Ways to ensure a second date (or something better)

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First dates are always a mixture of things. There’s excitement, nervousness and, of course, anticipation. What will this lead to? Will there be a relationship or will things just fizzle out and dissipate into thin air? If you are having a great first date, don’t leave things hanging and wait for the guy to make the next move. Here are things you can do through the date to show your interest. Give it a shot and you’ll guarantee yourself a second date.

Keep the flow of conversation going
Awkward pauses and first dates go hand-in-hand. But if you prepare well in advance, you can keep the conversation and banter going with some interesting questions. Ask him things such as: Who inspires you the most? Or if you had to give up one vice, what would it be? Who is your 3 AM friend? The more enjoyable the conversation, the more he’ll want to hang out with you.

Use the right body language
Non-verbal cues can pay a big role in indicating your interest in someone. Simple things like sitting with a straight back, making eye contact and not crossing your hands over your chest can go a long way. If you’re feeling confident enough, and if you think he’d be okay with it, you can throw in a few subtle and light brushes or touching too.

Plan the second date while on the first
Don’t wait till the end of the date to end to start planning your second. A smart way to sneak in a conversation about a second date is to steer the conversation towards it. For example, ask him if he has watched that movie everyone is raving about. If he replies with a no, go ahead and tell him how you haven’t either and suggest that you can both catch it together. Or if he reveals that he’s a big fan of cheesecake, suggest taking him to a place with drool-worthy desserts.

Let him know you had a good time
You know that ancient rule of waiting a certain amount of time before texting him? Throw that out of the window. If you had a good time, let him know. Once you get a reply, keep the conversation going but don’t try too hard. Keep it casual.

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