Manners Maketh Man: You need not-and should not-unnecessarily put on airs and graces for your date, as doing so would in all likelihood come across as ingenuine as it is. Basic good etiquette, however, is an excellent way in which to create a favourable impression. Pay your date a genuine compliment. Open a door or two. Make eye contact. Be polite to the wait staff.
Look Nice, Smell Better: It goes without saying that you should dress well for your date, though again nothing overly fancy, simply a sharp version of your normal dress style. Insofar as smell is concerned, you should of course bathe and make use of antiperspirant or roll-on deodorant. Do not underestimate the importance of an excellent fragrance though. Surveys have proven that both men and women [in particular] are attracted to scent. In addition to using an antiperspirant, a fragrance or body spray is recommended. Just be sure not to overdo it.
Confidence Also Maketh Man: Whilst over-confidence, swagger and bragging are immediate turnoffs, a healthy degree of confidence is a definite turn-on. In addition to the old ‘fake it till you make it’ tactic, one way in which to automatically exude confidence is to talk about something you are knowledgeable and/or passionate about.
Home Ground Advantage: If your date asks you to suggest a location for your date, do not ask friends for recommendations or opt for a place you have never been to before. Suggesting a place you have frequented and will be reasonably comfortable in will not only take the edge off somewhat for you, but will also in turn probably put your date at ease as well. Plus, there’s nothing that will ruin a mood quite like a rubbish meal at an untried place you suggested.
Ask and Listen: Ask your date questions and make a point to listen to her responses. Listening attentively will not only make a good impression on the date itself and an excellent impression on any future dates [if you’ve commit facts about your date to memory], but will also allow you to rather quickly gage whether you and your date are compatible in the first place.
Turn off Your Phone: No explanation required. Turn it off.
Offer to Pay: It is 2016, and the dating rule-of-thumb is to either split the bill or for the person having done the inviting to foot the bill, but that does not mean that you cannot offer to pay regardless. Offer to treat your date, but if they are adamant about paying for themselves, do not force the issue.
Chemistry Experiment: Obviously you will know whether you are ‘feeling’ the date or not, but if you want to check whether your date is reciprocal before the oft-debated goodnight kiss, lean in ever so slightly whilst talking or walking. If your date leans away, they are not all that into you quite yet, and you should probably opt for a goodnight kiss on the cheek.