Going In Blind

So, much to your disdain, your best friend (or maybe your enemy) has set you up on a blind date. As much as you were initially reluctant you are now willing to go along with it. After all, what is the worst that can happen? Now you want to know how you can get through that date! Trust me, it is much easier than it seems.

Perhaps the best tip to give to make sure that you get in touch with your blind date beforehand. It doesn’t matter whether it is through e-mail or the telephone (or even Facebook). Just let them know that you want to set up a date. Have a little talk with them and decide where and when they should meet you. You could of course let your friend set you up on the day instead, but you do want to be a little bit prepared right?

Perhaps the best thing you can do is dress for the occasion. If you are planning to go out for a meal then try to dress up nicely. Remember, the way in which you dress is likely to be the first Impression that your date gets of you. Therefore make sure that you dress to impress! Try to arrive at least five minutes early for your date too. This again will give good first impression.

A good tip before you arrive on the date is to not set your expectations too high. If you set them too high then it is likely that you will get shot down, even if the person you are meeting is the nicest person in the world. Don’t go in with low expectations either. Instead plan meet them with the intention of having fun as opposed to hooking up and getting married.

During the date you should try to appear friendly and smile at all times. You don’t want the date to be all about you (that will be boring for the other person). Try to ask a few questions. Get to know them a little better. Answer any questions that they ask you honestly. Avoid questions that are too personal on a first date. Just try to keep the conversation light and go with the flow.

At the end of the date, if you want to meet them again you should let them know. If you don’t, do not mention anything of the sort. You don’t want your friendship to be ruined with whoever set you up just because you dragged the relationship out far too long and hurt somebody.

A blind date isn’t that much different from any other date, so prepare the same way. With the increase in social media usage you’ll even be able to do a little research before your date. First dates should always be held in a public place and always let a friend or family member know where you’re going. It’s also advisable to meet you date at the location instead of having them pick you up.

Be safe, have fun and relax. Even a bad date is a learning experience.

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