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Good first date for online dating

First dates. They can be nerve-wracking, exciting and, if they go well, they can be the start of something truly great.

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As a lot of you know, I met my own husband online. The tips in this article are ones I personally road-tested, and that my private clients continue to use today, to find their own Happily Ever After match. Once those roadblocks are out of the way, you can actually relax and have fun.

Set yourself up for success. Protect your self esteem and prevent toxic relationships before they can even start.

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Never forget that you are dealing with an unconnected stranger who can disappear or act like a jerk at any point in the process. When your sister-in-law sets you up with her single co-worker, that dude is on notice to treat you like gold; otherwise, word will get out and there will be negative consequences for his poor form.

Not so with that Tinder guy…. Unfortunately, to Mr. Tinder, you are some random dot on the graph of life. He may start out professing love, only to disappear without a trace or make it clear you are just one more girl in the harem. So, please lower your expectations for any new guy.

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An online match can ghost at any point in the process. Rule 2: Never contact men first. Sites and apps attract revenue and memberships when they deliver lots of connections. They WANT you to be reaching out to men. Follow this rule and spare yourself the type of date I describe in Rule 14, where the man has mentally checked out before his first beer. Is that what you want? Rule 3: Limit the Date Zero first real-life meeting to 1 hour.

This has several benefits, not the least of which is that a man is more likely to ask you out again, for a proper date, if you limit the time spent in this initial meeting.

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The purpose of date zero is simply to see if there is a mutually agreed-upon level of attraction. A good venue could be drinks, coffee, or a juice bar—any public space. All-day hiking, a picnic at a scenic spot an hour out of town, and other time-intensive activities are not appropriate venues. Neither is anything overtly sexy or intimate, such as watching videos or cooking at his apartment or yours. Meeting at a strip club is never appropriate, unless you work there and he is picking you up for the date.

A man does not need your real, full name until you have gone out several times and you are sure that he is legit. Following this rule will boost your confidence and allow you to engage with men in a more relaxed way—which will make them even more into you.

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Never use your work phoneworkor any other identifying contact information in your online profile. If he presses you for your full name before the third date and you trust him, go ahead and share it. But it is also o. And if he turns out to be psycho, you will have made it much, much harder for him to track you down again. Rule 5: After he suggests meeting, have him call you to finalize the date details. On the surface, this call is about logistics and avoiding endless texts back and forth, but it is also a safety check. You can tell a lot about someone through a brief conversation—no longer than the few minutes it takes to arrange your meeting place and time.

Does he sound overly nervous?

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Does he sound weird? Remember, texting is silent: If a man resists calling you it can be a that he has a girlfriend or is possibly even married.

Most women are fine with messaging or contact only, so you may need to say—after he suggests meeting—"Sounds great, could we figure it out on the phone? If he never calls, you'll know he wasn't really in the running in the first place. Instead, pull up your big girl panties and face the facts: Mr. Restless is probably not attracted to you. Politely end the date early and move on. Rule 7: Forgive his dorky sense of humor. Some men are eager to impress, but not necessarily skilled at putting women at ease.

They may think they are flirting with you by teasing and making jokey comments, and offend instead. Before the date it is sometimes hard to tell if your sense of humor will be compatible with his; and whether he is socially impaired or just nervous. Lots of nice guys lose out at this stage, simply because they hang out with other men all day at work and are a little awkward around girls.

You may have discovered a diamond in the rough who will shine when you meet in real life. Rule 8: Skip men with overtly sexual profiles. The best part about the pick-up crowd is that they tend to be very open about their interests. Let other women take that bait. Rule 9: Ignore men with lazy opening lines.

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Wait to receive a message that demonstrates a little more effort and interest in your profile, specifically. It is neither bossy nor impolite to state your preferences. If a guy is excited about meeting you he will want to please and impress you. While we would typically let a man lead the planning of a date, a gentleman will certainly ask for your opinions.

It is o. And you can only meet on Tuesday. If he has already asked you out, is in planning mode, and is inviting you to provide feedback—give it to him.

It was not going to go well anyway. There is never a need to embellish. Then follow with silence. Rule Keep the conversation light. There is no benefit to getting emotionally naked on the date. Many women over-share on the first date in an attempt to draw men closer, when instead it telegraphs that you have weak boundaries and are desperate for connection. You will end up driving away normal, healthy guys, and attracting men who are opportunistic or exploitative. Neither do you need to research conversational topics or memorize cute jokes.

Relax, trust that simply being with you is enough, and let him lead the conversation.

Rule He has to pay for the date. If you start splitting the check now, you will set up a dynamic in which you will always have to help him date you. Besides, when a man likes you, it is his pleasure to be generous and provide you with things. If it makes you feel better, consider that he will select a date venue that is within his budget; meeting at a coffee or juice bar is perfectly acceptable and inexpensive. Besides, do you know how much he spends on golf with his bros or his vintage comic book collection?

Rule Pay attention to s of disinterest and be quick to hit the eject button. How can you tell? You are not his unpaid escort. Also, if he expects you to do all the planning or has no suggestions or is otherwise lukewarm prior to the date, that can be a red flag. If he drags his feet, you should immediately become less interested in meeting him.

Even if he was to be your only date in months, you are better off staying home or going to the gym than subjecting yourself to the glazed look and tepid conversation of man who would rather be elsewhere. Rule You can say yes to long-distance suitors. Nonetheless, you are still going to have to follow these rules if you want to meet a quality man. And you cannot travel to his town for the date—he must come to you.

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And, yes, the first date should only last an hour, even if he has to drive 3 hours each way to see you. One of my recently married clients can tell you that men really are willing to drive hours for the right girl.

Her now-husband drove 2 hours each way to meet her for a 1-hour date zero in a little town in Western Kansas.