Focus on the woman across the table from you and listen to what she has to say.
Initiative doesn't mean ordering for a woman at a restaurant or ordering a woman around! It does mean confidently approaching your date with ideas, passion and interest. It also means you can be flirty and forward, letting her know how amazing you think she looks or how much you want to kiss her.
Remember, communication is usually the way to go with a woman.
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