Master Matchmaker Steve Ward’s 5 tips for having a great date

The dating disaster is a shared experience in all dating. Almost all people have a story of a date-gone-wrong that they can look bad on and (hopefully) smile, grateful that they are no longer in the situation. Even before online dating, dating apps and cat-fishing existed, there were bad, bad dates. This is an area in which we can help all daters, not just those who have dipped their toe into the online dating pool. Love Lab’s founder - and host & executive producer of VH1’s Tough Love - Steve Ward has shared his tips on how to do your best to avoid dating disasters. 

  1. Be yourself. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to dating. Telling “little white lies” or trying to be someone you're not will only end in disaster. Be truthful in your profile, and you'll be sure to attract guys who want to get to know who you really are.
  2. Start light. Go somewhere casual first, like out for coffee, so you haven't committed an entire night (and night's worth of cash) to someone who isn't a great fit. And make sure you arrive separately so you aren’t stuck on a bad date all night. 
  3. Make safe bets. Try to be open on your date, but don’t avoid the red flags that might pop up.
  4. Be in-the-now. Your dates don't want to hear about all of your exes - they want to get to know you. Give them your undivided attention. Focus on getting to know one another, and you'll begin to create your own memories.
  5. Know your date. Do a bit of research to make sure that your date is being honest with you. Don’t be afraid to look your date up on Facebook or Twitter, because we can almost guarantee your date has done a bit of research on you. Insider Tip: Use Love Lab! Love Lab is the only way to verify your dates before you meet in real life. Learn more about the app here -->