When you think about the singles dating scene, how do you feel? Excited? Intimidated? Worried whether you can trust someone? And, is it worth the effort if you do? Believe me, I understand. You’re not alone. I’ve heard the same concerns and fears from literally hundreds and thousands of people. But I can assure you that dating and finding that someone special, as daunting as it may seem, is absolutely worth the effort!
I am a professor, therapist, researcher, and author—who for almost three decades has directed a landmark study on love, dating, marriage and relationships, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Every day, I answer questions about love, dating, and relationships. And, one thing I have discovered is that when you’re dating, first impressions are what set relationships into motion. People start judging you from the moment they meet you. When you make a really good first impression, you increase your odds of a second date and a potential long-term relationship. So what can you do to make the very best impression out of the gate?
Below are several of my helpful tips to make the best impression on a first date. All of the strategies are important to consider, regardless of your archetype. However, depending on your archetype, I have pinpointed one key strategy that focuses on your strengths, which will allow you to shine on first dates. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good lasting impression, so make it a good one!