Turn Off Your Phone
Even if you are a professional constantly glued to your phone, at least on a first date, you need to turn your phone off. She needs to feel as if you’re paying attention to her rather than constantly looking at your phone and texting your buddies the whole time. If you’re expecting an important phone call from a client, you can make that known to her at the start of the date. Otherwise, your friends can wait until you are done with the date to hear from you.
Avoid Your Local Hangouts
If you have bars or restaurants you often meet your friends at, avoid these on your date. She does want to get to know you and the kinds of things you enjoy, but if you take her to the bar you go to all the time, you’re going to run into your buddies and it’ll get awkward with your date. Instead, you can go to a restaurant with food she likes or to a club you think she might like. Remember, it is all about impressing her and showing her you are interested in her. Taking her to your local hangouts only shows her you’re interested in what you like and hope she’ll be okay with that. Even if she does like you, she still wants to experience a night where it is all about the two of you together.
Treat Chance Encounters as a Quick Hello
Even if you turn off your phone and avoid the places you normally hang out, there’s still a chance you’ll run into a friend. This is when you’ll need to pay attention to what you’re saying to your friend. Introduce your date as your date and greet your friend. After everyone has said hello, end the conversation as quickly as possible. Let your friend know you have plans and you’ve got to be on your way. Your friend may try to talk with you more, but you need to insist you’ve got to go. She’ll appreciate you making sure to get rid of all the distractions to spend time just with her.