So, you've been talking to what seems to be the guy of your dreams.
You've been hitting it off during the texting stage, and chatting it up nonstop.
The feels are REAL, and you can't deny you're super excited to meet this guy. He's been making awesome brownie points in your book so far, and seems like the entire package.
He has the most charming personality — even over text, the convo is never dry.
Not to mention, his Instagram pictures are smoking hot, too. Literally, though… someone alert the fire department because he's a total BABE.
But now, it's time to meet Prince Charming IRL, and you're kinda-sorta nervous AF.
You want everything to go smoothly, because you're looking forward to seeing where things can go with him.
He has to make a great impression on you, but YOU also have to make an incredible impression on him.
In this day and age of online dating, the first impression is SO important. It goes way beyond a sexy Instagram picture, and impacts the fate of any potential relationship.
Make a horrible impression on him, and you're toast, hunny.
Here's how to ace it:
1. Really LISTEN to what he's saying.
There's nothing more annoying than someone who's not paying attention. You'll kiss your shot at love goodbye if you let things go in one ear, and out the other.
You'll feel so embarrassed if you ask him a question he already answered five minutes ago, too.
2. Don't talk about yourself the entire time.
You may do this because you're nervous, but make sure you're asking questions and taking an interest in getting to know HIM.
3. Don't give in to awkward silences.
If he thinks you're not easy to talk to, there's no chance he'll ask you out on a second date.
Letting the convo die on a date is, well, awkward AF. He'll drop you like a hot potato!
4. Don't give away too much, too soon.
Guys think a sense of mystery is attractive… don't be an open book!
If you lay it all down on the table during your first date, then what is there to look forward to? You want to leave him craving more.
You ALSO don't want to give him every detail about your life in case he turns out to be a total creep or a clinger you can't shake.
5. Make good eye contact. It's sexy!
6. Don't let your attention wander.
7. Sit next to him.
8. Call him by his name to personalize the convo.
9. Give him a firm handshake.
… But not TOO firm so that you break the poor guy's hand and scare him off!
10. Don't have your phone out.
… And don't *slyly* keep checking who's texting you in your purse, either. It's rude!
11. Be confident, and have fun.
Someone can have all the hot damn fine pictures on his/her Bumble profile, but if that person's drab or a stage five-clinger in person… NO DICE.
The little things you do during your first date can actually make or break your shot.
A guy will be moving onto the next girl in a heartbeat if you make a terrible impression on him.