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The How-To Lounge: Getting Through a Blind Date

Meeting guys can be extremely difficult. For those of you who need a little extra help, thank goodness for internet dating, speed dating, fix ups, and blind dates. For some tips to keep in your back pocket,

  • Only let people you know and trust fix you up on a blind date. Your co-worker could think her best bud is wonderful, but she needs to know you both well enough to know if you are wonderful for each other
  • If you chat on the phone or exchange e-mails prior to the date, keep them short. You don't want to create any unrealistic expectations or jump to any negative conclusions
  • You want to be cautious on a blind date so pick a meeting place; don't have him pick you up. Although you are most likely being set up by a friend, you don't know your date, so make sure you have your own car or your own way home
  • Suggest a coffee or drink date instead of committing to an entire evening together, i.e. dinner, in case you are not a good match. Keep in mind; drinks can lead to dinner if you hit it off!
  • Don't go to your favorite bar or restaurant. Running into friends could be distracting and nerve wracking for both of you
  • Keep an open mind. Going into the date with a negative attitude will surely be obvious and could put a damper on your night
  • You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so dress to impress. Wear something you feel comfortable and confident in, but don't go overboard as men oftentimes don't understand trendy clothing
  • Try to keep realistic expectations. It's better to be pleasantly surprised than let down
  • Spark engaging conversation and open up. Talk about things you enjoy so your natural enthusiasm comes out
  • Don't be too sarcastic or dry. Remember, the person you are with doesn't know your sense of humor or personality so be sure to come off approachable
  • At the end of your date, be honest with each other. If you made a connection, plan to see each other again. If you were simply not a good match, let him know you enjoyed yourself and are glad you made a new friend

It takes time to get to know the people you date, so try not to make any snap decisions. Have fun out there and good luck!


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lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i met my dh on a blind date too! a good friend of mine was married to a good friend of his and when i moved to the area they set us up. we went out with them and another couple so it was very relaxed.
blogsap blogsap 10 years
that's really cute, mrsgrillo. congrats!
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 10 years
I nervously went out on a blind date a few years back. It must have gone well, since we are now married :)
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Great tips sugar, i think i might just be going on one of those very soon and these were very helpful!
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