Tinder, online dating, friendly set-ups – thanks to the fast-paced, I-don’t-have-time-for-that nature of today’s world, blind dates are becoming more and more common. But as popular as they might be, that doesn’t make them any less nerve-wracking or intimidating. How do you overcome your natural anxiety when meeting a complete stranger for the first time and ensuring that your date isn’t, well, blind? Let’s take a look.
Get there first
Even if you’re famously unpunctual, make an effort to arrive at the venue five to 10 minutes early so you’re seated first. That way, you won’t have to do the I-don’t-know-where-my-table-is-but-I’m-trying-to-look-cool-anyway scan around the room, and you can, instead, give a helpful, unflustered wave when your date arrives.
Don’t drink too much
While the temptation to mainline tequila shots might be strong, try to keep it together. Drinking too much out of nervousness will only send the evening downhill fast, and potentially lead you to say or do things you otherwise wouldn’t. Stick to one or two glasses, rather than bottles, and keep it classy.
Set a time limit
Rescue calls are so retro (and rude, too). If you’re worried about how to exit gracefully from a less-than-perfect meetup, set a time limit before you get together. Telling him you’ve got drinks with the girls later at 9pm will allow you to beat a hasty retreat with no harm done.
Try something different
Alcohol doesn’t always have to be part of your date. If you’re concerned you might not have much to talk about, try an activity instead, like mini golf, hiking, a visit to an amusement park or even karaoke. You’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, with no breaks in conversation to worry about.
Feel good about yourself
If you feel good about the way you look, you’ll be more comfortable, self-assured and positive, too. So whatever you can do to look and feel your best self, go ahead and pull out all the stops. That way even if the date ends up being a complete bust, you’ll know you did everything from your side to make it work. Now go forth and conquer!
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