How to make a good impression on a first date

Worried about making a good impression on a first date? Don't be nervous: Have fun and make a lasting connection with our expert-approved strategies for first date success.

By Christa Connell

How to make a good impression on a first date
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Sitting down with someone new on a first date, hoping you come across in a positive manner, can often be nerve-wracking. While it may be easy for some people, others may find their nerves get the best of them. In order to increase your chances of a second date, it's important to leave a suitor with a good first impression – and we have some simple tips on how to do just that.

For some expert first-date advice we spoke with Kateryna Spiwak, a Toronto-based dating and relationship coach. She shares five strategies for making a positive first impression.

1. Don't forget what the goal of a first date is
It's important to remember that the purpose of a first date is to see if you want to go on a second one. Don't bring too many other expectations with you.

"Remember you're just meeting someone to see if you connect and whether there's potential for a second date. You're not going to be evaluated as a future bride that day," says Spiwak. "Stay in the present, focus on the present and don't think too far ahead."

Spiwak also recommends hitting the gym a few hours before the date to release some of your nervous energy or simply thinking back to great dates you've had in the past for a little confidence boost. It's important to keep all of your good traits in mind.

2. Keep the conversation upbeat on your first date
On a first date, aim to keep the conversation pleasant, as revealing too many personal issues may make you come across as someone who could bring unwanted troubles into a relationship. A date is meant to be fun, not a place to share drama, advises Spiwak.

"You can reveal some information about personal challenges and how you've overcome them, but try to keep it light and not too personal," she says. "Don't talk about major issues and problems, and certainly don't turn to him for a shoulder to cry on."

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