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A Matchmaker’s Top Tips for Blind Dating

Few events inspire anxiety like a blind date, and the unknown mystery of meeting someone sight-unseen is especially stressful.

As Dating Sunday approaches this weekend (January 3rd), the busiest day for online dating, Professional matchmaker and Agape Match founder Maria Avgitidis understands what many experience and has some simple but surefire tips to make a good first impression:

RESPECT your date. Sure, you haven’t met yet, but remember to be courteous to your date and work not to have last minute scheduling conflicts.

PREPARE for your date. Plan what to wear and give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time. First impressions mean a lot, if a date sees you disheveled, dirty or dressed inappropriately you are not off to a good start.

RELAX before your date. Remember that your match is on a first date too! There’s no reason to be nervous. Feel confident and optimistic, and avoid past relationship talk.

ENGAGE your date. Ask plenty of questions without coming across as intrusive. Smile and be yourself!

LISTEN to your date, actively. We often try to formulate another question in our heads instead of listening to what the other person is saying.

BE OPEN to exchanging phone numbers. Most times, chemistry develops over time. Your second        date will have a much different vibe than your first, so keep an open mind to asking your date out again.

A blind date can come with plenty of pre-conceived notions, but Avgitidis insists that’s part of the fun. “It’s okay to just let go and see where the night takes you. Nerves and anticipation can often take a lot of fun out of the date, so going with the flow is key here.”

Avgitidis’ Agape Match has been finding love for New York City-area singles since 2008; her personalized service with attention to safety and discretion delivers results via Avgitidis’ vast network of friends, acquaintances and associates for a one-of-a-kind client experience.

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