Perhaps one of the most important factors in the success of a date is the conversation that occurs during it. Failing to have a good conversation is just as bad as picking the wrong place or displaying bad manners. While body language is crucially important, the things you say and how you say them should never be ignored.
If you are like many people, you may be nervous on a date, and you may not know what to say to your partner. To create a good conversation, you will want to focus on the interest of your partner. You will want to avoid focusing on yourself unless your partner desires this as a topic of discussion. Many people, especially women, greatly enjoy talking about their friends.
You will want to ask them basic questions about their circle of friends and how they met. One of the best things to ask your partner is what they like to do when they are not working. This question is critically important, because it will allow you to determine if the two of you are interested in the same things. If you find that you are not interested in any of the things that interest them, this may be a sign that they are not compatible with you. It is hard to build a strong relationship if the person you are dating does not share the same interests. It is important to ask them about their hobbies as well.
Another great topic of conversation is siblings. Ask your date if they have any brothers or sisters. More often than not, your date will be more than happy to talk about them, and they will hopefully have good things to say about them. Another great topic of conversation is travel. Many people love to travel, even those who haven't really been anywhere. You could strike up a good conversation about places you'd be interested in traveling to, and your date could tell you about places they would like to visit as well.
As always, there are a number of things you will want to avoid discussing, especially on the first date.The most obvious is sex. Bringing up this topic on the first date may very well kill it. You should never bring it up unless your partner talks about it first, and if you don't feel comfortable talking about it, you should inform them of this. You will also want to avoid talking about any weaknesses or insecurities you may have.