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Not much can get the stomach squirming as that all-important first date. Especially if you havenÂt dated in a while and are going out with someone you might like to see again. No matter what, donÂt take it, or yourself, for granted. For a first date to go smoothly, The Right One and Together Dating offer these tips to help you prepare.
(PRWEB) June 16, 2004
Not much can get the stomach squirming as that all-important first date. Especially if you havenÂt dated in a while and are going out with someone you might like to see again. No matter what, donÂt take it, or yourself, for granted. For a first date to go smoothly, you have to prepare.
Why? Simply put, first appearances make huge impressions. If you are setting up the date and have no concrete plans, or if you arrive at your destination then are at a loss for words, your date will not be impressed. And rightfully so. The act of dating implies social interaction between two people. So be prepared to carry out your end of that obligation.
Think ahead of time about conversations youÂd like to have. Run through some topics that interest you, from your work, family and hobbies to current events. This isnÂt to say you should be able to give a dissertation about the impact of Bedouin tribes on Iraqi politics. But people usually want the people theyÂre seeing to be reasonably well-rounded. And chatting easily about headline news as well as why you like golf (or crochet, or traveling, or gardening, etc.) increases the comfort level of both parties.
Just as you should be prepared to chat, also be ready to listen. ÂThe best conversationalists are good listeners,Â says Paul Falzone, CEO of The Right One and Together Dating, the worldÂs largest dating service. ÂListening closely, and asking pertinent questions about what your date is talking about, shows you care. You and your date should be talking about things that interest you. If itÂs important to your date, then you owe the courtesy of listening well. Besides, you can score some big points by being truly interested.Â
Falzone also says itÂs imperative to play it straight on a first date. ÂActing or carrying on false pretenses will surely backfire with the person who is just getting to know you,Â he says. ÂBe yourself, be honest, be sincere. That doesnÂt mean donÂt have fun. Having fun together is what dating is all about. Just donÂt try to be someone or something youÂre not. That will backfire every time.Â
Both parties should understand what the date is to entail. An invitation to go out to dinner does not mean having a picnic in the park. And different restaurants imply different attire, so mention the restaurant by name when planning a date. An outfit just right for JerryÂs Wild Irish Saloon would likely be inappropriate for dinner at the Ritz. Being under - or over-dressed can be embarrassing. And whoever does the inviting should plan to do the paying. On subsequent dates you might want to trade off on expenses. Talk about it. Finances are part of your reality, so be up front about what you can Â and canÂt Â afford.
And donÂt feel you have to stick by the old dating standard of dinner and a movie, Falzone says. Be creative, if moderately so. Cliff climbing is a bit extreme for a first time out. But viewing a gallery opening and reception for a local artist might be just the thing. Or taking in a comedy production by a nearby repertory company (nothing too heavy until you know your dateÂs likes and dislikes) could precede cocktails or coffee at a cafÃ©.
ÂOne of the keys to successful dating is being courteous,Â Falzone says. ÂConfirm your date, be on time and conclude it comfortably. If you want to see each other again, great. If not, thatÂs OK too Â not every date leads to another. Go into it with no expectations, and be sure to end it on a polite note.Â
Unlike in the movies and on TV, not every date ends with a kiss. ÂA kiss should be meant for someone you care about and is not automatic on first dates,Â Falzone says. ÂA warm smile, a lingering look or a meaningful handshake with a sincere Âthank youÂ each says you had a good time. And they plant the seed of future discovery while keeping the interested party intrigued. ItÂs OK to move slowly. The ideal date leads to more dates and increasing interest in each other. Where that leads is up to you.Â
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The merger of The Right OneÂ® with national franchises of TogetherÂ® created the worldÂs largest introduction service. The alliance is a marriage of convenience for clients Â offering a more consistent product, a greater number of potentially compatible mates and more flexibility in transferring memberships to another geographic region.
Today, with an ambitious plan to open 12-24 new offices a year, Together and The Right One have more than 125,000 members Â many of whom have their memberships on hold while they take the time to explore a successful relationship. With more than 500 employees, TogetherÂ® and The Right OneÂ® gross more than $45 million a year in revenue.
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(EditorÂs note: For interviews with the colorful and articulate Paul A. Falzone, CEO of The Right One and Together Dating and author of a recent book on the history of dating, please contact Steve Dubin, PR Works, at (781) 878-9533, or by e-mail at sdubin@prworkzone. com).