Ah, the first date. Where great relationships begin, or stumble into awkward, dead-end conversation.
The key to creating a solid first date experience is the art of banter, which begins with asking meaningful questions. Great questions, asked well, give you and your date plenty of material to work with—and endless conversations to explore. So, what makes for a great question, as opposed to a dull back-and-forth?
First, you've got to express genuine interest. More important than the specifics of the question is your intention in asking it. If you don't truly care about the answer, then any question will fall flat. You always want to make them open-ended. Avoiding yes or no questions creates organic conversation, and allows you and your date to really get to know each other. Plus, you can tailor any question to avoid the dreaded one-word answer and keep the conversation going so long as you're aware of your phrasing. And lastly, your questions should blend into conversation naturally, building on the most positive points. Rather than treating questions as a first date script, weave them seamlessly into conversation, by asking, listening, and following up with new topics and further questions. Before you know it, you’ll be using questions to inspire a natural exchange.
With that in mind, here are seven great questions to ask on a first date.