Blind dates offer all the excitement of a juicy mystery along with the possibility of fun and meaningful romance. If you’re single and looking for someone special, it can be a great way to open yourself to new possibilities. Most of the time blind dates are set up for you by a friend or family member—someone who knows your personality and has your best interest at heart. At the very least, you may make a good friend. At best—a partner for life!
A good blind date has some important elements. First, safety. Never meet a blind date in a secluded place or at either of your homes even if you’ve been set up by a close friend. You should always carry your cell phone and let someone know where you’re going on your date. If your date suggests something that makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t be shy about voicing your opinion or calling it quits early.
Be sure to arrange your date for a place where you can spend time really getting to know the other person. Don’t go to a movie or the theater where you’re stuck in an audience without being able to talk. Similarly, a rock concert or crowded clubs don’t let you really gauge the personality of your date. There’s plenty of time for that stuff down the road. Initially, plan to meet for a nice lunch or dinner, maybe a stroll through a museum or a festival where you can observe how they act and react to things.
When you’re on your blind date, try to look your best but don’t go over the top and make yourself appear to be someone you’re not. For example, if you’re the kind of girl who rarely wears makeup, it would be pointless to show up to meet a blind date decked out like a Mary Kay consultant. Be yourself at your very best—nothing more and nothing less.
Finally, ask lots of questions and pay attention to the answers. No, you don’t want to make it seem like an interview, but asking questions is a great way to find out about a person. You don’t want to spend the whole time just talking about yourself. It makes you look self-absorbed, and it also defeats the purpose of getting to know the other person. Keep the conversation an easy give-and-take where you both have a chance to share things.