Fastlove speed dating
The organiser, Lucy Baker, stands up and explains what the evening entails. Then he looks down at the floor and stays like that for what seems like an eternity.
First, there will be a non-verbal round where we will all sit in front of each other for a minute at a time and are allowed to make noises and gesticulate. Lucy asks us to walk round the room and make eye contact with each other, before shaking everyone's hand - the rule being that you cannot let go of one man's grasp until you have grabbed someone else's. We're told to pair up and perform actions for each other to follow.
The dress code is smart, and numbers are limited to 20 of each gender to ensure that you spend as much time as possible with each date.
Fastlove is the North West leader in speed dating events for single professionals.
Come along with an open mind, see what happens and put any doubts about booking your first event behind you; the common concern from 90% of first-time speed daters is the worry of coming alone and/or nerves - that's normal and pretty much everyone feels the same, but once you get started you'll realise that everyone's in a similar situation and the nerves will melt away. now we've let you in on this little secret, do you feel more relaxed?
In fact, one of the interesting trends with these apps is travel.
And as a newbie I have yet to see the JOIN signal on any of the apps. And while that’s interesting, the context provided on dating sites is valuable. And she kept up the “let’s go” attitude, but I can’t get a “hello” date set no matter how casual and easy I am making it.