Asking Someone for a Date
I'm waiting... It seems simple enough, but it can be the most
difficult part of a date.
So what do you do?
Biggest clue: THINK AHEAD
You don't want to be standing there going, "Um, ah." when the
object of your affection says "Yes."
You can't just looked stunned and be too shocked to utter the
You can't wait for that very moment to try to think of what on
earth you can do on a date.
You need a more impressive beginning.
Why'd I say that!
If you're at the start of a relationship or asking for a first
date, take the pressure off by not using the "D" word.
Don't ask for a "Date" and don't call it a "Date."
If you're uncomfortable saying, "Would you like to go out with
Then don't say it.
Make it casual.
But (just a reminder)THINK AHEAD.
Make it specific.
First - two deadly questions NOT to ask:
Do not ask, "You want to go out?" it's too open-ended and can
lead to awkward follow up conversation.
Do not ask, "What are you doing Friday night?"
It's too vague. It may leave your potential date wondering
exactly what you have in mind.
The other person doesn't know if you're just curious about what
she/he is doing on Friday night or if you want to do something
Try something along the lines of:
"You like to rollerblade? I was thinking of going out to the
lake on Saturday. It's great out there. Would you like to go
Or if you're really uncertain or uncomfortable about getting
together - go with a group.
Ask the question:
"Hey, there're a bunch of us going bowling on Saturday. Would
you like to go?"
The operative word here is "us." It immediately takes the
Planning activities to do on your date and getting together in a
group are good ways to go - especially if you think you or your
date might get "tongue-tied."
If you're busy or there are a bunch of other people in the
conversation, you won't hit awkward silences and won't have to
talk all the time if you don't know your date very well.
In summary, just remember when you are asking someone out:
1) Plan ahead
Know what you are going to say AND what you want to suggest to
do on the date.
2) Be specific
The other person will be much more comfortable if they know
exactly what your intentions are and what you want to do.
AND try to relax and enjoy yourself - worst case - they'll say
they can't go out and you'll find someone else who will. Someone
who appreciates you.
In other words, if the person you are asking out doesn't have
enough insight to recognize what a terrific person you are, then
they're just not too bright now, are they?