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Conversations For A Clever First Date

Jan 26, 2008
First date conversation can be painful, awkward, and superficial. Not everyone is a born conversationalist so a little bit of practice and research can go a long way. Think the Bridget Jones' Diary scene where she practices pronouncing Chechnya.

Don't forget the basics, of course, like schooling, hobbies, family composition, books, movies, etc., but to make that first date conversation flow here are a few other tips.

Listen to what your date is saying

The greatest conversation sources are waiting for you to jump on them. Just listen for follow up question openings and thenfollow up! For instance, your date tells you about his childhood in Albany and since you've never been there you ask more about the city, state, region. If you have been there, ask for more information on what you didn't or did see.

Finding offbeat news

Great sources of interesting conversation topics surely to entertain most of us can be found on Best-of-Craigslist, popular picks on Digg.com, and CNN's Funny News. To fill up those lulls in the conversation, get a quick read on the internet that day so you're prepared with a few stories.

Your date's interests: research

Find out on the phone before you meet, from the friend that set you up, or from his online profile what his interests are. He'll be impressed that you can ask intelligent questions and that you researched beforehand.

Looking at your nightstand

Think about the book that's currently on your night stand, the CD that's playing in your car, the last vacation you took and be prepared for the questions you'll be asked. Just like you, your date is preparing. In other words, you should be able to answer every question you ask your date.

Telling a few jokes

Only if you know you're funny! If your friends laugh at your jokes you are probably safe, but if you rarely tell a joke. Don't start now.

Avoid these things

Although politics and religion are important topics to discuss when deciding on your mate, the ol' saying that they shouldn't be talked about in mixed company stands true for first dates too. It's a great way to scare someone off before they get to know you well.
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About the Author: Sara Musfeldt has a blog filled with dating stories and dating profile tips for everyone. She has also produced an online dating advice to help single people everywhere find a date.
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