When you find a match that you mesh with then an important next step is video dating. Remember, this is your chance to make a good first impression so you want to do this right! To that effect, we’ve got some important tips for video dating that can help you to ensure that your date is a smashing success.

Let’s take a look at how to prepare for your first video dating experience with that special someone!

Test out your sound and lighting in advance

Online dating is much easier with a little preparation and one of the most important factors is going to be the lighting and sound for your video date. Test your camera and microphone in advance by bringing them up and making a test video of yourself that you can playback and analyze.

Make sure that the lighting isn’t too dim or blinding and that your sound quality is crisp and clear. If you don’t, then you might just connect to someone and end up spending 10 – 15-minutes adjusting settings and restarting your video date over and over – and your date might just decide that it isn’t worth the trouble!

Cultivate your background

Your background is important. A messy, disorganized background sends the message that you don’t care much about the date, so be sure to clean it up and organize just a little so that you don’t make a bad impression from the get-go.

Next, USE your background to tell your date a little about yourself and to provide conversation points. Put up books and items that relate to your interests. Don’t overdo it, just be sure that there are a few items in the background that help to give your date a hint about who you really are.

It looks great and if your date has some of the same interests or is simply curious about yours, then it can provide additional conversation that helps the two of you to get closer.

Dress up a little… and dress fully

Dress up the way that you would for a physical date. While it’s tempting to just be casual since you are at home, you really want to look your best if you want to get someone’s attention. So, unless it’s really important for you to communicate to them that you always dress casually, try dressing up nicely so that they can see you at your best.

While we’re on the subject of dressing we should mention that even though the camera isn’t going to show it, if you dress up the top half of your body but you’re wearing silly shorts for comfort then you’d better be careful. You might forget and get up or simply adjust the camera and then have to explain yourself.

Put on some nice pants or slacks… you’re on a date, after all!

Be prepared: You never know if this person might be the ONE

Today we’ve talked about how to prepare for your first video dating and provided you with the top 3 considerations. First off, test out your sound and lighting… you can’t win their heart if they can’t see or hear you.

Next, clean up your background and use it to your advantage. You can say a lot with what you put behind you, so don’t waste this chance to do so. Finally, dress up a little, because video dating is dating. It’s in the name, after all! Use these tips to ‘get your foot in the door’ and you are off to a good start.

Where you go from there is going to be all up to you!