Fun Ways to Prevent Awkward Silence During a First Date

First dates can be stressful and uncomfortable, given all the excitement and expectations that follow them. Keeping the conversation flowing isn’t always an easy task, especially for those who aren’t chatty types. For all those of you who are struggling with awkward silence on a first date, here are some interesting ideas to give you something to talk about.

Get to know each other better

Asking questions can facilitate further dialogue. Try asking open-ended questions, which require more than a yes or no answer. Ask him something he genuinely cares about. You may not know his preferences yet, but most people like to talk about themselves, so put him in focus. Even if you already know much about each other, there are still plenty of things to find out. Ask him about a favorite childhood memory or about a current interest he hasn’t shared yet.

Choose an activity you can enjoy together

Stick to what you know and choose something you can both enjoy in. If both of you like animals, you might consider a trip to the zoo. If both of you enjoy outdoor activities, biking or walking in the park might be a good idea. If you like to dine, you may choose a good restaurant, but not too expensive. A movie theater is a popular but not always the right option. Going for a movie that you both want to see is always a good choice, but unless you’re doing something before or after, movie theaters are not the best places to have a conversation. You might chose to go for a dessert after the movie.

Wear something you’re comfortable in

First date is not the time to try out new trends. If you choose to wear something you don’t feel confident in, it might make you feel more nervous. When it comes to dates, casual look is always better than being over-dressed. A nice shirt and jeans are always the right way to go.

Stay relaxed

Sometimes it is hard to avoid being nervous, but try to remain calm. Keep in mind that you are talking to just another human, and that he might be experiencing similar difficulties. Also, staying relaxed keeps the conversation flowing. Even if your conversation hits the wall, don’t panic and stare at him. If nothing comes to your mind, you can always share some comments about the place you’re at, if it’s a bar or a restaurant. Finally, you can use the break from talking to give him a genuine smile and show him that you’re having fun.

Listen

When someone is talking to you, it’s important to allow them to feel heard. If you’re looking around the room or at your phone, he might get the impression that you are not interested in what he has to say. Another important point is to actually listen and not pretend to do so while trying to come up with something to say. First dates can be challenging, but fortunately, there are plenty of fun yet useful first date tips that can help you win this battle.

Show that you can hang with the boys

Men want to date women who can hang around with their friends. Avoid too much negative comments, being too critical of the food, for example, or being uptight in any way. Show him your open and easy going personality which will make him sure that his friends will enjoy your presence.

Just remember to stay relaxed, be attentive, and most importantly, be yourself. That will be enough to sweep anyone off their feet.

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Comment by Leigh Burton on July 12, 2018 at 7:22am

Great advice.  I would like to send to publishing.  Can you first add your bio with a link to your social media or website please?  As well, moving forward it would be helpful to see an abstract at the beginning with a word count.  Kudos, great work.

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