How to End a Bad Date

If your date turns out to be everything you never wanted and more, follow these tips to end your outing effectively and tactfully.

You will need

  • A first-date policy
  • Grace
  • Tact
  • Honesty

Step 1 Have a policy Have a dating policy. Meeting for a weekday lunch will provide a limited time frame and a safe, public location.

Step 2 Be graceful Be graceful and keep up your end of the conversation, even if sparks aren’t flying.

Step 3 Remain tactful Remain tactful. Express disappointment without negativity. Say, ‘I’m having a good time but I was hoping we’d have more chemistry.’ If your date seems nervous and awkward, tell them you’re feeling the same way and suggest ending the date.

Step 4 Be honest Be honest at the end of a bad date and say why you don’t want to go out again. For instance, ‘You’re nice but we don’t have a lot in common.’ Or, ‘You have interesting things to say but the conversation was more one-sided than I like.’

Step 5 Get up and leave Get up and leave if a date is touchy-feely, rude, abusive, or drunk.