10 Things to Talk About on Your First Date

These tips for what to talk about on a first date will help decrease your anxiety and increase your confidence. They’re geared towards couples who are meeting in person for the first time, after building an online relationship.

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“It’s quite a thing to fall in love with a person via the Internet, reading mostly Internet chats with the occasional phone call and webcam show,” says David, who works for an online dating company. “When you chat online you really do get a deeper insight into the person’s mind — thoughts, goals, qualities, traits, aspirations, and typically, a history of their past relationships.”

No matter how great you “click” online, you may feel awkward and even embarrassed when you finally meet in person. It’s normal! One of my favorite first date tips is to go on a picnic (indoors or outdoors), and explore a homemade or store-bought wine, cheese, crackers, and fruit gift basket together. Your conversation will flow as you taste the different foods and talk about whatever comes to mind. It’s a fun, creative way to dive into your first date.

And here are a few small talk tips to help you build trust in a relationship and feel good on your first date…

What Do You Talk About With Your Date?

This is a guest post from David, who works for an online dating company.

When you finally do arrange to meet in person you and your new date may feel very awkward. Your date may seem detached and you may feel confused. Your date – who you had multiple intimate talks with online – seems strangely familiar and yet completely different from what you imagined. It’s as if someone has built a humanoid being, using your chat transcripts to create the personality.  This new person recognizes you, and accepts who you are…but something just seems off.

Your date is probably feeling the same way you are: a little bit freaked out that what was once so allusive and so vividly imagined is now sitting in front of you in full color and 100% flesh and blood! But, don’t get paranoid and think that your virtual friend come to life doesn’t like or isn’t attracted to you. The strange awkwardness you feel is the natural consequence of “dating backwards.”

Usually, you get to know a person intimately before you have all those deep, afterglow chats. However, online dating lets you learn the secret person of the heart, and then introduces flirting and sexual tension later on.  Now you must figure out what to talk about with your date, who knows your naked thoughts but not your naked body.  Intimidating, for sure! It helps to find first date conversation starters.

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Don’t stress yourself out. It’s just a matter of becoming comfortable with each other’s physical presence and then easing back into the same dynamic that first attracted the two of you together online. At first, there may be some awkwardness, nervousness and giggling. Accept this, and enjoy it. The two of you already like each other – after all, you agreed to meet in person. So, be yourself on your date. Don’t try too hard or try to be someone you’re not.  Just let the conversation flow naturally for a while.

How to Deal With Conversational Lulls

When you sense that that there is a lull in the conversation, a safe move might be to reference some of your favorite inside jokes or favorite topics. Rehashing familiar topics but with the added sensation of watching your date’s facial expressions can be a lot of fun.

However, what happens when you hit another lull in the conversation?  Don’t panic.

Here are some first date conversation starters…

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10 Things to Talk About on Your First Date

  • Continue the latest news in your life or your date’s life, as if this is just another chat.
  • Talk about things you can point to; the beautiful sky, your date’s attractive face, your car, new photos, etc.  Things you can’t possibly do justice to while on a text program.
  • Talk, sing, do imitations.  Let your date hear your real voice!
  • Ask to hold hands, hug, embrace, etc.  If you already feel a very close connection then it’s best just to get over the butterflies in stomach feeling with a little physical touching.
  • Invite your date back to your place for a tour.
  • Talk about some of the things you want to show him or her (old records, books, paintings, musical instruments, anything the two of you have talked about before)
  • Share your views on life goals, work, news and pop culture, movies, TV, and some of your favorite things.
  • Discuss hypothetical scenarios and personality tests. Borrow tests off the Internet or create your own scenarios.  These open-ended questions jump start conversation and can help break the ice.  Plus, it really helps you learn about your date.
  • Talk about the food in front of you! There is where the wine, cheese, crackers, and fruit gift basket comes in handy.

Meeting someone you like in person is a great way to accelerate the relationship or to test the relationship, to see if there is any physical spark.  Let this date unfold in its own time, without pushing any agenda.  Just remember to stay calm and cherish the moment – even the moments that have you going “whoah!”

I welcome your thoughts on what to talk about on your first date below.

Thinking about the next step in your relationship? Read 65 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married – it may give you a whole bunch of new things to talk about with your date!


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4 thoughts on “10 Things to Talk About on Your First Date

  • Laurie Post author

    That’s awesome, Diego, that you had a good first date. Sometimes its our nervousness that makes us come up blank when we’re trying to figure out what to talk about on the first date – but it sounds like you and your date found a great place to start a relationship!

  • Diego

    I met a girl in an online dating website, and we were both nervous about talking in person. We met at a fair and had a great time looking at the rides and trying different types of foods. I did have a list of 5 things to talk about on our first date but didn’t need to look at it. We only ended up dating for a few months because she moved to a different state but we’re still friends. It was a good experience though.

  • Femita

    My favorite topics for a first date are your passions, your career and travel. Why? Because there is a lot to say about them and these topics offer an excellent opportunity go find out about his interests and priorities in life.