Etiquette tips for Valentine's Day
Despite the allure of 'bad boys and bad girls' on the big screen, in real life the nice members of the sexes will share all the chemistry, according to a dating expert.
"Good manners, common sense and good behaviour go a long way in winning someone?s heart," Paul A.Falzone, author of a recent book on dating, elaborated.
In light of this, potential suitors are advised to follow dating etiquette in order to present themselves well and avoid disaster.
Firstly, it is important to plan ahead and not wait until the eve of Valentine's Day to ask him or her out for the evening so it doesn?t look like a last minute thought.
And while you may be the fast-talking soul of the party, it is important to give your date a chance to speak so you both get to know each other.
One of the oldest yet most telling rules is punctuality ? don't be late. Allow plenty of time and check the directions to your destination before you leave. We've all been late for dates and it can mar the evening.
Flowers are not essential but bring a rose if you're in doubt; drink responsibly and preferably go for a coffer or lunch in order to avoid potential drunken embarrassment; and be honest about yourself ? avoid 'bigging' yourself up with tales of money and success.
For the guys, remember to maintain eye contact and be courteous and polite on the date - we live in the days of equal opportunities but this doesn?t mean chivalry is dead.
Finally, avoid swearing, don't interrupt and remember to compliment the beautiful lady. And don't promise to call again if you don't mean it.
Follow these guidelines and you can't go wrong!
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