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The complete speed dating guide for men

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Guys if you've never been speed dating before or even if you have but want to get more out of the experience next time round, you've came to the right place.

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The importance of listening

Tuesday August 14, 2018

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. - Stephen R Covey.

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Questions to ask speed dating

Wednesday June 27, 2018

'How do I stand out from 20 dates back to back'

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Dating advice from fictional characters

Friday June 8, 2018

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life – Oscar Wilde

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Speed Dating Tips - nobody else talks about

Friday May 25, 2018

Are you looking for speed dating advice that isn't hit you over the head obvious and more hit the nail on the head?

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What's speed dating like?

Wednesday May 2, 2018

A question I'm asked more often than not is 'What's speed dating like?' Whether it's from people who call in, friends or just anyone that happens to find out this is my job. I never knew either before I started working for Original Dating some 5 years ago.

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OD Social Media Rewards

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Original Dating is going full social media as of next year!

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Date Ideas-BallieBallerson

Wednesday November 15, 2017

Looking for a great date idea? Something a bit different, that’s tons of fun and sure to make a memorable date? Well look no further than Ballie Ballerson!

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Get the most out of Spotify.

Monday October 16, 2017

If like me, you are relatively new to the whole Spotify music craze or even want to get more out of it, then this blog may be of use to you.

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How to tell if she’s interested in you

Thursday June 29, 2017

It’s not always easy to know if someone likes you or not, and we can spend hours stressing over how that date went, especially if it’s someone you really like.

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First Date Ideas - Plonk Crazy Golf

Friday May 19, 2017

It’s never easy trying to think up something to do for a first date. After all you don’t know them too well, hence it’s a first date, but don’t worry I’m here to give you some top ideas and basically do all the hard work for you.

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The Prevasore Guide to Dating | First Impressions

Thursday May 11, 2017

We’ve all heard the saying: “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, so it’s vital to make the most of those first few minutes on a date.

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Preparing For A First Date

Wednesday November 30, 2016

Whether you’re a dating aficionado or you’re brand new to the scene, first date nerves are inevitable.

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Why Music Taste is the Food of Love – And What You Can Do About it

Monday June 22, 2015

It’s true. A scientifically verified, indisputable cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die god’s honest fact. Music is nice. In fact, I’ll challenge anyone to say they don’t like music.

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Why Are Men Afraid of Dating Events?

Thursday June 18, 2015

In my last post I highlighted the fact that 40% of men report feeling ‘fear’ when meeting someone for that all important first date. This could explain the well-known phenomenon in the dating event industry that sees men only really booking up at the last minute while women tend to book weeks in advance. Some may churlishly suggest this is due to men’s general inability to plan, or an innate fear of commitment. For my money the truth lies elsewhere.

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sex and Dating

Wednesday June 17, 2015

I’ve been writing about dating for a few years now so I decided it was probably about time to brush up on my research. I mean, proper research with books ‘n stuff, not going on lots of dates. Methinks my partner would not approve of the latter. It seems the ‘game’ has changed considerably over the last couple of years and not just because of the impact of apps and technology.

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What Exactly Does Original Dating Do?

Monday June 15, 2015

On this blog I talk a lot about best places to go in London, give advice on various aspects of dating, highlight some of our events, give more advice on dating and hopefully entertain you along the way. At the bottom of each blog you’ll always find a link to our events that in some way relate to what i’m writing about.

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Ten Reasons Why Speed Dating is the Summers Hottest Night Out

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Normally, summer sees a bit of a slowdown on the speed dating front. And yet, such events are more popular than ever. From funky pop up speed dating in the trendier parts of the city, to quiz and literary speed dating for the more cerebrally celebratory, single londoners are taking to the format at a rate matched only by our thirst for gin. To explain why, John gives us his ten reasons speed dating is this summers hottest night out.

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The Top 6 Things Men 1st Notice About Women – And How to use them to Your Advantage

Monday June 8, 2015

Last time I wrote about the top 6 things girls first notice about guys. The general consensus from guys was surprise and, from girls, acknowledgement. So it will be interesting to see if the opposite is true.

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The Utimate Lock & Key Party FAQ

Monday June 8, 2015

Our lock and key parties are justifiably becoming the most sought after singles events in London. You have a brilliant conversation starter in lock and key – including champagne prizes - mini speed date sessions just so you can say you’ve given it a go, a great nights entertainment from an exceptional live band, and our own unique matching app, Mixeo, so you can stay in touch with those you connect with.

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HOW IT WORKS

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 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. 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.

 

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