The Best Dating Advice for Men: 19 Tips to Boost Your Dating Game

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Are you looking for the best dating advice for men to woo that special woman? These 19 tips are all you need, so stop the search!

The dating game can be a bit of a minefield at times. If you are a single guy looking to meet and date women, it feels pretty daunting to get out there and try to impress women—especially if there is a particularly special lady. But don’t worry, we have some dating advice for men that will make you the talk of the town *in a good way, of course*.

The 19 best pieces of dating advice for men

Women can be mysterious creatures. Whether you just came out of a relationship and feel nervous about wading back into the crazy world of dating, or you’ve been single for ages and feel a bit rusty, read on to discover some of the best dating advice for men.

#1 Have clear goals. People want to go on dates for different reasons. Some seek to find their next serious relationship, their next true love. Others just want to test the waters and see what’s out there. Some are happy being single, but love the company of women and enjoy the dating scene. Others really hate being alone and want to find their next partner ASAP.

Before you head into the dating game, consider what you want and why. This way you manage your own and other people’s expectations with ease. [Read: 15 things immature men do and you should avoid]

#2 Don’t leave it too long before you go on a date. Whether you chat through an online dating app, your work colleagues, or they are someone in your friend group, the longer you leave it to ask them out on a date, the more likely you’ll land in the ‘friend zone’ or get snapped up by someone else. If you like someone and want to take your relationship further, then bite the bullet and ask them out already! [Read: How to avoid the friend zone and make any girl desire you]

#3 First impressions count. While women might be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, it is unfortunately in their nature to judge every book by its cover, so to speak. First impressions are seriously important. It can be difficult to shake off a bad one.

Making a good first impression isn’t rocket science. Just make sure you spruce yourself up a bit, turn up on time, and greet her in a friendly manner. Also, be sure you have some conversation starters at the ready, so you don’t immediately lapse into an awkward silence. [Read: How to be the hot guy – 20 rules to instant hotness]

#4 Make plans you are comfortable with. There is no need to go overboard on a first date. If you feel more at home in a cozy pub rather than a swanky restaurant then arrange a date there. If you feel uncomfortable or out of place you aren’t going to come across well. Additionally, you give a false impression of yourself from the outset. [Read: 30 fun first date ideas that will leave her wanting more]

#5 Have confidence. Confidence is incredibly helpful when it comes to having a great date. We know dating is a little nerve-wracking. If you are able to calm those nerves and act confidently and self-assured *but not arrogantly*, she is more likely to be impressed by you and want to come back for more.

#6 Pay attention to your body language. Your body language speaks volumes. Try not to adopt any nervous twitches, turn your body towards her, and don’t hunch or cross your arms. Maintain eye contact without staring and nod and smile when speaking and listening too.

#7 Use humor. One of the best dating advice for men that really works is to indulge your funny bone. If possible, making her laugh really goes a long way. You don’t have to be a standup comedian, but the odd joke or some witty conversation impresses her and makes her feel more relaxed.

#8 Don’t play games. No woman, no matter how old or how long they have been in the dating game, appreciates being messed around. Try not to play too many games. While it’s okay not to profess your undying love for her right away, acting too cool or going hot and cold is more likely to just make her lose interest. [Read: How to stop playing relationship games]

#9 Be honest. If you like her, tell her. If you don’t, that’s also fine. But don’t string her along. Being honest about the way you feel is refreshing. You don’t have to come on too strong, but there is nothing wrong with being enthusiastic about someone you meet that you like.

#10 Be intuitive. Most of us have a good sense of whether a date is going well, or whether you just aren’t getting on. Even if you really like her, try to pay attention to what she does.

Does she seem enthusiastic or disinterested? Is she flirting or being prim and proper? Read signs and take hints.

#11 Make sure the conversation is even. When you’re nervous, it’s easy to chatter away about yourself because you fear the conversation coming to a halt. However, a good date is all about getting to know one another, so make sure you give her a chance to tell you about herself too.

#12 Keep things lighthearted and fun. When you first start to date someone, try to keep topics of conversation lighthearted. Your time to get all deep and meaningful will come, but for now just have fun! [Read: How to make a good first impression on a girl]

#13 Don’t talk about your exes. For the majority of first dates, talking about your ex is a big no-no—if it comes up naturally or she asks you it’s fine, but keep it reasonably brief. If you start going off about how much you hate your ex, or even how great they were, this is off putting.

#14 Turn off your phone. There is nothing more off-putting than being on a date with a guy who can’t stop checking his phone. Turn it off unless it’s absolutely necessary to keep it on. That way you give her your undivided attention. [Read: What is phubbing and why it’s the worst thing you can do on a date]

#15 Offer to pay. While going dutch is totally cool, most women still like it if a man offers to pay—particularly on a first date. She might refuse, but she’ll think you’re a gent for asking.

#16 Give her space. It’s important not to get too intense too quickly when you start to date someone. You may think she is absolutely amazing. While it’s great to give her compliments, if you start suggesting you see each other every day or texting her as soon as you part ways this sets alarm bells ringing. Give her time to miss you and think about you in between dates. That makes them all the more special! [Read: How to learn to give the one you love space and learn to breathe again]

#17 Get to know her friends. Making an effort to get to know her friends and taking an interest in them fairly early on shows her you want to be part of her life and care about the people important to her.

#18 Introduce her to your friends. Introducing her to your friends shows her you are serious about her and proud to be dating her. It also makes for some more fun, casual dates rather than it being just the two of you all the time. Plus, it’s always good to get feedback from friends early on, just in case you’ve actually been blinded and need to be brought down to earth ASAP! [Read: How to choose the perfect wingman when you’re on the hunt]

#19 Be surprising. Don’t let your dates get boring. Think of any new interesting things for you to do, vary the time of day, and do things neither of you have done before. They make great dates and if it works out between you, wonderful memories too!

[Read: 14 Prince Charming rules to date a girl the right way]

These 19 tips make up some of the best dating advice for men out there. If you want great dates and enjoy being back in the dating game, follow the above. You are sure to have fun and meet some wonderful women at the same time.

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Bethany Cadman
Bethany Cadman
Bethany was born and raised in Scotland and now resides in Brighton where she lives with her partner and rather disobedient cocker spaniel pup. She works as a f...
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