The objective of dating is to establish a connection, and the best way to establish a connection is through authentic rapport. Successful dating starts with successful conversations which can be sustained by placing full attention on the person in front of you. In fact, you can also use these tips in any scenario involving getting to know someone better:

Convey humility when meeting new people.
No one wants to hear about your personal and professional conquests upon initial introduction.

However resist the urge to boast. Even if your accomplishments include running up Mt. Everest without crampons or landing a deal with Donald Trump, defer this information.

Let the present moment revolve around your acquaintance. By focusing on the other person you are exhibiting interest, understanding, and genuine concern for whom you're speaking to.

Assert yourself; dazzle them with compelling questions! You will be amazed by how quickly rapport is established and dating compatibility is calculated.

Remember, the best time to talk about yourself is when you are asked direct questions. When presented with the opportunity, modestly promote yourself and your life, but know when to reel it in. Always be prepared to ask appropriate personal and professional questions, as well as answer these types of questions in return. And refrain from lying or exaggerating, as the truth will always find its way to the surface.

via YourTango