If you have a dating event coming up soon, you’re in luck! Today we’re going to share five valuable secrets with you so that you can be the ultimate dating event companion.
1. Don’t be late
Whatever you do, don’t be that person who turns up half an hour (or worse) late into an event. Chances are there’s someone without a companion at the event because of your empty seat. Remember, do unto others what you want others to do unto you! Timeliness is attractive – it shows that you’re in charge, prepared, and most importantly, interested. Google Maps may well be your best friend now.
2. All about that body talk
Body language is just as important as your speech. Even if you’re nervous, remember to smile and flash those pearly whites of yours. For all you know, your companion is just as nervous about the event and a little friendliness goes a long way! Plus, everyone likes the cheery, smiley person. Maintain eye contact with your companion to exude confidence and show interest in the other person. When two people form a connection, this is displayed by mirroring each other’s behaviour. Psychologists attribute this to having shared feelings and positive thoughts about the other person. So if you notice your companion mimicking your behaviour over time, you’ve just scored some serious points!
3. Show interest
Difficult, you say? We think not. Those contact cards are given to you at dating events for a reason – to be shared with others. Showing interest in your companion not only makes him/her feel good, but also allows both of you to have a higher chance of meeting again after the event. Pay attention to what the other person is saying – no one likes to have a conversation with someone who interrupts and interjects all the time! And, when you recall information he/she has shared, you’ll immediately be given brownie points for making a conscious effort to listen and understand them.
4. Be memorable
When you attend a dating event, chances are your companion would like to know more about you to assess the level of compatibility. So think about your interests, hobbies and some fun facts about yourself and be open to sharing these things with him/her. Of course, you should also think about what you would like to know about the other person. Do you two enjoy the same movies and music? If you’re uncomfortable with sharing things about yourself, think of some alternative topics you two could discuss. And hey, who knows! Maybe he/she shares similar opinions. Even if that’s not the case, wouldn’t a friendly debate be just as interesting?
People are naturally flattered by compliments, which can in turn make them feel good. If you notice your companion has nicely styled hair or a lovely pair of earrings, tell them! It shows that you pay attention to how they are presenting themselves and it gives them due credit for their efforts. To top it off, it creates room for conversational topics. Who knows if there’s a back story to his/her accessories! Be careful not to do this excessively though, or it could sound forced.
Now that we’ve let you in on these secrets, go out there and have fun! You’ll be surprised at how your dates will be more receptive towards you.