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How to Exude Confidence on a Date

        Health | Dating

Use Positive Body Language
If you're having a good time and it shows, your date will pick up on this in a positive way.
If you're having a good time and it shows, your date will pick up on this in a positive way.
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If you've already asked someone out and gotten a positive response, the hardest part's already behind you -- at least you know your date is interested in you! But faced with the prospect of an afternoon or evening together, it'll be a bit more challenging to keep your composure.

Don't yield to nervous habits -- some annoying behaviors make anyone look like an amateur. Keep your hands still at the table. Don't wring them constantly, and don't shred paper napkins or straw wrappers. Not only does it make you look unsure of yourself, there'll be a mess on the table as a reminder.

Walk smoothly and deliberately, and you'll look as calm as can be. Don't shuffle your feet while you're walking or standing. These are the affectations of much younger, inexperienced guys. Make eye contact when you're talking and listening. It signals that you're confident, but it shows that you respect your date, too. And most of all, smile. Don't force it, but if you're enjoying yourself, it should come naturally.

Another way to show your date you're interested? You should be listening more than you should be talking -- but what you say, and how you say it, is also very important. On the next page, we'll discuss how to get the most from every word out of your mouth.


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