What is speed dating?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Gloria MacDonald explains the speed dating process.

    Gloria MacDonald

    Gloria MacDonald is the founder and President of Perfect Partners, The Personal Relationship Executive Search Firm, a highly successful, personalized matchmaking service. Gloria has interviewed hundreds and hundreds of single men and women and has introduced over 1500 couples. She is an expert in the field of dating and relationships, having appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. She’s the co-author of the highly acclaimed book Laws of the Jungle: Dating for Women Over 40. She believes, and has seen through her work, that there is a perfect partner for anyone of us who truly desires to find that relationship, believes they can have it, and are willing to accept it. Gloria is an engaging and dynamic speaker and trainer who changes lives. Testimonials from people who have attended Gloria’s seminars: “Gloria uses her exceptional knowledge of real world dating and her unique and exciting style to inspire women to not give up. Truly a wonderful presenter. I would highly recommend anything she does now and in the future.” “This is the information single women and men have been waiting for.” “A truly engaging seminar. You are obviously an expert on the topic. Your knowledge, compassion, sensitivity and forthrightness was spiced with humour to create a clean and practical approach to relationship success.” “Attending your seminar has truly been an inspiration. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TRAINER!”

    Host: What is speed dating?

    Gloria MacDonald: Speed dating is another thing you might want to think about doing if you are trying to get out there and meet people. Again, with speed dating you really need to look in to how the events are planned in especially, when it comes to age range. Normally speaking, these tend to cater to the 35 and under crowd. It seems like its more difficult to find speed dating events that are for over the 35-40 and especially, over 40 crowd. So make sure you know how the speed dating event is organized and coordinated because again, if you are 60 years old, you dont want to be speed dating with 20 year olds and vice-versa. So one of the pros for speed dating is normally speaking, the organizers work really hard in getting equal numbers of men and women. But ask that question, understand what it is that the event coordinators are doing. Are they getting equal numbers of men and women? Do they guarantee that? With speed dating, generally speaking, women sit at tables and each woman is sitting at a table for two and men move. So each woman has a number and each man has a number and a man sits down across the table from a woman and you get three minutes, sometimes five minutes, but it tends to be really quite short periods of time. They ring a bell, they say, Go and then for three minutes the men and women get to talk to one another and at the end of the three minutes, they say, Stop and you write down whether or not you are interested in seeing that person again. Then, the men move to the next table and you repeat the whole process and then at the end of the evening, you get matched with. If you say, you liked man number one and man number one said he liked you, then the company will exchange names and contact information for those people only.

    Relatively low cost. In terms of personal safety and security there normally, isnt any screening done by the companies ahead of time. So you are in a public place with a large group of people, so thats, fine but again, if you are going to meet somebody a second time after the speed dating, just always really be intelligent, be sensible. Meet people in the public place. You dont know this person after having spent three to five minutes with them.

    So be cautious and use your best sense of judgment and wisdom, but get out there and do everything you can possibly do to meet people and speed dating is another great way to do it.