What are some things I should avoid during a conversation?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Gloria MacDonald shares some things you should avoid discussing on a first date.

    Gloria MacDonald

    Gloria MacDonald is the founder and President of Perfect Partners, The Personal Relationship Executive Search Firm, a highly successful, personalized matchmaking service. Gloria has interviewed hundreds and hundreds of single men and women and has introduced over 1500 couples. She is an expert in the field of dating and relationships, having appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. She’s the co-author of the highly acclaimed book Laws of the Jungle: Dating for Women Over 40. She believes, and has seen through her work, that there is a perfect partner for anyone of us who truly desires to find that relationship, believes they can have it, and are willing to accept it. Gloria is an engaging and dynamic speaker and trainer who changes lives. Testimonials from people who have attended Gloria’s seminars: “Gloria uses her exceptional knowledge of real world dating and her unique and exciting style to inspire women to not give up. Truly a wonderful presenter. I would highly recommend anything she does now and in the future.” “This is the information single women and men have been waiting for.” “A truly engaging seminar. You are obviously an expert on the topic. Your knowledge, compassion, sensitivity and forthrightness was spiced with humour to create a clean and practical approach to relationship success.” “Attending your seminar has truly been an inspiration. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TRAINER!”

    Host: Should I set up a safety phone call during a date?

    Gloria MacDonald: Lots of people set up that kind of safety phone call, so they have a friend call them 20 minutes into the meeting time so that you can kind of; say Oh, gee, an emergency. I have to run. We are all adults and most people can see through that.

    So I recommend that you dont have that safety phone call. Well, thats one of the reasons why frankly, you shouldnt make it a big, long dinner. The first time you are meeting somebody, do something so that you dont have to commit more than, say 45 minutes to this.

    You dont have to have coffee or a drink with somebody for more than 45 minutes but again, you should be able to at least honor yourself and the other person enough to be able to carry on a conversation for 45 minutes. You know what, if it is tough, then great. This is a perfect opportunity for you to practice your conversation skills and get out there and learn how to keep a conversation going. Ask more questions and volunteer some information.

    So if its difficult, force yourself to use this as a practice opportunity but its a bit rude to have that safety phone call and we should learn enough manners so that we can graciously say, It was pleasant to meet you and I have to get going. So can the safety phone call.