If you’re hoping for something a bit more promising than waking up with a vague memory of the person you wished you hadn’t given your number to, lay off the hard stuff and make sure you do not broach the following topics on your first date:

1. Your ex. It may sound like you’re the man (woman, whatever) if your date is reminded that you’ve been adored many times before, but please remember that this is lame. Direct the attention to the subject at hand.

2. Your ride, your bling, how high you “roll.” Although some may think that’s impressive, a large majority will probably assess that your big boasting is making up for other small insecurities. Rely on what’s natural and hopefully your personality will have enough girth to break the ice. Unless, of course, you want a golddigger.

3. Everything but your date. Talking about yourself is comfortable, which is why it is always a good idea to allow your date to do the talking, too. Giving the other person the floor by asking a few questions will easily break that nervous silence and make you look like the selfless, sensitive type.

4. Your dark past. Now may not be the right time to talk about your all-time favorite arrests. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised.

5. Your wedlocked future. Even if you can’t wait to give away or one day wear that engagement ring passed down from your grandmother, don’t mention it. The smallest hint to an eventual happy ending could be the end itself.

If you find yourself sitting across from someone who breaks every rule in the book, make sure there’s a friend with a lifeline available, should you need saving. Keep in mind that text-messaging will allow you to stage an emergency that needs your immediate attention in case there’s no one else to bail you out.

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