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My Adventures in Speed Dating

Three personas, three events. The experiment begins.

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My Adventures in Speed Dating

Speed Dating: Tips

If you’ve never been to a Speed Dating event before, here are a few tips to make your experience more rewarding (literally!)

1. Come prepared. Bring a notepad and make notes on everyone that you like. Frantically scribble down everything you can remember as soon as they stand up – before the next ‘date’, otherwise you’ll likely forget the details, or confuse them with the next date, if you wait. Don’t lose this sheet. Use these notes as a reference when you get the emails pouring in over the next couple of days.

2.  Know what you want. Before you leave the house, think about what you need in a mate. Think about what you’re looking for. Then write down five questions to discover the basics. For example: Where do you live? What do you do for a living? Do you enjoy it? What are your hobbies? Do you like Opera? Do you travel/read/play sports much?

3. Be original. Since pretty much everyone asks the same questions, you’ll have better results and be more memorable if you’re original. Think of an unusual question or a joke you can tell to make people laugh. Believe me, it’ll help break the ice and you’ll end up being the most memorable girl (or guy) there!

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 101 Comments

  1. Cindy Hulsey

    I used dating agencies in the past. The worst thing I have ever done. All I can say is, I’ve regretted ever since and never again. Unfortunately, I am not particularly good looking and hate mirrors.

  2. Connie Collier

    So what if every guy will be asking hypothetical questions?? I’m going speed dating next week for the very first time. And I am having the awkward feeling that I am just going to simply crash and burn, LOL. perhaps I can use these tips to my advantage.

  3. David Terry

    The problem with me is I am not a picky man, I got rejected more than 50% of the time. And when I look around in the city, I see girls hanging around with muscular, dark-skinned guys. Men that are little less good-looking are outdone apparently.

  4. Ora Lambert

    As a still single, busy Mom with a hectic lifestyle, I actually like the concept of speed dating. Being able to go on several mini dates in one evening. Let’s face it dating is exhausting, so if I can meer an array of men in one night, I’m all for it! 😉

  5. I love meeting new people and although I wasn’t in the market to find anyone I can definitely see its appeal. I met 20 lovely and very different guys and it’s something I’ve never done ticked off my bucket list. If you’re feeling shy about it, I’d advise going with the girls as I did, that way it’s a fun night out to share together.

  6. People who go on speed dating always question: How much you can find out from a person in 4 minutes?, but I beg to differ. I like to believe I’m a good judge of character and I know straight away if there’s vibe there or if they’re a good person. 😉

  7. Nancy Garrett

    This sounds great. I always wondered about speed dating and how that experience would pan out. It always reminds me of the movie, The 40 year old Virgin meeting all these different kind of people, and having that experience give you a lot of writing material.

  8. Alice Wood

    So why did I decide to sign up for speed dating? I had a few reasons actually, the first was curiosity after reading your article. You really never know what might happen when you are meeting 10 new people over the course of an hour. The second reason was that I have never tried it and I want to experience a bit of everything this year (Hilary should add this to her bucket list article!). The third reason was that part of me hoped that I might make another friend or two with similar interests. In case I don’t meet the man of my dreams at this type of an event, that doesn’t mean that I won’t find new people to hang out with in town. My last reason was because I want an excuse to get dressed up and finally have a date! So I signed up and wanted to thank you and encourage others to do the same! 😆

  9. Rita Taylor

    Meeting someone for the first time and making a good first impression can seem challenging at the best of times. Human being can be very judgemental, judging each other’s appearances, career choices, financial status, social graces, intelligence,humour,- the list goes on and on. Be open minded. 😉

    • So true! But it’s important not to worry about their judgement. It’s about them, not you. Remember that! 💖

  10. Charlene George

    Remember to dress up. Yes, speed dating is a group event but it doesn’t mean that it’s not an actual date. Your clothes should make you feel like you’re the hottest person in the singles market because if you are wearing something that makes you feel attractive, you will naturally exude confidence. Others will recognize it and will find your confidence attractive.

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