The beginning of a relationship is when you want to put your best foot forward, and sometimes that means attempting to woo her with your various know-hows. She truly will be impressed by some things—like the passion you have for your work, how kids always love you and your ability to grill the perfect ribeye. On the other hand, here are a few “talents” that aren’t going to get you very far.

1. Playing the guitar.
Guys seem to be under the impression that women want nothing more than for them to pick up an acoustic guitar and sing to us. The truth is, unless you’re Harry Styles, it’s probably just going to embarrass her. Is she supposed to sit there and smile at you for the entire duration of the song? What about when you mess up a chord? Does she pretend like she didn’t notice? It’s all very awkward.

2. Driving fast.
She gets it, you’ve seen all The Fast and the Furious movies. The thing is, she doesn’t want to die in the front seat of your Honda Civic. She’s not impressed by your handbrake turns or Tokyo drifts. Here’s an idea: Just drive her to the restaurant going the speed limit.

3. Working out often.
She’ll probably love that you take care of your body and work out at the gym. What she won’t love is listening to you drone on about how much you can lift and which protein powders work the best. If you’ve only heard the sound of your own voice for the last 15 minutes bragging about “leg day,” you might want to move on to a different topic.

4. Quoting movies.
Sharing laughs over a few funny movie quotes is always a good way to find common ground. But some guys seem to think that the more movie references, the better. She’s not impressed by the fact that you’ve memorized Anchor Man. We want to see your own sense of humor, not Will Ferrell’s.

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