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Every once in a while I get asked about coffee dates. Like what are they? Where do you go? Do you have to do them? Coffee dates are the very best way to meet someone new. There is a specific way to set them up and end them. Here are a few tips for making your coffee date the best possible experience it can be.
An Hour Only, Set Up in Advance
One of the best things about a coffee date is that it is only one hour in length. It’s meant to have a specific end
time, and to be relatively short. This helps in a variety of ways. When you are meeting someone new, it means you don’t have one of those awkward endings. You set up the expectation at the very beginning (when you are making the date) that it is meant to be an hour in length. So at the end of an hour, you thank your date for coming out, and go home.
Choose a Comfortable Location
While you might be tempted to meet at a place around the block from you, a better option is to choose a play you’re comfortable with, but one slightly farther away from your house. You don’t want someone to follow you home, after all. But pick a place you’ve been to and enjoy.
Following Up After the Coffee Date
After a successful coffee date, text or email your match to say you enjoyed yourself and ask them if they want to go out again. If you didn’t enjoy your time, you should email and let them know that while you think they are a great person, you don’t believe they are right for you. If you’re not sure? Meet them again. Who says you can only do one coffee date?