Sure, the men weren’t physically my type, but I’ve always valued intelligence and charm over looks anyway.
Secondly, when in doubt, charm the bar manager into giving you free tequila shots.
Thirdly, speed dating is actually a bit like Tinder.
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‘It’s up to me to make that happen, by being as welcoming as I can.’ Together, Tom and I scope out the venue, set up table numbers and chat through the night’s events before the guests arrive.
As is speed dating tradition, the ladies are seated, as the gentlemen walk from table to table with about three minutes to find love. If one man goes to the wrong table or someone skips a lady, everything can fall apart,’ says Tom.
‘With online dating, it just feels like you’re trying too hard.’ At the end of the evening, I was a little buzzed and the initial nerves had disappeared. I don’t think I saw true love though, especially since most of the guests swiftly escaped post-dating, but a few did stick around to chat.
If I’m completely honest, I was glad I played host, and not guest, at this event.
A lot of swipes left, with a golden trump card hidden somewhere beyond the pervy, suggestive and the strange.
My co-host for the evening was Tom, a tall, assertive man who has worked with Rob Ryall, founder of Date in a Dash, for three years.
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