Speed dating is a relatively new concept, but one which is catching on. With only a few minutes to introduce yourself to someone, you need to make the best first impression ever. It's not only fun to go to a speed dating event. It's also fun to organize them! Whether you want to organize a huge speed dating event with 50 people or just a smaller more casual one with your friends, you'll still find it rewarding.
Choose where you want to host your speed dating event. You need this first: it's impossible to organize an event without knowing how much space you'll have and how much a location would (or wouldn't) cost. Neutral locations always work better than someone's home (for safety and security reasons).
Determine how many people you wish to include in the event. A good beginning size for a speed dating event is 12: 6 men and 6 women. This keeps the logistics simpler and makes it easier to track the paperwork at the end.
Establish the ground rules ahead of time. Limit each couple to an exact time frame (no more than 6 to 8 minutes) and be strict about moving guests from one person to the next.
Invite more women to the event than men. This may seem counter-intuitive, but more men actually show up at speed dating events, so overbooking women may not be a bad idea to ensure you actually end up with an even set.
Lay some ground rules for your speed dating event. Before you begin matching up couples, explain to everyone what they can and cannot ask. For example, a good general rule is to prohibit guests from asking for one another's contact information. It's also a good idea to recommend guests only give out their first name.
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- Get some help to keep the speed dating event moving. Have someone assist in keeping time, collecting ballots and just answering questions throughout the event.
- Don't get pushy or be abrupt with people at a speed dating event. The danger here is that people will get so enthusiastic about wanting to know more about someone that they will ask inappropriate questions or simply overstep the boundaries. Play fair, be nice and just be yourself.