Foolproof Conversation Starters for a First Date

Let’s face it: First dates are awkward. Things get even more awkward if both of you run out of things to say before the server has brought the meal to your table. Although it would be going a little too far to come prepared with talking points on an index card, it’s certainly helpful to prepare by thinking about a few conversation starters, just in case the discussion starts to get stale.

Find out about your deal breakers.

Everyone has one or two deal breakers. These are issues that unquestionably signal that the other person is not the right partner for you. For some people, wanting to live in the same region, having the same religious beliefs, or voting for the same political party are must-haves in a partner. Decide what your deal-breakers are, and ask questions designed to elicit relevant information. For example, you might say something like, “I’ve lived in this region all my life, but I’ve always wanted to try out southern living for a bit. How about you?”

Ask about their talents and ambitions.

The purpose of a first date is to find out if the two of you “click” enough to want to schedule a second date. One way to do this is to ask about your date’s talents and ambitions. Ask your date what they love to do on days off from work, if they have any hobbies, or if they aspire to take on a major personal project.

Ask about their family and friends.

Asking your date how he or she relates to others can give you some major clues about his or her own personality. You might start by asking if your date grew up in this area, whether they have any family living here, or whether they have ever been to this restaurant before with friends.

Looking for a great place to bring a first date? Try Vaqueros in Columbia Falls, MT, which offers delicious Mexican cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. You can call the restaurant at (406) 892-3501 to inquire about their current hours.

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