How to Prepare For a Date

You've snagged a date with someone special, and now you've got the chance to make an impression. Preparing for a date can be nerve-wracking, but can be approached in a step-by-step manner that'll assure you make it to your date fully prepared. The rest is up to you.


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    Do some homework. In the days before a date, take time out to catch up with current events and hot topics. These are great conversation starters and you will be able to impress your date with your knowledge. Try to remember as much as you can about previous conversations together so you can follow up on them. Have a couple of funny stories or conversation pieces up your sleeve in case you need them. There are now many dating advice online forums and sites that one can access in the internet. The problem with some of these sites is that they are not actually made by professionals who have studied and researched their dating advice. It would be prudent to also consider the legitimacy of the dating advice as well as the veracity of it.
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    Start looking and feeling good in advance. Set time aside for exercise in the days before the date, whether it's yoga or push ups. Eat well and get plenty of sleep.
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    Pick your clothes early. You should have several outfits laid out before the day of the date. This way you won't have any last minute panics when you realize you have a spaghetti stain down your favourite shirt. Plus, it will allow you to try on a few different looks on the day of the date and see which one fits your mood most comfortably at the time.
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    Clean up on the day of the date. Take a nice, long shower or bath. Ensure you have clean hair and nails. You should smell good, but not overpowering. Avoid heavy perfumes and aftershaves, especially if your date could be allergic. Ladies, go easy when applying make-up and aim for a natural but groomed look. If things go well he will eventually see you without make-up - and you will want him to recognize you at that point. Shortly before leaving for your date, floss and brush your teeth thoroughly.
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    Think positively. You're going out to enjoy yourself, after all. Don't start worrying about what disasters could happen, because that way they are far more likely to. If you are getting nervous, call a good friend, watch your favourite comedy show or listen to upbeat music. Loosen up. Focus on having fun and you inevitably will.
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    Act like it is natural. Don't show that you're nervous. Being nervous will start things off on the wrong foot.


  • While you are getting ready put on your favourite music and dance around to it. Music and movement release endorphins (happy hormones) and getting the blood pumping will give you a natural healthy glow.
  • Make sure you brush your teeth, you don't want your date to think you have bad breath.
  • Be a good and graceful listener, Talk when it's your turn to talk, Don't cut when your date talks, everyone loves good listener!
  • Make sure you plan what you're going to wear and always make an effort, there's no second chance to make a first impression on your date.
  • Don't try too hard to make the guy like you. One thing that guys hate are, girls who aren't themselves. So just be yourself and have fun!
  • It is not the time to try a new hairdo on the day of the date you want to do a hairstyle that looks good but also natural!
  • If you are insecure about your weight dress in a (not baggy) But more loose outfit.
  • Sometimes even with the best preparation, your date might turn out awful. You may wish to have a "back out plan" in case this happens. Find a good friend you can call and then he/she can call you back in a few minutes so you can say you have some sort of crisis you need to attend to. You could also try being an honest person and say that you don't think it's working out, and that you need to leave early. Be prepared to contribute to the date and excuse yourself.
  • If you take your car, Clean it out!!! Nobody likes a gross car!
  • When getting ready to go on that first date there are many things to consider. First of all there are the questions about where to go, what to wear, transportation, etc.
  • Start a conversation and focus on your date. This should open him/her up (as every person likes to talk about themselves). See if they want to know about you too. Ideally, you both should get an equal opportunity to express yourselves.
  • Be honest! If you are a little nervous, don't try to hide it, it will only look fake. Your date should understand, and maybe, they are nervous too!
  • Always be kind; nobody wants to go on a date with someone mean and bossy.
  • Just don't overdo it, no one wants a sweaty date!
  • For a first date it's a good idea to have a lunch date instead of a dinner date. That way, if you have an awful time at least you didn't waste a whole evening.
  • Be clean and wear only a minimal to moderate amount of makeup. A generally natural presence is always best, on any occasion.
  • On some occasions when you have no clue what to wear ask the boy! Ask what sort of things he likes cloth wise .
  • Relax, be yourself, and be confident. More specifically, in addition to "being confident," you should "know your success" (success breeds confidence). Instead of "being yourself," try "being your best self".


  • Be sure to always have a cell phone and cash for a cab so that you never feel you have to rely on your date for a ride home.
  • Try to be as honest as possible to your date, otherwise it could come back and bite you later on if it does end up working out between you two.
  • Do not say things you do not mean,"I really enjoyed this date", If you do not mean it do not say it.
  • If you feel something's wrong, trust your instincts and politely but firmly end the date.
  • Always be careful about alcoholic intake.
  • Never put yourself in a compromising situation, most people are trustworthy, but "date rape" is unfortunately a real occurrence. Always have a first date in a public setting (restaurant, movie, club, mall, etc.) Only accept drinks served from a bottle or can opened by you or in front of you, or by a server. Unfortunately, there are drugs, date rape drugs, that can be added to any drink without any noticeable difference in taste. Some people use these drugs to put women (and sometimes men) in precarious situations. If you turn away from your drink, get into the habit of covering it with your hand, as it only takes a second to slip something into a drink. If you are suspicious, get a new drink.

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