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Men’s Guide to Preparing for a First Date

You finally did it. You called the Greater Boston area’s premier matchmaking service LunchDates. Their professional matchmakers took the time to get to know you and they helped to introduce you to your perfect match. Now the time has come and you’re getting ready for your first date.

In your professional life, you don’t leave anything to chance and neither does your date. First impressions are everything. You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. Preparation is the name of the game when it comes to first dates, so here are five key steps for getting ready:

1) Leave your baggage at the door

You’ve got a great date lined up, so relax and have a good time. Whether it’s issues at work or on the home front, you must leave it all behind. Venting about your demanding boss or an ex is a sure fire way to turn people off. Focus on positive things and let the conversation flow.

2) Grooming

Some men just don’t understand that it takes time to look good. Grooming is important. Take the time to get a haircut. If you have a beard, don’t go all Zach Galifianakis and let it grow in a thousand directions. Your date should be impressed by how the beard accents your facial features and not that it hides small animals.

Good grooming also requires that you spend some time on your nails. It should go without saying, but make sure your fingernails are clean and well trimmed. The same holds true for your toenails. Your date may not see them, but you should always be prepared.

3) The Right Clothes Make All the Difference

Dress for the date you want; not the one who’ll settle for you. Like Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man.” The right clothes can definitely make you more desirable. Dress properly for the occasion. Keep in mind that LunchDates is a premier service and the professional matchmakers will place you with other single like-minded professionals. They use professional and proven matchmaking techniques to pair professionals for dates. That means you can expect your date to be well-dressed and professional. You need to be the same.

The key here is to dress nice without going overboard. You don’t have to wear a tuxedo, but you also don’t want to wear something just because it’s comfortable. And yes, that means your favorite Red Sox T-shirt is out of the question – unless you happen to be going to Fenway. As a general rule, dress slightly better than you think you need to and you’ll be in the right zone of casual vs. dressy.

4) Rules of Engagement

One of the biggest mistakes men make is talking about themselves and not be inquisitive about the person they are with. Of course, the person you’re out with wants to know about you, but it works both ways. Ask questions. Be engaged. This is a date and not an interview, so ask questions to better get to know them. Remember there is no reason to talk about past relationship or previous dating exploits.

5) Smile

It’s been said that the world always looks brighter from behind a smile, so what are you waiting for? Smiling is infectious and can change the whole mood of your date. Remember you want to put your best foot forward so don’t be too guarded or standoffish. Relax, smile and enjoy yourself!


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