Initial meeting preparation tricks
- Call everyone via a forwarding number (for example Google Voice) so you can either dispose of the number or use blocking features usually available with such services.
- Where to meet? I aim for a location that's halfway between myself and my date where there's a Plan B in case it's obviously not going well (so it wasn't a wasted drive). I frequently go to a coffee place that's next to a store I really like. However, it's important to make sure you meet somewhere you don't usually go so there's no chance you'll meet again accidentally.
- If your date puts off meeting more than once (or is otherwise flaky), request meeting somewhere really convenient for you.