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Speed Dating Zen: How to Keep Your Cool and Have Fun Meeting New People 

Wednesday June 5, 2024

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Speed dating can feel like an emotional roller coaster, but with the right mindset and a few handy tips, you can glide through each mini-date with grace and confidence. Here’s how to keep your cool and make a memorable impression. 


Prepare, but Don’t Overthink 

Research common speed dating questions and think about how you'd like to answer them. But remember, this isn't an exam! Be prepared, but stay flexible and open to the flow of conversation. 


Dress Comfortably and Confidently 

Wear something that makes you feel both comfortable and confident. When you feel good in your clothes, it shows in your demeanor. 


Breathe and Smile 

Before each mini-date, take a deep breath and smile. It’s amazing how these simple actions can help calm nerves and set a positive tone. 


Be a Good Listener 

Focus on the person in front of you. Active listening not only helps you stay engaged but also shows genuine interest, which is incredibly attractive. 


Keep It Light and Fun 

Remember, speed dating is meant to be fun! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Enjoy the process and the opportunity to meet new people. 


Have a Few Icebreakers Ready 

Think of a few interesting questions or fun facts about yourself. These can help kick-start the conversation and make you stand out. 


Stay Hydrated and Snack Smart 

Keep a water bottle and some light snacks handy. Staying hydrated and maintaining your energy levels will keep you sharp and focused. 


Don’t Take Rejection Personally 

Not every mini-date will result in a match, and that’s okay. Remember, it's about finding the right fit, not just any fit. Stay positive and keep going! 


Reflect, but Don’t Dwell 

After the event, take a moment to reflect on what went well and what you can improve. But don’t dwell on any perceived mistakes. Learn and move forward. 


Follow Up Thoughtfully 

If you receive any matches, follow up with a thoughtful message. A little effort can go a long way in making a meaningful connection. 



Speed dating can be a thrilling and rewarding experience if you approach it with the right attitude. So, take a deep breath, put on your best smile, and enjoy the adventure of meeting new people! Book our next speed dating events here. 



The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.