As a regular speed dating host, I get asked this question a lot:
“Why did you start a speed dating business?”
My answer will now be: read this post. I’ve made a list below of some of the reasons that impacted my decision to start offering this service for Saskatoon singles.
1. Making connection intentional.
I know that it’s hard to meet people when you’re busy with work, school, business, and LIFE. If you don’t make time for meeting new people you’ll stay in that endless rut.
2. A less-than-fun first timer experience.
You know what they say about your first time… I tried speed dating years ago and hated it. Every man asked me, “So, what do you do for a living?” It felt like a bad job interview that that I couldn’t escape.
I thought I could make some improvements and started testing out my format. So far, attendees like it a lot (5 star reviews).
3. A place where “No” means no and “Yes” means yes.
As awful as my first experience was, when I took part in speed dating I learned what it was like to say “no” to many people who may not have been right for me. Up until then, I gave people chances when they didn’t really deserve them. The process of speed dating was enough to give me autonomy in my day-to-day relationships. I want to pass that on to others.
Read more about the code of conduct to learn what is and isn’t okay in this community.
4. No other place in the entire province was offering it.
From what I found in market research, speed dating just wasn’t a regular thing in Saskatoon or Saskatchewan. This may be related to the size of the population, or the ideas and attitudes around dating on the prairies. People come from all over the province to take part and get offline for a night.
5. People fascinate-the-fuck outta me.
They give me lots of energy (and endless anecdotes). I’ve already met a lot of interesting people and hope to meet more.
6. Small city dwellers can be a lil’ cliquey.
Sometimes people are slow to trust and don’t make outsiders feel very welcome. They usually have a group of friends they’ve known since kindergarten and they have no idea what it feels like to be “new to town”. This makes it difficult for newcomers to establish solid relationships (both friendships and otherwise).
I am striving to create an inclusive space with Do Sask. Old friends are good. But have you tried meeting new ones? It’s THRILLING.
7. Singles just want to mingle.
No matter what there are always gonna be people looking for friendship, dates, and new ideas. Do Sask removes the question of whether they are open to that or not to save you a lot of time wondering.
8. Trying something new is okay.
People who attend speed dating are ready to give it a shot. I want to offer a service that’s different from my day job as a writer for businesses, but isn’t a complete 360.
9. The success story challenge.
I like a good sky-high goal that I have no control over. I thought speed dating could be a catalyst for friendships and date matches to blossom here in Saskatchewan. Since Do Sask launched speed dating last year, past attendees are already telling me it’s working. (We currently have a 80% match rate!)
If you attended Do Sask speed dating in the past, please share your honest recommendation with your friends. Word of mouth is very important to growing this community!
10. Collaborating with a few local pubs makes it easy for me.
Not a lot of businesses would give a solopreneur full reign of half their pub and invite them to come back regularly. But the Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub did last year! And then Finn’s Irish Pub did this year! Both spots are worth checking out for a casual night with your new date.
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An earlier version of this post was originally published on Facebook in August, 2017.