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common first date mistakes communicationCommunication is the foundation of all close relationships and will either make or break most couples over the long term. This is no less the case at the beginning of a relationship. A second date hinges on the first; we use it assess whether we enjoy talking and spending time with this new person, at least enough to see them again. This relies heavily on communication.

Even if you’re highly compatible with someone on paper, actually uncovering that deeper connection depends on your ability to communicate it. The biggest myth about communication is that, if you’re talking, you’re automatically communicating, but there’s actually a bit more to it than that. Effective communication requires regular practice and a conscious effort to be a good speaker and a good listener. This also includes a better awareness of our own communication mistakes that may prevent a potential partner from feeling that spark.

Is your communication getting in the way of a second date (or your marriage)? Click here to learn more about 5 common communication pitfalls to avoid!