Midway through the evening, we interrupted dates asking participants to make a brief introduction and then to stop their date.
We then asked them two basic questions: how do you feel about the person you just met, and why?
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Has a great person ever hit on you at the wrong time? Or someone is flirting with you at a family party (not a cousin…hopefully)? At speed dating, though, time is not an issue: everyone is there with the common goal of, hopefully, meeting someone great.
This introduces the question of how you make that great first impression?
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Research indicates that brief impressions are lasting impressions.
Consider the programmatic work on thin slicing by Ambady, made popular in Gladwell’s Blink.With these painful memories in mind, now imagine that the terrible date lasted less than 10 minutes.That is one of the greatest benefits of speed dating.Whenever I talk to my students about speed dating, they appear to be judgmental and critical (as most of my students are of nontraditional dating methods, including online dating—a topic we’ll discuss in another blog).But, the value of speed dating lies in its efficiency.This knowledge is important, as it can be applied beyond a speed date to any 30-second introduction that is potentially romantic.