you’re stuck on a bad date, full of long, awkward silences, with no escape route in site. In fact it’s incredibly easy to have an amazing first date – you just need to know the right things to do. So let’s get right into it, here’s what you need to know: Go to a bar or restaurant after work, for drinks and a small meal. This option allows you to chat easily with each other and together with a few drinks, gentle background music and dim light, it provides an incredibly seductive environment.

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People often look much different in-person than they do in their profile pics and you’re both generally a little nervous so even finding each other in a busy bar or restaurant can be difficult.

However, it is possible to avoid first-date awkwardness…

It also gives your date something to look forward to which builds anticipation at the start of the week.

Then, if the date goes really well you have an opportunity to hang out again a few days later on the weekend for your second date.*Always make sure that you book a table a few days ahead of time!

instead of ordering two separate meals I’ve found it best to share three or so appetizer/tapas items off the menu.

Sharing food off the same plate increases the intimacy of the date and connects the two of you – just make sure to use your manners!

you’re sitting there face to face with a stranger that you’ve been texting non-stop for the past week, but it’s not long before you realize that all that late night text-chemistry you had counts for nothing in person.

And by the time that realization hits, it’s too late to fix…

Here are some questions and discussion topics that will really stimulate conversation.

They are unique and will be quite challenging, but definitely not boring.

Then when you both start to feel more comfortable, take things up a notch and ask more revealing questions.