Five-Minute Man: The Do’s and Don’ts of Speed Dating

January 24, 2012  |  

By Patricia Elie

If you hadn’t heard, black professionals are now practicing alternative methods to seeking a date due to their busy lifestyles. I personally have experienced the frustration of going to the club, as well as the after work party and spending countless hours online but finding no suitable counterpart. As a result, I sought other practices to finding a date.

In particular, speed dating has become a preferred option for those seeking to meet a variety of singles at one setting (all in one is fun!). Since many in the black community don’t partake in this form of networking often, some tend to be apprehensive toward the idea of “dating” several strangers in one night. But in actuality, speed dating is not awkward (unless you’re REALLY awkward) and can be lots of fun.
As a host of speed dating events, I have witnessed the mistakes that both men and women make when participating in their three to five-minute dates. From the attitudes they come in with that can turn people off, to focusing too much on themselves. If you’re looking to try this method of meeting up, here are some suggestions that can help make your next speed dating event (or first) not only enjoyable but eventful.

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