First dates are a lot like job interviews. You can't score the soul mate or the paycheck without that first meet-and-greet. While some glide through this necessary evil with straight-A finesse, others bumble along a path of C-worthy mediocrity producing mixed results. Enter our first-date study guide for men. Whether or not you and that hot thing across from you will one day get married and pop out children, we can't say, but you can't go wrong following the four tactics below. 10 Simple Things Women Want
1. "I love that (insert clothing piece, hair style, tattoo, eye makeup)." When you first see us, compliment us. I know, I know—are we really that insecure? Are we really that vain? The answer is yes. But don't paw and drool like imprisoned frat boys. We wouldn't be on a date if we wanted someone grabbing our butt, surely there's a dive bar down the street to provide that service if so desired. Instead, appreciate the beading on our turquoise bracelet, compliment our navy blue eyeliner or trench coat. No, you won't sound gay. Trust us. In fact, you'll earn a few bonus points on the final exam if you appreciate our limited-edition Puma sneakers. Of course, don't go overboard (no need to sound like Michael Kors) and don't force it. Rather, just verbalize what you're thinking. 101 Ways To Improve Your Relationship Right Now
2. "And why do you say that?" This may come as a shock, but we're as smart, funny and quirky as we are beautiful. Find out for yourself by asking questions and genuinely listening to the answers. You may begin to feel a bit like a therapist—which means you're on the right path—and when you start to feel like the interviewer on a 60 Minutes reel, then you know you're golden, baby. While it may feel lopsided or a bit too Barbara Walters at first, if you're more ears then mouth on the first date, already you've distinguished yourself. You'd be horrified by the men who feel they need to yap, boast and brag their way through dinner. Dating and Marriage?
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