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Five Steps to Making a Great First Impression

When you finally find someone who you want to date from the online dating profiles it can be exciting feeling, but at the same time it can also be scary. In essence, you are meeting a stranger and you only know them from their profile that you have viewed online.

The online dating experience may have given you pictures and the two of you may have talked a lot, either through Instant Messaging chatting or on the phone, but the big moment is just a few hours away.

Other than your personal safety, what is the most relevant question you should be asking of yourself? What can you do to make a great first impression? Suddenly the cliché --- "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" --- finds personal relevance for you.

Here are five steps you can take to make sure that you make the impression that you want to on your (hopefully the first of many more to come) date:

  • Step #1 : Think of Conversation Starters
    Before you go, review your date's profile and think of some good questions to ask. These should be things you haven't asked before and they should be questions that require more than a yes or no answer. And, be sure to listen. Your date will definitely appreciate that you are taking an interest in them. No one enjoys dating a self-centered person! This can set the mood of the date and you will be able to talk more naturally. Note: Don’t ask all the questions at once out of nervousness. Instead ask them as naturally as possible and just be yourself.
  • Step #2 : What Should You Wear?
    Both men and women should (of course) dress appropriately for where they are going, but conservatively at the same time. It is better to let guys wait to see cleavage and it’s best for guys to dress simple. When you dress in these ways you can be sure that you are looking at each other, but not staring at certain areas and focusing only on "physical attraction", which is just one aspect of a successful relationship. Even though it isn't bad, you don't want your eyes to wander prematurely. If you truly are compatible, there will be plenty of time for that later.
  • Step #3 : Let Your Personality Shine Through
    Now is the time to be yourself. Show your personality and stay upbeat. Smile, listen well and create an atmosphere that makes your date feel like they want to do this again. Never talk about past hurts or problems that you have had on previous dates or relationships. Even though your date may be sympathetic and be able to relate to your problems, they certainly don't want to hear about the "emotional baggage" that you bring with you. Most people dating online have their own painful experiences. This is the time to leave the past in the past and concentrate on your date. Be optimistic about the future with someone new!
  • Step #4 : Be Careful With Your Cologne or Perfume
    The problem with wearing your favorite cologne or perfume when first dating is that it can clash with your date's sensitive nose or allergies. Even a little splash behind your ears can cause a negative reaction with your date. Why overdo it? It is better to just wear deodorant and not worry about any other scent. Of course, this is going to prove impractical, but they should still get to know you first by who you are not just by a scent. Cologne or perfume isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, if you are a good match as a couple, remember that your partner will eventually see you without makeup and smell you without an artificial fragrance. Just try to be yourself!
  • Step #5 : What to Do at the End of the Date?
    Let's assume you have had a perfect date and you are feeling like you want to see them again. If you have already made this decision, be sure to let the other person know. It may be difficult, but if you are too shy to ask outright for another date, you can say something like, "I had a great time. Shall we do this again sometime?" This may open the door without forcing a commitment. No one claims that Internet dating is easy. Once you make the connection and go on a date you are pretty much on your own. As stated at the end of Step #4, just be yourself. If things are meant to be, a relationship will develop.

First impressions will lead you to other dates with some people and it will tell you quickly if you want to date someone else. Don’t be surprised if you have made a good impression, but the other person doesn't want a second date. It is better to find out that you are not compatible.... early. Some people would rather date many people at least one time even though they may not be interested in meeting again.

Don't take anything personally that happens on a first date because it is just about getting to know someone. You may or may not be the right fit for the other person, and they may not be the right fit for you. A first date should be fun, brief and something to think about when you leave. Most important of all, it is wise to have realistic expectations about your dating experience. Not everyone is compatible and that is OK. Don't give up hope that your lifetime soul mate is out there!