16 Must-Follow Dating Tips For Guys

Whether you’re brand-new to the dating game or returning after a long absence, it’s important to stay on top of the latest do’s and don’ts of dating. There’s a lot of bad advice out there, much of it way out of line with what actually impresses women on a date. Times have changed, and woman don’t respond to those outdated, condescending “seduction” techniques that are still so popular among men.

So, what do women look for on the first date? What do they expect out of a potential partner? What are some ways you can improve your dating prowess? These sixteen tips will cover those questions and more, so you can dive right into the dating game and feel comfortable, confident, and ready to get out yourself there.

Don’t Show Up Late

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many guys stroll into a restaurant or bar ten minutes after they were supposed to be there.

It’s important to remember the difference between being fashionably late (a minute or two) and being just plain rude (three or more minutes). Don’t make a potentially hungry date wait.

Be Confident

Some guys are naturally shy—and there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, some women find it utterly charming. But if your shyness is crippling, it’s nearly impossible to make a personal connection and is a big turnoff for many women. So, what can you do about it?

Try disclosing your shyness to her upfront. She’ll probably understand, so just own up to it. It’s part of who you are, and you can’t just force yourself to be outgoing. Take her some place you know you’ll feel comfortable, and most importantly—ask questions, make conversation, and find commonality. You will feel totally at ease in no time.

Do Something Casual

In most cases, you no longer need to impress a date with a formal night out on the town. For acquaintances just getting to know each other, a casual setting like a coffee shop, bowling alley, mini-golf course or pub is a perfect venue to facilitate conversation and fun. Sometimes dressing up for a fancy dinner just seems like too much work, and not enough fun.

Don’t Talk About Your Ex

This one just doesn’t seem to click with some people: nobody likes hearing about your previous relationships on the first date. In fact, it isn’t really a subject you should address at all until you’re getting closer to relationship territory.