Hosting speed dating events
Plus, single myself at the time, I saw this as more than a professional development experience; it was a promising way to meet men and get paid for it. Registrations filtered in slowly, but by event day I had booked a perfect 16 men to 16 women ratio.
“This indicates to me that they were not seriously looking to meet anyone and they were just there because it was a free evening. To those of you newly looking, or still looking, or in the midst of packing up your bells and staplers, I say: Keep an open mind.The final event, though, was a two-month disaster in the making, and I blame myself. But I wanted so much for it to happen that I had another of my now-famous bad ideas. All I needed to do was search a reasonable radius for men in my target age range looking for women in that target age range.Throughout my short career as an 8minute Madame, I regularly received e-mails from singles over 40 wondering why there weren’t more events for our age group. But because soliciting the men to pay for the event in this manner would not be appropriate, I offered them a free coupon for the event.Whether there were eight or 80 couples in the restaurant, they would have eight dates. You know, I saw a woman head down to the ladies room. “Imagine eight dates in one night,” the newscaster bellowed.After the event, participants would log into their computerized accounts, choose who they were interested in either dating again, forming a friendship with, or networking with, and put a check next to their name-codes. I didn’t need eight minutes with him; 20 seconds was enough. My allegiance, my responsibility, was to my customers. But before the camera crews packed up, the male owner offered a final plea. They flashed the wooden street sign for the restaurant and showed a few people in silhouette—not even from my event—talking outside. (Recently, though, that restaurant went out of business.) Hilory Wagner is an author, national magazine contributor, and social mediaholic who blogs about the impacts of new age communications on our lives, work, and relationships.