This feeling of “romance in the air” reminded me of the first time I was asked out on an official date, as well as the first time I declined an invitation for a date. As a young woman, these experiences molded and shaped who I am today.
Smart tips asking for a date
Ask early in the week. If you are hoping for a date that weekend, be sure to ask by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Sometimes nerves can cause us to hesitate, so practice what you will say in the mirror before going for it.
Have a plan in place so you can be specific. For example: “I have tickets to the game on Saturday would you like to join me?” or “There is a new restaurant opening this weekend. Would you go with me Saturday evening for dinner?”
Smart tips for accepting a date
Be sure to enthusiastically respond to the invitation.
If you have been waiting for that special someone to ask you out, let them know you are truly glad they did.
Get the specifics now to avoid an awkward moment later. Find out if you will be “going dutch” (splitting the bill) and what type of attire is appropriate.
Smart tips for declining a date
It is all right to have standards and decline a date if you have no romantic interest in that person.
The most important thing to remember is to be kind.
Try this: “I’m sorry but I have plans that evening.”
If he or she keeps asking, then you would need to tactfully explain your feelings.
Try this: “Thank you for your interest; I am flattered. However, I am not interested in a dating relationship.”
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