Many businesses charge participants a registration or cover fee, which, along with food drink sales, will increase your revenue.In addition to creating a pleasant and playful environment, a successful speed dating event will strengthen your restaurant's reputation and improve the likelihood of drawing first time or repeat customers.The first speed dating event took place in California in late 1998 and was inspired by a rabbi who sought to help Jewish singles meet new people and get married.Speed dating is designed to give participants the opportunity to go on mini dates with anywhere from 10 to 25 (or more) people in a single evening.I spent more time researching dates for these women than I ever did for myself. In the 24 hours before the event, I was out four, almost five, women.One wrote me the day prior asking if she could still get a refund, and I explained that because she was confirmed this was not the policy.On the special night, it can also be helpful to have a small card with helpful "getting to know you" questions at each table to facilitate conversation between potentially bashful participants.Additionally, provide each individual with a card and writing utensil for them to note the dates they felt the most connection with and are interested in getting to know further.
Whether you have 10 participants or 50, you'll also leave with a few extra dollars in your pocket through registration or cover fees. Be sure to also have your bar open and stocked, as a drink or two can go a long way towards helping participants relax and open up.“I’ll just show up then,” was her one-sentence, resigned e-mail reply. Speed-dating is one of many ways to meet a new love, but it is not right for everyone.Three others cited sickness and a work obligation, and one was a no-show. When I consider why the concept attracted me so, and look back at the several men I met and dated—briefly—while serving as EO, it becomes clearer.With the proper tools, planning and executing a successful speed dating night can be both exciting and fulfilling.Once you have decided to host an event, you should begin advertising at least a month in advance to give potential participants plenty of time to sign up.