If you changed your mind about a date or life has gotten in the way of your date, follow these steps on how to cancel your date at the last minute.
If you want to be asked out again be sure to call as soon as possible. If your date has already arrived and is waiting for you it will be hard for them to forgive you. They didn't drive all the way there to have you cancel on them. Be prepared for them to be frustrated with you for not showing up. If you have to, blame it on another actual circumstance: a meeting you were not told about or you have to make the deadline for an important assignment. Honesty is important so try to tell the truth because a lie usually just leads to another one, which is not a great way to start the relationship. If you want to go out with them then suggest an alternative date. If they seem disappointed then be sure to make it up to them. A great way to make it up to them is by sending flowers or a card. On the next date be thoughtful if you want to make up for the last one.
If you decide you do not want to go on this date follow these instructions. It is always easier to cancel on the phone than it is in person. Blame the cancellation on something that is believable. For example, you are really busy at work and do not have time to date. It is OK tell a lie to get out of the situation. If you have to say you are seeing someone else or you are not ready to date anyone just yet. Be sure to give her/him the message that you are not interested. The last thing you want to do is give her/him false hope. Keep the conversation short and don't apologize for not wanting to go out on a date. If they don't answer then leave a voice mail. This completely avoids having to make any small talk.
Whether you are canceling due to something unexpected that came up or you just don't want to go on the date, these steps should get you out of it. Just be sure to keep all your stories realistic and if you don't want to go on the date then do not sound even vaguely interested in them.