“There is research that suggests you’re better off being a receiver – having people come to you and approach you,” says Samantha Joel, a Ph D candidate in the psychology department at the University of Toronto.“The people in that position tend to be choosier than the people doing the approaching.” Ashley Magalas, CEO and founder of Single and Eligible, says that when she started the company, 70 percent of the events were geared toward a heterosexual crowd.The men will rotate to the next tables every 7 minutes with a mid point break during the event.Once the event has finished the hostess will collect all match cards.I saw that for myself when I ventured out to an event run by Single and Eligible. Two women had called in sick, so what should have been two events became one 19-plus event. The small candles at each table made it all the more intimate.Several of the women mingled before it all even started.“People will do whatever they can do to meet more people, and speed dating is certainly a great way to meet more people.” In a little more than an hour, I had gone on 10 dates with ladies of every stripe: students, financial professionals, a nurse, a massage therapist, a firefighter and even a soul healer.Their ages ranged from early 20s all the way up to 60. It might seem like roulette with warm bodies, and that perception isn’t wrong.
“I found that singles who attended LGBT events really appreciated the overall experience and gave a lot of referrals to friends and family about them,” Magalas says.When it comes to dating, I try to close as few doors as possible.Dating sites, apps, introductions by friends and, yes, even the club scene — I’ve tried them all with varying degrees of success.We will keep all match cards on file for up to two weeks after each event in case of any error or additional questions.Once your matches have been sent out we leave the rest up to you to plan a great first date with your matches.
You will be greeted by a friendly host who will confirm your attendence, give you a match card and assign you to a table.