If you don't like multitasking and you're not a fan of improv, first dates probably aren't your favorite activity. You want to put your best foot forward, but still totally be your authentic self. At the same time, you want to make the other person feel comfortable by showing interest in them but steer clear of interrogation territory. And all the while, you want to keep an eye out for any potential red flags so you can cut your losses before you get too invested.
It's. A. Lot. So, rather than letting a jumble of "what ifs" run rampant in your nervous brain, we've outlined the five most common ways we can unintentionally send a date in a tricky direction, and the easy shifts that'll help your meet-cute stay, well, cute.