Whether it's someone you're meeting online or it's someone your friends know, aim to drop the things you know about them and start fresh.
First few dates, make the food good, simple and completely forgettable so you can focus on each other." —Max S.
really awkward (which is understandable, especially if it's a blind date), so having a girl go the opposite route not only makes her more intriguing—it’s also a total turn-on." —Alex S." title="" src="data:image/gif;base64, R0l GODlh AQABAIAAAAAAAP///y H5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/cos.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/14/25/539fc091c55c1_-_cos-07-couple-staring-at-each-other-de-mscn.jpg? Girls have this tendency of expecting guys to read between the lines, then ending up disappointed.
I like it best when someone can counter me with questions of their own." —Noah A."Don't hate on other girls.
I actually had one girl, while we were in the middle of a conversation, look over at another girl and say, 'Eww, look at that girl's dress.' The way she said it sounded so bitchy and I wasn't into it at all. The guy will almost always hold the door open, pay for dinner, etc., but it's still nice to hear a thank you and know that it's all appreciated. I've almost come to stop expecting them so it's especially nice when I hear them.
All she needs to do to maintain my interest is…be awesome. It's hard to get the sense that I'm getting to know someone when I'm tasked with doing all the talking.
On the flip side though, it's a rough night when a girl goes on about herself at length without asking me anything about myself.
Half the fun of going out is getting to know someone new, so allow yourself to let that happen organically." —Oliver B."Please don't compare us to your exes—out loud or even in your head.
Sometimes horror stories about them can make for fun discussion, but don't ever bring your ex into the conversation if it's not called for.
It lets me know she's interested without being over the top and shows me we're both there for the same reason.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been asking my friends (both men and women) who paid and who should pay for first dates.
If you're flowing with it and cool, we've got a winner.