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How to Ask Someone Out

Asking somebody out on a date is often a very daunting endeavor that requires a certain level of self-confidence and ideally, plenty of thought and preparation. Putting a little consideration and creative planning into the process is a good way to improve the odds that your offer will be cheerfully accepted.

The first and most important step in preparing to ask someone out on a date is to build your self-confidence. Take some time to reflect on what a great catch you are. Know that you are worthy and refrain from nursing insecurities. Remember that if you canít convince yourself that you deserve this date then there is very little chance that you will be able to convince anybody else.

The next step in the preparation process involves gathering as much information about your target as possible. Before making your move, itís important to find out as much about your potential dateís interests as you can. This can be done directly through casual, non-threatening conversation. If you arenít comfortable making direct contact, you might consider a more indirect approach such as making observations or casual inquiries with your targetís friends and colleagues. It is important, however, to use caution in your attempts to learn more about your potential date. Use common sense to avoid setting off any stalker alarms.

Once you have a pretty good idea of what your potential date is like and what his/her interests are, then you can begin to finalize your plans for how to present an offer that will be difficult to refuse. Rather than asking a vague question such as ďdo you want to go out with me?Ē, ask a direct question with a specific activity in mind, preferably one that appeals to your potential dateís interests and that is conducive to getting to know more about each other. Try to avoid conventional first date ideas like dinner and a movie. Instead, suggest something more original but that also keeps the inevitable pressures of dating to a minimum.

Though there are no guarantees when it comes to dating, the best results often come from the most thorough preparation. So before you ask that cutie out on a date, give your chances a little boost by doing some homework ahead of time.

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