Everyone likes to make a good impression, especially on a first date. Here are a few tips on impressing your man with your brain.
Most men think it’s pretty darn attractive when a woman knows something about sports, whether it be who was drafted to something as simple as how many points a touchdown is worth. If you think you are going somewhere where a game might be playing, try to Google a little something that might come in handy. Figure out what team is playing. Or if you have a favorite team, learn an interesting tidbit about that team. Be careful not to overshine your man though. Men tend to not like being outsmarted at sports by a woman. If you already know a lot about sports, then you’ve already got one topic of interest down!
Also, this will be a handy topic to know about if there are sequential dates. Your man will most likely have you meet his other guy friends. This will be a little test to see if you can “hang with the boys”. If you can keep up with a sports conversation, the friends will most likely approve of you.
This can be a touchy subject, so be wary about expressing strong opinions. Try to keep any political conversations strictly about facts. If a debate starts to break out, steer away to avoid further conflict. Just knowing any presidential policies are impressive, so don’t be scared to state a fact or two. Make sure to save political arguments for a later time – you don’t want your man’s first impression to be that you are argumentative.
You want your man to know you are capable of having a good time, so knowing a few facts about alcohol is sure to catch his attention. But try to keep drunken stories of the past to a minimum – you don’t want your date to think you’re too much of a party girl. If you are going to be drinking wine, maybe learn some wine terminology (e.g. dry, bouquet, finish, and/or balance).
Men tend to appreciate darker drinks, such as whiskey or a dark rum. If you can tolerate these kinds of drinks, try a whiskey on the rocks or something similar. This shows that you can relate to him, even if it’s something so trivial as alcohol. But feel free to get “girly” drinks as well.
If you can bust out a fact about a “cool” car, it will immediately grab your man’s attention. If you don’t know any information about “cool” cars, you can always discuss your personal car – the year, make, model, things you’ve improved or fixed, things that need to be repaired, etc. Plus, men who like vehicles like to brag about their vehicular knowledge, so it will give him a chance to show off.
If you like to ride motorcycles, 4-wheelers, or snowmachines, be sure to mention that as well!
Guys like to know their dates aren’t hermits. They want to know that you aren’t sheltered and oblivious to the outside world. You don’t have to know everything, but it doesn’t hurt to know a little bit about some of the top headlines. If he mentions something you don’t know about, you can listen to his story, then counter with something you have heard or read about. You don’t want to keep a current affairs conversation one-sided.
Things to Avoid
Most likely, occupations will come up. You can most definitely discuss your career, but try not to sound more successful then your date, even if you are. Save that for a later date. Men naturally like to be the dominant creature, so making them feel inferior will only make them self-conscious. But don’t dumb yourself down either!
Don’t mention past boyfriends. This will either make your man feel defensive and try to compete, or he will shut down, thinking that you are only comparing him to past dates. Of course, this isn’t every man, but you don’t want to take the chance, do you? If he happens to ask a question about your ex, keep your answer light and short, and move on. If he mentions one of his previous girlfriends, don’t take it personal and let any jealousy show. This is most likely a unconscious brag on his part.