How to organise a speed dating event
The day it was posted online was the day it sold out for women. Then I personally e-mailed them (after reinstating my own account—on my dime) and discussed the opportunity with each.
I spent more time researching dates for these women than I ever did for myself. In the 24 hours before the event, I was out four, almost five, women.
Three others cited sickness and a work obligation, and one was a no-show. When I consider why the concept attracted me so, and look back at the several men I met and dated—briefly—while serving as EO, it becomes clearer.
This is when life takes a funny (in hindsight) turn, leaving me with too many men. And although the men were as friendly and talkative as I had hoped they would be, the majority of them thought it appropriate to tell their dates that they were attending for free. Let me tell you, the women had a hard time seeing my side of this story. I was a fan of the eight-minute date because that is what worked for me.
Figure out ahead of time which 10 people will be staying put (at tables, or on couches, etc.) and which 10 will be switching chairs, to make the process more effective.
Let your guests know how long they'll have to talk during each session, and use a timer to organize each "date." Traditionally, each speed date is seven minutes long, with time to mingle as a crowd afterward.
Curate your guest list carefully, keeping an even gender split and remaining mindful of guests’ sexuality.
If you show up expecting a freak show, you will meet a sideshow act.Pita bread and hummus, bruschetta, or basic cheese and crackers are all good options. Speed dating events are fairly common now, but you have the chance to make yours stand out.