Ten Minutes to Lift Off

The final ten minutes while you wait for your date can either resemble a tornado or the calm eye of a hurricane. It's up to you. Again, advance planning is the significant factor. Table 11-2 shows you how to gracefully straddle the fine line between getting ready and being ready in ten minutes flat.

Table 11-2

Countdown to Date Time

Time Remaining

What to Do

10 minutes

Scan your reflection in a full-length mirror. Check

for hanging threads, lint, and cat hair. Note: If you

see a thread dangling from a button, don't pull the

thread. It'll fall off as sure as leaves vacate trees in

autumn. Instead, wrap the thread around the

button and make a mental note to sew it on before

date two.

Important: Don't panic if a button, hem, seam, or

anything else lets loose. See the section "Putting

together an emergency repair kit," earlier in this

chapter.

9 minutes

Use the restroom. If you don't have to go now, you

probably will in ten minutes, so give it a shot.

8 minutes

Double-check your purse or wallet. Make sure you

have your driver's license, cash, credit cards, lip

stick, tissues, keys, and breath mints. Stash your

purse near the door and your wallet near your

heart.

7 minutes

Give your shoes a quick buff with a shoe shine

brush or soft cloth (not the back of your pants —

that's for emergencies only).

Time Remaining

What to Do

6 minutes

If you're going to wear an overcoat or jacket, take

it out of the closet and drape it over a chair near

the door. It's rarely wise to let a date see behind

any closed doors until you at least know the

person's middle name.

5 minutes

Grab a hand mirror and check out the back of your

head. Make sure your hair looks as good going as

coming.

4 minutes

Quick tooth check. Lipstick? Dried spittle in the

corners of your mouth? Parsley? Chocolate? Take

care of it immediately.

3 minutes

Quick breath check. Because no one can smell his

or her own bad breath, play it safe and pop one of

those breath mints you've stashed in your purse or

pocket.

2 minutes

Deep breathing. Shut your eyes, inhale, hold, blow

it out through your minty-fresh mouth. Repeat for

the full minute.

1 minute

Guided imagery. Close your eyes again and picture

a calm person answering the door with an easy,

inviting smile. (You can find more details about

controlling your stress in Chapter 12.)

Now, the only thing left between you and your successful date is the door. But before the door opens, take a few moments to open an interior door to yourself, explained in Chapter 12.

Now, the only thing left between you and your successful date is the door. But before the door opens, take a few moments to open an interior door to yourself, explained in Chapter 12.

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