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I’ve been a dating writer for for the past three years, but before that I served as Editor here at, where my job consisted of going to a lot of parties and dragging a lot of friends/dates/acquantances with me. It turns out, what makes an excellent Plus One isn’t so different from what makes a great date: attentiveness, a tolerance for small talk, and the ability to diffuse -- or at least, survive -- potential moments of awkwardness. Here are some tips on how to be the perfect guest of a guest (and they’ll make you a pretty great date, too).

**Chiara Atik is a former editor of Guest of a Guest, and the author of Modern Dating: A Field Guide, available in stores now.