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How To Go On A First Date

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Whatever your age, there are a few ‘rules’ you should observe when making or accepting a date, especially if the person is a stranger or casual acquaintance – and this applies to both men and women.
1: 
Arrange to meet your date in a public place, e.g. restaurant, pub, café, etc., not at your own home.
2: 
Don’t accept an offer of a lift. On a first date it is best to make your own way to and from the venue.
3: 
Ensure that you have enough cash on you to cover taxi fares and a half-share of the bill. Don’t rely on there being easy access to a cash machine.
4: 
Leave details of your meeting with family or friends when seeing someone for the first time.
5: 
Take your mobile but keep it switched off. If you need to make a call during your date, excuse yourself and go to the cloakroom.
6: 
Out of consideration for the other person’s pocket, suggest the date takes place in an informal setting rather than an expensive restaurant.
7: 
A lunchtime meeting offers the opportunity for escape if one of you has the need to beat a hasty retreat without giving or taking offence.
8: 
Do make an effort to look clean and tidy, otherwise you’ll give the impression that you couldn’t be bothered to make an effort.
9: 
Regardless of how the meeting went, do thank your date for a nice time. Even if you don’t want to see them again (for whatever reason) try to be as tactful as possible.
Conclusion: 
These points may seem over cautious, but if the person you’re dating for the first time is genuine, they will understand.
Tips: 
Trust your instincts and don’t meet again if you have any doubts.
Don’t over-dress for a casual date
Warnings: 
Never put yourself in a position that could endanger your personal safety.

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