The first date means putting the best version of yourself out there. This is all good and well, but remember to also stay honest. There might be some old-fashioned rules about dating and keeping proper. We have some less restrictive and outdated rules.

1. Be on time – It’s not nice to keep your date waiting. If you are running late, let the other person know.

2. No phone zone – When on your date, put away your phone. Pay attention to your date and don’t make them feel that someone or something else is more important.

3. Embrace the awkward – Going on a first date will always bring some awkwardness. Admit that it is part of the process of getting to know each other.

4. Clarify expectations – Be honest about what you expect from dating. Share what you expect and what you want from the future.

5. Don’t be too judgmental – If you meet your date for the first time and he or she is wearing something weird or have some sort of physical attribute that you wonder about, don’t judge too harshly. Keep to your standards, but don’t be rude or cruel.

6. Eye contact – If you like the other person, make eye contact. It shows interest. You want your date to know that you are interested.

7. Listen – Even if the current topic is not interesting to you, listen to what the other person is saying. Listen and respond.

8. Questions – Asking questions keeps the conversation going. It is also a good way to get to know the other person.

9. Open-mindedness – Stay open minded, but have your limits. When the other person is proposing things that you are uncomfortable with, say no. If things get weird, tell them so. It is good to have an open mind, but keep yourself safe.

10. The ex – Don’t talk about your ex too much. You can say you were in a relationship and why it ended, but don’t keep coming back to it.

These are a few rules to follow to help you with your first date. Follow these and your instincts and you should be fine. Your instincts are always right.

We know most men don’t find grooming natural. It is however very important if you want to look good for your date. It is also a good idea to make sure that you put the best foot forward always. Us ladies like it when our men look good. We have a few easy tips for you to clean up your appearance.

Wash your hair


You should wash your hair 3 times a week. More than that can cause damage.

Hairstyles for baldness

If you are bald or going bald, the best style is to keep it short. This will look neat.

Eyebrows


Keep your eyebrows trimmed. No, it is not something only women should do. Keep your face neat and looking clean by trimming those eyebrows.

Moisturize


To keep your skin looking good, moisturize after you shaved. It will soothe and refresh your skin.

Fold dress shirts


Every man should know how to correctly fold dress shirts. This is especially important when traveling and packing shirts. A man in a wrinkled shirt is not sexy.

Ties and knots


Ties come in different shapes and sizes. Every man should know the different types of ties and the knots that go with them.

Blazers


Not all outfits go with sports jackets and you don’t want to wear a suit all the time. A blazer is a must-have in any man’s wardrobe. It can be worn for all sorts of non-formal situations.

Belts


You probably have a favorite belt, but it most likely doesn’t go with all your outfits. A belt should match your shoes and the style you are rocking.

Shine your shoes


This is important to keep your shoes in a good condition. It keeps the leather healthy and shiny.

Loafer socks


To keep your feet fresh and prevent odor, wear loafer socks.

If you do these simple things, you will be irresistible to us ladies. It is the small things that count.

Body language or non-verbal communication is very important in any interaction. This is also true for dating situations. Your body language tells people much more than your words can. Some people are not even aware of this. There are ways to improve your skills in this area. Follow these few tips.

Pay attention

People communicate through more than their words. Pay attention to people’s eye contact, hand gestures, body positioning, and tone of voice. Paying attention to others’ body language will improve your own.

Look for inconsistencies

When speaking to someone you might feel like what they are saying is not true. This is often because their verbal and non-verbal communication is not saying the same thing. Staring at the ground while saying you are happy and confident is not consistent.

Tone of voice

Pat attention to your tone of voice. A person’s tone of voice can tell you a lot. You can hear anger, joy, enthusiasm, disinterest, and even when someone is trying to suppress anger. Your tone of voice influences how people react to you.

Eye contact

Eye contact is very important. Good eye contact means you hold someone’s gaze for a few seconds and then look away. Avoiding eye contact can look like you are hiding something. Staring, on the other hand, can make people uncomfortable or make you seem confrontational.

Context

For any communication, consider the context. This will give you an idea of what behavior is suitable. In a dating situation, for example, you won’t be extremely formal in what you say and do. It is a social situation. There might be some hesitation or uncertainty here and there, but that is normal when you start to get to know someone.

Basically, the most important thing to do is pay attention. Keep your eyes open to see what others’ body language is telling you. Also, pay attention to what your own body language and tone of voice is telling other people. You can learn to improve your communication.

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