How to Respond When Someone Cancels a Date | Golden Rules Gal

Aug, 10, 2021

Going on a date is like planning a vacation: it’s half the fun! That’s why when your date cancels, it’s normal to be disappointed, but like everything in life, disappointment should be handled with grace. There could be more than one reason for a postponement, so take it at face value without overthinking the why. How you respond is key:  “I understand, and I’m sorry that you won’t be able to make it,” may mean the difference of whether or not you will be asked out again. We live in a world of ghosting, so the fact that he took the time to let you know is what counts. However, if he repeatedly cancels, especially at the 11th hour, your intuition shouldn’t be ignored.  Always consider the timing (4 days vs. 4 hours) is legitimate and the tone of the message.  There’s a big difference between “I can’t make it tonight vs. I’m sorry I can’t make it due to a work conflict.” Credibility and clarity count.

3 Ways To Respond To A Canceled Date
  1. I was really looking forward to getting together.
  2. I hope everything is ok?
  3. It sounds like you have a lot going, but I hope we can reschedule soon?
3 Ways To Respond To Someone Who Repeatedly Cancels
  1. Too bad, I was really looking forward to seeing you.
  2. I appreciate you letting me know, but in the future, a little more notice would’ve been nice so that I could have made other plans.
  3. Not a problem, I was offered tickets to a concert that I really wanted to see.
You Know He’s Just Not That Into You When…
  1. He cancels at the last minute.
  2. He cancels repeatedly.
  3. He cancels but does not suggest another date.
  4. He’s hot, cold, and unreliable.
  5. He hasn’t introduced you to friends or family.
  6. He can’t commit to even a date!

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