Waiting at a ‘trendy bar’ in High Street Kensington, cosmopolitan in hand, I check my face in the mirrored ash tray. The ‘sultry effect’ I was aiming for looks more bedbound rat than bedhead vixen. ‘Can I really do this?’ I ask myself. What if I get something down my top? Or God forbid, in my teeth?
As you may have guessed, I’m about to endure a meet-and-greet with a complete stranger. Something that Wikipedia calls, ‘a form of courtship done by two people,’ and an act which American psychologist Debby Herbenick warns may cause ‘anxiety-induced stress levels.’ Whichever way you wish to spin it, I’m basically preparing myself for an ‘awks’ blind date. And I’m absolutely bricking it.
Ten minutes in, and I’m already blabbering. “I’m a big, err, fish person,” I hear myself spouting. Clammy hands, flushed cheeks, and a mouth that just keeps on going. I’ve got it all, and it’s not a good look…
So if, like me, you need some tips on how to stay cool, calm and effortlessly collected in the dating game, we’ve compiled a list of dating etiquette rules. Listen, and learn… Read more