Dear Over 40 Dating Coach,
I need to start getting out there again. I am divorced, 54 and have been unemployed for 18 months. I haven’t spent much time looking to date since I’ve been focusing on the job hunt. But I’m ready to start doing something. What would be a good first outing?
Ready to Start
Where to start? Good question! A lot of my over 40 dating coaching clients ask me this same question.
Much depends on your attitude and outlook. And where you live determines what type of events are available.
Another question is do you have a friend to go with? A dating buddy can make things easier at first. But it’s not a requirement and you can go alone – I did!
But, without more info, I’d recommend a singles dances. They are usually low cost and certainly low risk. And if you like to dance – potentially fun! Singles dances don’t require any commitment – you just show up and dance when asked. Very simple.
But here’s where the attitude comes in…
To make the most of the event, here are some tips that will make all the difference. These tips are all about your attitude at the dance and how you interact with men.
1. Stand at the edge of the dance floor with a smile, tap your foot and look ready to go. Don’t cling to your girlfriends. Walk around or stand near the dance floor by yourself part of the time to make it easy for men to approach you.
2. Say “Yes” to as many men as possible. Other men are watching how you respond and who you reject before they approach you. Men don’t like to be rejected so they look for women who seem low risk and friendly. So be nice!
3. Don’t expect to meet the man of your dreams – just appreciate meeting new people. This is a great opportunity to get used to the singles scene again and get your feet wet at a low pressure event.
The more experience you have, the more comfortable you’ll be maneuvering at singles events. Being comfortable signals confidence which is a very attractive quality to both men and women.
4. Be as friendly as possible to everyone you meet – you never know who those people might know! I met my husband because I was nice when I met his sister. She liked me enough to suggest a blind date with her brother!
Everyone there might have a son, nephew, brother, colleague, neighbor, uncle, father, etc. who they could introduce you to.
5. If you danced a few times – think of it as a good night and be willing to go again! Someone new will attend each event so give things more than one attempt before you cross it off your “dance card.”
Personally, I dated three guys who I met at singles dances. And yet, before I got out there on my dating journey with the right attitude – I hated dances! No one ever asked me to dance and I rarely met anyone.
Why is that? Because I stood against the wall with my girlfriends and complained the whole night. Not very attractive . Plus, I didn’t make it easy for the men to approach me since I was rarely alone.
Attitude and outlook are everything on the singles scene. Smile, be friendly and decide that you are open to meeting new people. Then, let it go and see what happens. Deny your preconceived notions and just be willing to go with the flow. This is the recipe for enjoying singles dances.
Wishing you love,
Ronnie Ann Ryan – The Over 40 Dating Coach
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