There is nothing more fear inspiring than agreeing to a blind date. Whether the set up occurred through a mutual friend, an online dating service, or any other means, a few basic tenants will hold true so that you can protect yourself and have a great time.
The first thing you should do to prepare for your blind date is to find out as much information as you can about the person. If you are being introduced through a mutual friend, find out what you need to know such as a likes, dislikes, common interests, etc. This type of information will guide you in your choice of conversation topics, restaurant choices, and movie choices. Not to mention, you might also get a hint as to whether or not the date will be more formal or more casual, so dressing won’t be an issue.
If you aren’t privy the more personal information, at least try to find out the destination beforehand. This will give you some insight in how to dress. For example, if you learn that you are expected to have dinner at a formal restaurant, it would be wise to leave the capris in the closet. On the other hand, if you are going out for a night of miniature golf, skip the heels and slip on your comfy sneakers. If you aren’t sure about the destination, dress somewhere in the middle, such as a nice pair of slacks, loafers or flats, and a button down shirt or blouse.
Before leaving with your date, make sure that someone knows where you are going, who you will be with and when you should be expected home. Carry your cell phone with you and leave it on at all times. It is best to leave your phone on silent in a movie theater, but the phone should remain on. This is essential to your safety and can provide you with an escape route if things start to go south.
Be open minded. You should not prejudge your date based on your own nervousness or biases. The entire reason you are out on a date is to meet someone new, with fresh ideas and perspectives on things. Understand that the way your date is acting is probably not the way that person is normally. Also realize that you are probably not acting like yourself much either. It will take some time to get to know each other and begin to develop a level of comfort with that person before their true nature begins to shine through.
Lastly, stay positive and have a good time. Odds are, if you relax your date will relax and having fun is contagious. If you are not having a good time and it is obvious that you and your date are not a good match, then call it quits and be clear that you do not think that you would be interested in trying again. Clear communication is the key to relationship success.