Be A Great Date
by Dr. Gayla DeHart
The single life can be fun. But whether you are looking for
a partner, or just enjoying meeting new people, dating is
part of what being single is all about. The problem is that
dating can be tough. It is sometimes scary, usually exciting,
often disappointing. Some of this you have no control over,
but here are some tips for being the best date that you can
Follow through on commitments: show up or call when you say
you are going to. This shows respect for the other persons
time and feelings.
Take responsibility for your feelings and actions: that means
that if something pushes your button, it is up to you to handle
it maturely. Do not expect someone that you barely know to
be able to know the complicated roadmap of you.
Know your strengths and weaknesses: be realistic and be able
to laugh at yourself and embrace your quirks.
Be able to take the other persons perspective: if you
dont do anything else on the list, learn how to do this!
Show empathy and put yourself in his/her shoes. This helps
you to connect with each other and get to know each other
on a deeper level, and it makes your more likeable.
Respect peoples differences in taste, style, opinions,
Be a good listener and ask good questions: this shows interest
in getting to know the other person.
Disclose appropriately: it is important to let the other person
see more than just a superficial side of you, so it is important
to let your guard down somewhat. Value openness and build
trust. Note: this is not the time to discuss your deepest
Know how to handle your feelings of anxiety, anger, stress,
arousal. Your date shouldnt have to be responsible for
managing your behaviour or emotions. Control impulses but
Be assertive rather than angry and controlling or passive.
State your concerns and preferences clearly, and do not expect
your date to be a mind-reader or to be able to decipher what-you-say
vs. what-you-mean. Just say what you mean.
Learn to negotiate and compromise. Things dont always
have to go your way and you dont always have to be in
your comfort zone. Who knows? You might be pleasantly surprised.
Handle conflict maturely and respectfully.
Learn to distinguish between your dates words/actions and
your reactions/judgements. These two things may not be related
at all. You are bringing your lifetime of experiences to this
date and an innocent remark or behaviour may mean something
completely different to you than it does to your date, so
dont react before thinking about whether this might
be the case.
Be authentic. That means Be Yourself. Otherwise you are wasting
everyones time. Also, most people have a sensitive radar
for phonies and it isnt attractive.
Learn these skills and use these tips, and dont be discouraged
if some of these are difficult for you- it is possible to
learn how to be a great date- ask for help if you need it!
And then clearly imagine your future with the partner of your
About the Author
Dr. Gayla DeHart, from Vancouver, Canada, is a Professional
Coach with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She provides coaching services
to single professionals who want to hone their dating skills,
and offers a special package that includes an emotional intelligence
(people skills) assessment, review, and post-date debriefing.
Click here to contact Dr. DeHart ww.achieveexcellence.ca/contact.