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Published January 29th 2012
There is never a shortage of people wanting to meet others. However in such a 'time poor society' if there is a 'quick way' of doing this, it has to be a 'benefit'. You could spend a couple of hours with one person each time getting to know them or you could spend a couple of hours meeting up to 15 people making 'six minute' decisions along the way about each person. This pretty much sums up the options for choosing 'speed dating' over 'traditional' dating.
Who and how? As with most of these types of 'meeting site' you need to register your details and be contactable. If we take a look at the services at Brisbane Speed Dating , according to their website this particular dating service seems to generally attract singles in the 20-35 age bracket. If you are in the "more mature age group" and looking for the same service, scroll down the page past this section to Blink Dating and beyond.
How does it work?
With Brisbane Speed Dating, during the course of a couple of hours they make arrangements for you to meet around 15 other people of similar age. They do this by selecting around 15 guys and 15 girls and pairing them up at individual tables. Your time limit? "Six minutes and a bell will ring" officially ending your date before moving on to the next. Before you finish you complete a 'score card' with a "yes" or a "no" as to whether you are interested in seeing this person again. You hand this score card back to the "host' at the end of the evening where they check for any 'matches'. A match is where, you have scored a "yes" from the same person that you rated with a "yes".
Brisbane Speed Dating's claims are, to "take your details and email you weekly with all of their upcoming Speed Dating Events". Sounds easy so if this is a service you are looking for it's a 'simple and easy place to start'.
Lets take a look at another service. Blink Dating.This service covers more than Brisbane, including the cities of Adelaide, Sydney and Perth. Click on your location city, in this case Brisbane and it will list the 'speed dating events' for the month. The general age range here seems to be 27-45 years and they operate with a similar system, however with a maximum of 12 people in the 'dating group' as opposed to 15 as for Brisbane Speed Dating. Oh, but they have a 'guarantee' and that is, "if you don't select anyone you would like to see again, your next date is FREE".
Fast Match, is on it's way to Brisbane. Another 'speed dating site' currently operating in Sydney and Melbourne, is promising to arrive here soon. Again from the events in the other cities, it appears to extend it's age range to over 40's.
Another service, Fast Impressions, again operates in cities other than Brisbane. However they offer 'specialised and targeted meeting services. By this I mean you can choose a 'meeting event' like, 'tall men and flowing champagne'. Another couple of examples are 'university educated dating and champagne flowing' and 'Curvey women and speed dating'. Check their list of specialised events here.. To find out any more from these people you need to register. It appears that the general age group is also around 20-37 year olds, however this could possibly change at anytime.
SPEED DATING TIPS: Dress to impress. We all know 'first impressions count", however when you know your are going to be 'summed up" by many, in just a few minutes, this is even more important. Be interesting and be interested: Know yourself 'well' before you go so you can really 'express' yourself. What are your interests, favourite topics and the most fun things you like doing, what you would like to do, but also know what you 'really don't like'. Have fun: Thats why your there, and really, there's no pressure as there is 'no limit' to the amount of times you can come back and 'speed date' again.
Hi! Don't forget about Dating Safaris. They organised Progressive Urban Speed Dating Adventures once a month in Brisbane. It's like speed dating, but you do it in a group with your friends and move from bar to bar rather than table to table!