1. Calorie counting: when a guy asks you out on a date, he’s going to want to take you somewhere nice. If you order the Caesar salad without bacon bits or croutons with the dressing on the side, he’s not going to be overly impressed. So leave your weight watchers mentality at home for the night and indulge. You can always have a light lunch before or work it all off at the gym the day after.
2. Being rude to the waiter: although you don’t have to charm the pants off your server, if you don’t say your pleases and thank-yous, your date will be sure to notice. It will make him consider how you treat other people on a regular basis. You may be totally engrossed with your date, but that’s not reason enough to forget your manners.
3. Venting: everyone has problems. There’s no need to bring it up on a first date. Try and keep the conversation light. There’s no need to talk about the fight you had with your boss or problems you’re having with you’re cat. Assume he’s having a worse day that you really don’t want to hear about and spare him the rant. Save it for your blog or the next time you have drinks with a girlfriend.
4. Trying too hard: it’s always better to be over dressed than underdressed, but it’s a first date, not the red carpet at the Oscars. If you’re unsure about what to wear, ask him where he’s planning on taking you so you can dress accordingly. If he says it’s going to be a surprise, then ask him what he’s wearing so you at least have some idea of what the dress code will be.
5. Texting: we all do it. We keep our phones on us like a safety blanket. Without them we feel lost and out of reach. But when you’re on a first date and there’s a real live human being sitting in front of you who’s got your undivided attention, show some respect. Either put your phone on silent or turn it off completely. If you really must check it, then at least wait until he goes to the little boy’s room.