Get the most out of speed dating to unlock a wealth of opportunity. Meet likeminded people in your age bracket and make a great first impression with our expert tips, curated from years of experience.
Are you sick of struggling to find eligible singles in your area and wanting to try something new? If so, you should give speed dating a whirl. In this article, we’ll let you know the things you should – and shouldn’t – be doing, to make a match.
How to get the most out of Speed Dating
It’s not unusual for professionals living a hectic lifestyle to be missing the opportunities to meet someone. Even when you do find time for a night out, it might be that the locals on the booze just aren’t your cup of tea! Or are you just tired of being set up on long–winded pointless dates with your friend’s colleagues? Your frustration is completely normal, wanting to give up on finding love at all is just all too familiar.
Give up the awkward dates and pointless nights out, and take a seat at Speed Dating in the UK. You’ll meet more singles, faster and know exactly where you stand soon after the dates. It’s the perfect solution for busy people.
Why you should try Speed Dating
Speed Dating gives you the opportunity to date 10+ people in a safe and controlled environment. The friendly hosts will show you to your tables, and you will date each person for 4 minutes, allowing you to leave your date with a little teaser – why wouldn’t you want to leave them wanting more?
The matching process will be accessed the following morning. So how do you think you could get the most out of your next Speed Dating event? Our experts have some great tips to get your confidence oozing at your next Speed Dating occasion.
Speed Dating skills
You may not think of speed dating as being a ‘skill’, but there are some useful habits to form and ways you can develop your chances of success on the night. Some of these are relevant, regardless of the type of dating you’re doing, others are specific to speed dating.
So how can you win at speed dating and find the perfect match?
Our top tips for getting the most out of speed dating
Perhaps you’ve tried speed dating already and it hasn’t gone as well as you’d hoped. Or you’re about to do it for the first time and need some advice. Either way, we can help you feel ready and raring to go. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of the night.
1. Dress to impress
First impressions count! Dress as you would for a normal date, whether that be out for dinner of a drink. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to impress 10+ people! Wear something flattering that will show off your personality, while being classy too. Many of our venues are smart and elegant, so clothe yourself in line with the venue’s ambience.
Ladies don’t be afraid to whip out your best heels, and men dress smart! All ladies love a sharp–looking gentleman.
2. Smile and act confident
No-one likes dating someone who acts like they don’t want to be there! Show off your positive attitude and look excited to be there… this will go a long way for your date. The great news is, you don’t have to be feeling it, to do it. You might be nervous but you can still throw on a smile. This has the added benefit of giving the impression of confidence – and confidence is sexy. Sit up straight – don’t slouch – and smile. After a couple of drinks, you will feel relaxed and this will all come naturally, we’re sure of it!
3. Plan ahead
Don’t sabotage your night before you get there by arriving late. You only have a few minutes per person, you don’t want to miss any of them. You might not be allowed to join in and it won’t make a good impression on the other attendees. Avoid being late by planning your journey. Work out what you’ll wear and some questions to start the conversation too.
4. Be honest
Don’t be tempted to elaborate on the truth when you’re chatting to the other attendees. If it goes well, the idea is you move onto further dates, one on one. So any white lies will catch you out in the long wrong and give you a dishonest reputation. Be yourself – you are enough as you are, and there’s someone out there who’ll pick you, for you.
5. Go to multiple events
While each night will give you the chance to cram a lot of dates into a short space and time, the numbers at each event are limited. It might be that you need to keep doing it for a while to meet the right person. Think of your first couple as a warm-up, especially if you’re nervous. It might well take a few events to strike it lucky with a fantastic match.
6. Keep an open mind
Having a fixed idea of who you want to meet will only hinder you. Many people end up dating people who didn’t tick all the boxes they had in mind. Let life surprise you and stay open to people with different looks, jobs and interests to your image of who you want to be with. It’s fine to have deal-breakers, just not a very long list of specific attributes – you’ll miss out otherwise
7. Remember to have fun
Speed Dating in London, or another town or city, is a great opportunity to meet people, so try and stay relaxed. Don’t come to the venue thinking that you will find the love of your life. Instead, you should come with a positive mindset, but one that wants to meet a variety of people – new friendships included! Yes, finding love may wind up being the end result, but whether it happens or not, you’re sure to have a good time if you’re in the right frame of mind.
Are you convinced to give speed dating a go yet? If so, what are you waiting for? Book now onto one of our upcoming speed dating events today.
Employ these tips and you’re sure to get the most out of your experience.
- What are the rules of speed dating?
Book ahead, arrive on-time, follow the host’s instructions (you’ll either need to move when a bell rings, or stay seated, they’ll let you know), be respectful of others, polite, non-offensive and use appropriate language. Don’t ask if they liked you, they’ll pass this info directly to the organiser.
- What do you say during speed dating?
It’s up to you, but we recommend coming prepared with at least three questions. These should act as ice-breakers and help the conversation flow – so pick open, rather than closed, dead-end questions. Have a think about how you might respond to common questions too.
- How do you stand out at speed dating?
If there’s a flicker of attraction, you’ll likely stand out naturally to someone you click with. But you can aid nature by wearing something unique or with a splash of colour, smiling and presenting a confident persona.