When you agree to go out with someone you know from your social circle or community, you have the means to find out about them through your common friends and acquaintances.
Knowing their real name is also an advantage–something that a lot of online daters fail to realize.
[Read: 20 ways to perfect that first date conversation] #4 Ask them about their hobbies. They’re probably wondering the same thing about you. It just needs to be something personal that’s not common knowledge.
Rather than starting the conversation with something about yourself, ask your date about the things they like doing. Bonus points if the answer’s honest and juicy at the same time. Studies say that sharing secrets can bring people closer together. Studies also say that people who talk about traveling end up on second dates.
#1 Ask yourself what you’d want to know about your date.
Whatever it is, make sure it piques your date’s interest.
What are the things that you’d like to know about the person you’re seeing? People are more likely to warm up to you when they’re given a chance to talk about themselves.
Remember them, and bring them up when you get the chance. If you’re not good at winging it during conversations, it’s best to have a list of questions you want to ask. [Read: 40 questions to ask your date to have a great conversation] #6 Follow up with another question if they don’t ask anything.
[Read: 20 signs of attraction in the first conversation] Once you and your online match are at ease with each other, you won’t need to worry about having to think of ways to start your conversations.
Just remember that talking is second nature to us human beings.