How to Make a Great Dating First Impression

OWN IT.

Wherever you are, act like you belong there. If you feel insecure or nervous, silently repeat to yourself, ‘I’m glad to be here. People want me here. They want to hear what I have to say.’

SMILE.

A friendly smile puts others at ease and makes you look comfortable, confident and relaxed.

MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT.

When you look someone in the eye, you come across as self-confident, trustworthy and interested in what the other person is saying. Avoid staring. It can make you look intimidating.

SPEAK WITH STRENGTH.

Your voice conveys an impression of who you are. If you can’t be heard, you will come across as uncertain. A monotone voice puts people to sleep. Make sure you speak with enthusiasm and just loud enough to maintain people’s attention.

FOCUS ON THE OTHER PERSON.

Engage in a bit of small talk where you can both contribute. Avoid monopolising the conversation. You will come across as self-involved and uninterested in the other person.