Ways to make our first date memorable

Meeting with a new companion is exciting and with the right ingredients can lead to a wonderful long-term friendship. We know that from your perspective it can also quite be daunting. After spending weeks or even months of following our lives on social media, a sense of anticipation and perhaps intimidation begins to build. What if you're not attractive enough, experienced enough, rich enough? The good news is that being universally handsome, filthy rich and a perfect lover doesn't necessarily make you a dream client - being kind, generous and having a great sense of humour does.

I've experienced some truly memorable first dates with new clients, but admittedly a handful have been memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Here are some tips to ensure your first date is one of the good ones.

Send a gift before we meet

There is literally no better way to create anticipation my end than to send me a thoughtful gift. I've likely been lusting over some lingerie, clothing or art on my Instagram, sending me a gift voucher to purchase it instantly puts you up there in the dreamy client category. It not only shows me that you're generous (big tick) it also shows you pay attention to my interests and want to become part of it.

If you live overseas or can only commit to seeing a companion a couple of times a year this is also a wonderful way to maintain a relationship during the months we don't see each other. Seeing a companion is an expensive luxury. It's understandable if you can't do that all the time, but a thoughtful gift every now and then goes a long way to maintain the friendship for when we finally reunite.