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Common Dating Mistakes to Avoid

Aug 18, 2007
When it comes to dating mistakes we all have made them at one time or another. There are even times when we are in the middle of a date and we think to ourselves "I can't believe I just did that", or "why did I say that?" Many people make the same mistakes they tell their friends and family not to make when going on a date. We get caught up in the moment and it just kind of "happens".

Avoiding these types of mistakes can go a long ways towards a successful dating experience, for both you and your date. Here are some easy rules to follow to help you avoid making mistakes with your date.

Eye contact is one of the most important things you can do on a date. Looking away constantly or watching other people show a lack of interest in your date and what they have to say. By paying attention to your date and maintaining eye contact they will feel like they are the center of attention.

Another mistake many people make is talking too much. If you don't let your date talk and respond to what you are saying then sooner or later they will either get bored or think you are a self centered ego-maniac. This is especially important for men to understand. Being a good listener is a key ingredient when it comes to being a man on a date.

Remember your manners and be sure to compliment your date. But do so with discretion. A few good compliments will go a long ways. If you throw around compliments through out the date, you will start to sound insincere. If you do have to cancel be sure to give enough advanced notice, don't call half an hour before to cancel unless it is a true emergency. And don't stand your date up. Not showing up is extremely rude and is not appropriate adult behavior.

Talking politics or religion is also another mistake that you don't want to make, particularly if it's a first date. Until you get to know someone voicing your opinion on such matter is not a good idea. Keep the conversation light and fun. A date, after all is supposed to be a fun occasion.

It is also a good idea to make an effort to look your best. Don't show up looking like you've been out all day working. Be sure to dress to whatever your date plans encompass. Dress up or down to match the activity you will be sharing with your date. Your personal grooming and how you dress will make a lasting first impression before you even start talking to your date.

So there you have it. Just use a little common sense and your date will go well for all involved.
About the Author
Andrew Bicknell is a writer and owner of Romancing Hearts.com. Visit his website for more advice about Online Dating, Romance, and matchmaking.
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