Dating tips from the professionals

Our matchmakers give you the latest in dating tips, trends, and the singles scene to help you get the most out of your dates.

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How to make a great first impression

Dress to impress

We’re more attractive to others when we take good care of ourselves! Our survey showed there’s no need to stress out about your first date outfit — a warm smile trumps designer threads every time.

Share what interests you

Our clients picked hobbies/interests as the optimal topic of conversation on a first date. Get a hobby and get into it! That way, you’ll show up well equipped with “Best First Date Topic Material!”

Don’t just listen—engage!

Ask questions about them, share tidbits about yourself. And put away the phone! First dates should be considered “no phone zones.”

Your body language speaks volumes

How you present yourself mixes into your date in the way you communicate both verbally and nonverbally. Your nonverbals are perhaps the loudest thing you communicate.

Dating safety tips

Date safe! Tell a family member or friend when and where you are going to on your date.

Have fun on the date; however, watch the amount of alcohol you and your date consume.

Meet a date at a location you are comfortable going to and where there will be people around.

Always provide your own transportation to and from your date.

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