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I found that people will not be offended if you suggest a first date before they are ready. In my experience, the other person would offer an excuse but continue communicating. If this happens to you, wait a few days continuing the email conversations and then ask again. Unless a good reason is give for not meeting, I would not ask more than three times — there are some people out there who are looking to make online friends or live fantasies out in their head without any intention of actually meeting.

Other times, people are just reluctant to meet you because they are still trying to decide if they like you. After a while, any of these cases is a waste of your time. A grown woman or man if the lady is asking can decide in a few weeks if she would like to meet you — someone looking for a pen pal should do so somewhere else. Your time is valuable and should be used to communicate with people truly interested in meeting you. I never went for phone conversations as a stepping stone from internet communication to meeting. Photo by e Honestly, I have never felt comfortable talking on the phone for long periods of time even to close friends so I prefer to jump straight from the internet communication to meeting.

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If you enjoy talking on the phone or prefer to do so before meeting someone, treat this step like you would the first date by asking for the phone number by the third email. If you really hit it off on the phone for example, did you talk for two hours without even realizing it? Plan to keep the first date short. Hint or specifically state that you can only be out until a certain time. You can come up with a reason you can only be out for a set amount of time but most people will not press very hard to find out why.

Limiting the time of the first date is a safety precaution: If on the other hand the date is going excellent, suggest to your date that you extend it. If so, tell the truth.

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While it is important to establish a mental connection with your date through the art of conversation, body language is also a huge part of attraction. Studies consistently show that a degree of self-confidence correlates strongly with being perceived as attractive and having success on your first date. We all carry assumptions surrounding first date etiquette - especially when it comes to the bill and how it ought to be settled.

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In this situation, you should both offer to pay at least your share and if the man is adamant about paying for all of it, then ladies just let him do it! Squabbles over who will pay are best to be avoided! If on your first date you get the impression that you both like each other, bite the bullet and arrange a second date then and there. For example, if your date mentions an activity they enjoy, ask them to join you in a few days time to do that activity. If your first date has gone well, make the effort to send a quick text or phonecall afterwards to say how much you enjoyed spending time together.

Ultimately, a successful first date is one where you feel comfortable and confident. First dates should not be a big deal.

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We have recommended these first date tips to help you create this environment, but try not to over think it. Stay calm, be yourself and enjoy the date! Esther Moriarty is an editor for EliteSingles. Follow her on Google Plus. If you want to get rid of that stress and make it easier to relax and have a great time then stop worrying about getting a particular outcome from this first online date.

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Instead just go out with the purpose of having fun. Look to enjoy yourself first and foremost. She wants this date to go well. And nothing kills that interest and attraction like a guy who is trying to get a girl to like him. So instead of worrying about that, focus instead on seeing if this is the right girl for you. Give her a chance to win you over. More dating tips For more dating tips that will help with your first online date and beyond, click here.

Brian M - author of posts on The Art of Charm. Once he realized attraction was something he could learn, Brian spent way too much of his free time studying and practicing everything he could find on the subject. Excited by the progress he's made in his own life since the program, he decided to start writing for AoC to help other guys do the same.

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