By Ann Marier
Okay, the guy you've been crushing on forever just called and asked you out. You want the night to be perfect. Follow these first dating tips to have a wonderful, safe time.
First Dating Tip #1: Clarify the Details
When you hear the words "big date," you may be thinking formal gowns and tuxedos. Your guy may be thinking dinner and a movie. So clarify what you're going to do and what kind of dress code is expected.
First Dating Tip #2: It's All in the Attitude
Many girls would do anything to snag that first date, even if it means agreeing to going rock climbing when their idea of a hard workout is changing the channel on the television set. These dates often end with everyone in a bad mood. If you've agreed to an activity you don't really like, be a good sport about it. You might have fun. At the very least, you can get to a second date by saying, "Next time, we'll have to try something I'm good at."
First Dating Tip #3: Communicate
Girls tend to get chatty when they're nervous; guys tend to clam up. Girls usually spill their deepest secrets in fifteen seconds or less; guys may never spill them at all. On the first date, keep the conversation light. Try to make sure you each do about fifty percent of the talking. If he's playing the strong, silent type, try to get him speaking by asking about his interests. Use open ended questions. "Did you like the movie?" can be answered with a “yes” or a “no”. "What did you like best about the movie?" requires a little more.
First Dating Tip #4: Stay Sober
Sure, alcohol lubricates the tongue; but a lubricated tongue can say things that make you want to curl up and die when you think back on them the next morning. More importantly, being sober can keep you safe. Up to ninety percent of date rapes occur when one or more of the parties have been drinking.
First Dating Tip #5: Follow Up
If you had a nice time, do something the next day to let the guy know. E-mail, text message, phone or send him a nice note. Thank him for a nice time and suggest another activity you could do together. For instance: "Loved watching the football game with you. Are you up for basketball next week?" Guys often aren't sure what to do after a first date, and this kind of follow up points him in the right direction.
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