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Creating a rocking first impression on your first date

Romance is in the air and nothing says romance like a classic spring date night with that special someone. However, first dates are always nerve wracking for many.

The pressure to create a good impression on that special someone is a task many find traumatising. The saying goes “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” So if your objective is to kill with your very first impression, you might just find these tips helpful:

Dress to kill Dress to kill: Dressing well creates a good first impression and makes you confident. Studies show that when you don’t feel comfortable, you are less likely to be yourself. Not being yourself is the last thing you want to do on a first date.
Pay attention to little details – A shave, nail colour or matching will probably say more about you than you imagine.
Become a good listener Become a good listener: It’s not always all about you on a date. Listening to what your date has to say is of prime importance. Even if the conversation does not spark your interest, be chivalrous and pay attention. Ask open ended questions and genuinely listen to the answers so that you can keep the conversation flowing by saying something relevant back. It’s all about getting to know one another after all.
Avoid using your phone Avoid using your phone: We know that technology has crept into every aspect of life, but the first date is not really the time you should be using it. We spend so much time interacting online and on social media platforms that we forget the joys of the good old face time. Avoid checking your phone during the date and actually be present in the moment. Keeping your phone on silent or out of reach should reduce the temptation.
Relax Relax: It’s just a date, not an interview. Your posture is a reflection of your mood. An open, upright posture is very important, but you don’t want to look like a robot either. Smiling can help you lighten the mood and the atmosphere in general.

These are some of the basic tips to create a good first impression on a date. The most important thing to remember though is being your best self. Don’t try too hard to impress your date. Let your real personality do the work.

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