It’s natural to be a little nervous on a first date, especially when it comes to conversation, but don’t worry. We’ve put together a guide for the do’s and don’ts of first date conversation.

The first date is your chance to get to learn about each other’s interests, their job and hobbies, so follow our tips on the following topics to increase your chances of securing that all important second date!

Don’t mention your ex…

When on a first date with someone new it’s best to avoid mentioning ex partners and focus on where you are now.

Divulging too much information about your relationship history might make your date doubt that you’re ready to move on, so instead guide the conversation towards trips you’re planning, events you’re looking forward to and things you’d like to achieve in the next 6 months.

Be positive…

There might have been times in when life’s been tough on you. But, while you may have done fantastically to overcome these issues, it’s best to keep these less positive events to yourself for the time being.

Try to focus on now and all the great and exciting things about yourself. However, if your times of hardship do come up in topic, be honest and show how you’ve moved on or plan to improve the situation.

By having more positive conversations you’ll come across as smart and self-assured – attractive qualities in a potential partner.

Avoid heated discussions…

When dating, it’s important to stay true to who you are, so if you’re passionate about politics or have strong religious beliefs, then you should be honest about these.

During the early stages of dating someone new, though, it’s best to avoid heated debates about these topics and just enjoy the company of each other. By focusing on having fun, your date will see that you’re an exciting and fun-loving person to be around.

Check out our first date tips or for more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!