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No more awkward silences!

Disheartened by a string of first dates gone wrong, I sought answers straight from the source: eligible men. I grilled male friends, exes and even one of those disastrous dates (see # 3) to find out which first date topics to ditch and how to make it to round two on your road to dating bliss.

1. Your Ex.

This is commonsense (or should be.)  But I admit, it’s hard to resist — especially when baited with, “so, how long have you been single?” (Guys, stop asking us or prepare for a walk down our road of relationships past.) Conversing about past relationships (good or bad) shifts the focus on your past and away from your current connection.  Besides, droning on about an ex’s faults does nothing but clue your date in on your questionable taste.

2. High Maintenance Name Dropping. 

The men interviewed suggested that nothing screams “ high maintenance” like bringing along Prada and Armani to your table for two. Men notice these hints at your high end taste and as one male friend indicated, “there is nothing duller than discussing a date’s latest trip to the mall.”

3. Feminism.

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