If you are dating, you will,  at some point, encounter a bad date.  It doesn’t mean that you should swear off dating and be lead to believe that all dates will have the some outcome!  Part of dating is taking the good with the bad.

To avoid having a totally bad dating experience, follow these tips to reduce the impact.

  1. Firstly be pre-emptive and don’t put yourself in a position where you are committed to a date for a long period of time i.e. Drive to the country, a dinner date etc.
  2. If it is a first date organise to meet for drinks and let them know you have a time restraint due to a prior commitment. If the date is going really well then you have the option to “alter” your plans.
  3. For a first date allow a window of 1 – 2 hours. Any further dates should not require a time frame because you want to see the person again so hopefully there won’t be a need to ‘get out’.

If you have already committed to a lengthy date and it isn’t going well, be polite and do ‘the time’ until it feels appropriate to make your exit excuse ie. early morning meeting. Even better, if you have the confidence, be honest, in the nicest way possible and let the other person know that you aren’t feeling it the time has come to end the date.