Speed Dating Essentials: What to Expect from the Fastest Dates You’ll Ever Have

Give speed dating a chance; at the very least, you'll make some new friends!Give speed dating a chance; at the very least, you'll make some new friends!

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When you’re single and looking, the best approach to dating is to try multiple methods of meeting people. Speed dating is a great option, especially if the event is themed to match singles with a common interest. I especially love that the whole thing is quick — get in, get out, get on with life.

As with any dating venture, I think it is important to set reasonable expectations. Yes, you’re hoping to meet the love of your life (or perhaps your next fling), but if that is your only measure of success for the evening, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment. Here are five tips for setting realistic expectations to make speed dating an enjoyable experience.

1. Expect interesting conversation. Your main goal for the event should be to enjoy talking to new people. In my experience, most people have something interesting to talk about. Ask a simple, broad–topic question like, “How has your summer been going?” and you’ll find that people will easily fall into talking about their “thing,” whatever that thing is.

2. Expect there to be one jerk in the bunch. There will probably be one guy who will spend the entire three minutes staring at your boobs, psychoanalyzing you by the one question you asked, or talking about how great he is. If you can get through those three minutes with a smile, that’s great. If not, feel free to get up and hit the ladies room, get a drink or chat up the host. There is no rule that says you must sit there and entertain the jerk.

Check out more tips on how to get the most out of your speed dating experience over at YourTango!

This post originally appeared on YourTango.com: How to Enjoy Speed Dating: 5 Essential Tips for Women.

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