Everyone knows that first impressions matter. But knowing isn’t enough. Are we saying and doing everything that we can to showcase ourselves in the best light possible, when we’re hoping to meet someone new, whether for fun or something more serious? Perhaps you are someone guilty of many of these common mistakes and need a dose of reality to help break the cycle. If you’re one who just wants to be cautious against making such faux pas, then this is for you too. Honestly, this list could have been 20 entries long. Maybe more. What you will read here can be applied to all social outlets, not just bars. Please note, that although a man and a woman are featured in some of the scenarios to demonstrate each point, these are great guidelines for all sexual identities and all sexual orientations.