The thing about on­line dat­ing? The “dat­ing” doesn’t start un­til you’re off­line. The pur­pose of the first meet­ing, then, is to prove you’re a guy worth see­ing again. An easy way to es­tab­lish cred­i­bil­ity:

Ar­rive early and se­cure two stools at the bar. This al­lows you to chat with the bar­tender, and when she walks in, she’ll re­al­ize you’re the so­cially flu­ent guy with whom she was mes­sag­ing. Greet her with a hug or kiss on the cheek and stay at the bar. Leave some space be­tween your seats, as dis­tance is a power in­di­ca­tor and helps es­tab­lish in­trigue; so does good pos­ture. We’re not here to tell you how to have a con­ver­sa­tion, but be sure to lock eyes and lis­ten care­fully. Ex­perts say first dates should be limited to two hours. But play it by ear. Re­mem­ber: The goal of the first date is to se­cure a sec­ond.

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