You think you have it figured out? We hate to rain on your parade.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, in spite of being two distinctively individual beings we’d like you to think alike when it comes to getting your first date right! Here are ten tips to help ensure that you don’t get dumped on your first date or worse, become a part of a post like this one!
10. Dressed like a truck just rolled over you?
First impressions may not necessarily be the last impressions but that doesn’t mean you can take a risk on the first thing that your date will notice. No you do not have to endure a stuffy three piece suit, it isn’t your prom night and neither do you have to wrap yourself like a mummy with a provocative halter neck. Just be yourself! Casual jeans and t-shirt is just fine as long as you do not start bragging about the brand and how your last girlfriend helped choose it for you.
9. Ditch that phone
If for once you can counter the fear of ‘separation anxiety’ and keep your cell phone away, even if the person on the other side of the table is engrossed in checking in on Facebook, things may actually work for you. It shows that you are attentive, an avid listener and can hold a conversation on topics that do not merely revolve around social media and trolling. Also, try not to give your gang of friends live updates on the progress of the date – ‘He soooo can’t eat without making noise but he is wearing a Rolex!’; ‘Yet another blonde! All she can talk about is shopping. But she’s hawt!’ You get it don’t you?
8. Handle that roving eye
This one may be a little hard to digest, but there are men who still call out to the wait staff with unceremonious cat calls of ‘Oye’ and ‘shush shussh’. For the sake of all thing holy, show some respect! Also, try not to ogle at every hot woman/man who is in your line of sight. Please wait until the end of the date.
7. Don't be a slob
Cleaning up your plate versus licking it clean – please don't binge like you have been starved for eternity! If it is a wine and dine, do not use the cutlery like you have sufficient experience in murdering someone. Please use the napkin kept on the quarter plate, it is your friend.
6. Go easy on the cologne
Well, here’s a secret - psychologically, before you even see or converse with somebody, the fragrance they use has already lead you to form an opinion of them. There's women keep talking about they want their men to smell sublime.
5. Stop making it about you
As much as you love yourself, there's a good chance the person sitting opposite you doesn't share the same sentiments, so calm down. Try listening, it's a great experience.
4. The Boob Man
How do you expect to have a decent conversation if you cannot take your eyes off her assets or if you seditiously start sucking on your cocktail? Every time you make a statement, you do NOT have keep winking at her at your double meaning joke that she pretended not to get.
3. Keep the family out of it!
No. Nobody wants to know how many children aunty Rashmi has or how Rakesh uncle is cheating on his wife. Keep the conversation light.
2. Getting rogered and acting like you're mentally disabled
If you cannot handle your drinks, avoid the booze on the first date. In any case, nobody wants to date a guzzler.
1. Declaring undying love
No, holding hands does not mean that you will end up getting married and neither does cuddling mean that you are meant for each other. Unless of course you are one of those rare couples who have managed to persuade the cupid to be their chaperon from the word go! But seriously, are you stupid or what?
There you have it! Got a tip to share? Let us know.