1 You arrive at the cafe at least 20 minutes early, this
will give you time to register, meet people, and get settled before the speed dating begins
2 You sign in and get a match card with the participants’ names. You will also get your name tag
3 You will be provided with a set of questions in English, you might want to ask your potential match
4 You then have 5 to 7 minute face-to-face sessions with each available match, during which time both participants may discuss whatever they like
5 When you get the signal that one date is over and it is time to move onto the next, move promptly to allow the next match to move in.
6 Be sure to mark your match card for whether you think that date was a potential match.
7 Hand in your match card to the organizers. If you express a shared interest in each other, you then will be given each other’s contact information and further pursue the relationship on your own terms.
⁃ don’t show your match card
to other people
⁃ don’t give any contact information while you speed date
⁃ don’t tell the candidates if you liked them or not
⁃ don’t speak Russian
⁃ fill in your match card after each speed dating session
⁃ respect your partner while speaking
⁃ respect the event's time constraints
To have a positive speed dating experience, you can prepare ahead of time, know what to expect, and present yourself well to your dates. Approach speed dating with a positive attitude. Look at it as a fun, pressure-free event. Keep an open mind about who you will meet and be prepared that you may or may not find someone you like. There is no pressure and if this round of speed dates doesn't work for you, you can always try again.
You will need to prepare an introduction and basic biographical information that you wish to share so that your dates can get to know you. For your introduction, consider how you want to first present yourself to other speed daters. You could say something like, “Hi! My name is Kate. I’m a 32 year old single mom. I work in microbiology and in my free time I love skating.” Keep it light and positive. Don’t discuss your negative feelings about your job or your strained relationship with your ex.
PREPARE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DATES
probing questions like “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and “What are you most passionate about?” You could even ask goofy questions like “Do you have a favorite joke?” Just keep in mind that you have a very short amount of time to converse with this person, so choose the questions that matter most to you.