Social Etiquette on a First Date

In the video below, Sharlene Santana (known as the SOCIALbee Junkie) shares some tips on how to act and behave on a first date or when meeting someone new in a social setting. Some of the tips include:

> No texting or talking on your phone at anytime during the date.

> Keep breaks (i.e. bathroom breaks) to an absolute minimum.

> Don’t complain about anything on your date. Keep it light and pleasant.

> Don’t talk with your mouth full as it is very unattractive.

> Beware of the foods you order (avoid garlic-type foods)

Social Etiquette on a First Date
(8/24/12 Update) 
Unfortunately, it appears that Sharlene Santana has removed this video from YouTube, a social etiquette no-no for video producers.

What tips do you have? Use the comments section below to share your opinion.

Getting Over the First Date Jitters

(OnDating) In this episode of OnDating, Andrea Syrtash talks about several ways to get over the first date jitters.

You’ve met someone online and the two of you have agreed to go out on a first date. However, your nerves kick in and you start to have the jitters – you’re sweating, you have a dry mouth, and you’re overall nervous. Syrtash reminds you that dating is fun and provides five tips (we’ve listed them after the video).

Here is Andrea Syrtash on First Date Jitters…

Here’s a recap of Andrea’s five tips for getting over First Date Jitters:

1) Be curious – ask questions to get your date talking.

2) Do an activity instead of dinner.

3) Find common ground. Talk about what things you have in common.

4) Bring out your passion.

5) Remember that it’s just a date.

Dating Advice – Kissing on First Date

(OnDating) In this episode of OnDating, Andrea Syrtash answers several dating questions providing dating advice to the average dater. Here are the questions that she answers in this episode:

“How can I get more dates?”

“Is it OK to kiss on the first date?”

“How do you legalize polygamy?”

Below the video, I provide the answers I would have given to those questions.

How Can I Get More Dates?
Research shows that the emergence of online dating has resulted in singles dating more than ever. Online dating and social networking are great ways to meet new people. If you are more of the “in-person” type, you should look to volunteeering to meet new people. You also get the additional benefit of helping out an organization or people in need.

Is it OK to Kiss on the First Date?
Kissing on the first date is a hot topic because a lot of people have internal debates as to whether or not it is appropriate. In reality it comes down to how comfortable you are with someone and how well you know them. For example, some people communicate for weeks online and on the phone before meeting for the first time. By the time a first date arrives they feel they already know each other. What’s amazing is the varying degree of opinions on the subject of kissing on the first date. I’d love to hear what you think – please use the Comments section below to tell us why you think it is right or wrong to kiss on the first date.

How Do You Legalize Polygamy?
There’s no way I’m answering this one because, unlike Andrea, I didn’t think the guy was being serious when he asked that question. For information on polygamy, including practices worldwide, definitions, etc., visit Wikipedia.

Sheila Dolan’s Summer of Love – Warming Up

(Online Dating News Blog) In this espisode, Sheila Dolan prepares for her second date. This is a date with John and she invited him over to her house to bake bread.¬† IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVICE – Never invite someone you’ve never met to your house for a first date. It’s a very bad idea…

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What to Wear (Satellite Sister Sheila Dolan’s Summer of Love)

(Online Dating News Blog) In episode 6 of Sheila Dolan’s Summer of Love series, the middle of the five Satellite Sisters discusses what to wear on a first date.

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What are Good Manners for a First Date?

(Online Dating News Blog – The Answer Box)

Question: What are good manners for a first date?

1. Shower, brush your teeth, and look/smell good.

2. Arrive early to your destination so that you are not late.

3. If you’re a man, open the door for the lady when the opportunity arises.

4. If you’re a man, offer to pay for the date. If the lady prefers to go dutch, don’t argue.

5. Don’t cross your arms – it signals boredom.

6. Look your date in the eyes when talking and listening.

7. Study your date’s profile and emails (if you met online) in advance so that you can cover topics of interest to him/her during your conversation.

8. Don’t drink alcohol on the first date.

9. Compliment your date, but no more than 2-3 times the entire date.

10. Turn off your cell phone for the duration of the date.

11. Ladies – if you enjoyed the date, let the man know it before you part ways.

12. Men – if you enjoyed the date, ask the lady on a second date. Don’t play the game of “waiting 2-3 days” before calling).

The Answer Box
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