dates today, whether through one of their friends or a dating app. However, it can be stressful to spend quality time with a stranger who you haven’t even met before.
Dressing up and using manners are important for impressing your date but it’s also important to be yourself. If you’re not interested in your date’s conversation or find yourself picking at their teeth don’t force a smile or act stoic.
Remember that they’re a complete stranger and may have different interests or perspectives than you do. Try to focus on what you have in common and be honest when answering questions. This shows that you’re genuinely interested in getting to know them. It will help break the ice and make your date feel comfortable.
3. Don’t be afraid to say no
It’s important to be able to say no when you’re on a blind date. If you are afraid to do this, it can put a damper on the entire experience. It’s also important to end the date appropriately. Don’t just bail after one drink, but instead extend the common courtesy of leaving on good terms.
Blind dates can be a fun and exciting way to meet new people. However, they can also be awkward and confusing. By following the tips above, you can ensure that your next blind date will be a success. Just remember to keep an open mind and be ready to have a good time!
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second date
If you’re meeting someone for the first time in person (whether a friend set you up or you swiped right on an app) it’s natural to feel nervous. After all, they’re a stranger and you don’t know if he’s actually cool, kind and funny or just a jerk in nice-guy clothing.
If you think he or she is worth a second date, be direct and ask for one. You can do this later that night or even the next day after your date. Just be sure to use the information you gathered from your conversation to pick something you know they’ll enjoy. This way you are confident, yet respectful. This approach also works well for blind dates. Be specific about the activity and leave the rest up to them.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice
A blind date, whether it’s arranged by a mutual friend or dating app, is still a first encounter with a stranger. So, it’s important to ask for advice.
Bringing a friend along on a blind date can also help if your date isn’t a good fit. Friends can keep an eye on your date for any inappropriate behavior and can offer support if the conversation veers into uncomfortable territory.
Remember, even if you have chatted beforehand, it is a good idea to dress casually for a blind date and bring a few drinks. In addition, it is important to pay attention to your date’s nonverbal communication and body language. For example, a crossed leg leaning away from you may indicate disinterest in the conversation.