Seven Keys to Dating Etiquette

Preparing for a date racks the nerves of many singles — worrying about what to wear, what to say and how to act — but using these seven keys from the MindFindBind program Dr. Phil developed with Match.com will get you off to a good start.

  1. Dress the part. Don't dress too sexy.
  2. Be on time or your date might wonder, "What was more important than getting here on time?"
  3. Mind your table manners — and if you don't have any, get some!
  4. Focus 100 percent on your date. Turn off your cell phone and other messaging devices.
  5. Check your emotional baggage at the door. Don't go burdening your date with all of your problems.
  6. Sweat the small stuff. Listen to what your prospective mate has to say.
  7. Follow up. Do something that let's your date know, "Hey, that was a lot of fun."
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