Congrats to Belinda & Angus on their 1 Year Anniversary

Congrats to Belinda & Angus on their 1 Year Anniversary

People often ask me when I am hosting events whether its possible to find your perfect match at a speed dating event, I always answer the same way, definitely!  We believe in what we do and it is why we work so hard to make sure that we organise and host the best speed dating events we can. Our goal as is to impact people in a positive way and help people find love!

I’ve recently received an email from one of our former speed daters, Belinda who attended one of our events last year on 24th of May. On that night, she met Angus and the sparks started flying as they hit it off from the get go  After the event to no ones surprise, they matched with each other and they have recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary.

It was both Belinda’s and Angus’ first time attending one of our Speed dating events and just a couple of days ago they celebrated their One year anniversary, after receiving the email from Belinda, I asked her for permission to share her and Angus’ story with you and she was more than happy to share their story.

We here at Simply Speed Dating would like to Congratulate both Belinda and Angus on their one year anniversary and hope its the first of many more to come!

 

 

 

SEA LIFE’s Penguin Speed Dating

SEA LIFE’s Penguin Speed Dating

We recently partnered up with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium for a special unique valentine’s day event in their new Penguin expedition experience which showcases their cute and adorable Gentoo and king penguins. King penguins are the second largest in the penguin family and when I first laid eyes on them I was amazed. SEA LIFE’s new Penguin expedition experience consists of a 2 and half minute boat ride which takes you around the exhibit where you can get up close and personal with these cute penguins.

Free dating sites, are they worth it?

Free dating sites, are they worth it?

When it comes to being single and looking for the right partner, it is not hard to realise that dating can be tricky endeavor. With millions of free dating sites and dating apps, it is easy to question why you should pay money to meet singles when you can sign up to hundreds of free dating sites?

It’s not that you won’t meet find potential love on a free dating site, in fact there are plenty of people who do find a significant other from free online dating sites, however the process can be a lot harder and take a lot longer than it should.

In an analysis from PC World, 10% or more of new accounts every day on free dating sites are generally from scammers, con-artists or criminals. This is due to the ease of signup and lack of personal information needed to create an account on free dating sites. This same ease of user account creation can lead to fake profiles and often inactive profiles from those who sign up, create a profile and never actually use it.

The Pew research centre reports that 33% of people who try free dating sites do not actually meet anyone from those sites. One reason may be that those who are serious about finding someone are more willing to part with a couple of dollars if it means it will give them a better chance of meeting a potential partner. Typically, those who are not willing to invest even a small amount of money towards improving their chances of meeting someone, are not as motivated and may end up wasting your time.

Another drawback of free dating sites is the number of sponsored advertisements they have and it is not uncommon to be spammed consistently in order to get you back on their site so they can show you more advertisements. This is how free dating sites make their money.

Some dating sites will sign you up for free but will then try to sell you “credits” in order to get in touch with other members. It is not uncommon for sites to have fake profiles send you messages that you can only read if you pay the site money or pay for credits.

Free dating sites can actually be more expensive, more time consuming and less effective than paid dating services and sites. Whilst you may be able to meet someone without having to pay any money, there are so many challenges and so much more time you need to invest in order to get some sort of result.

At our speed dating events, have found all of our clients love us because they find our events are not only fun and exciting but because they also meet like minded singles who are genuinely interested in meeting someone.

When you attend one of our events, you can expect to date up to 14 fun and friendly singles in one night. Our events are hosted in a stylish, quiet and relaxing venues. You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and a friendly smile from one of our professional hosts who are there to take care of everything so that you can focus on your dates.

Check out our upcoming events and start meeting motivated singles.

 

5 reasons you should try speed dating!

5 reasons you should try speed dating!

Whilst it may seem biased for us to write an article on why you should try speed dating, it is because we are passionate about helping people find love in their lives and we believe speed dating is one of the best ways to meet and connect with new people as well as potentially find your future partner.

This is why we work hard to ensure we host events where you will get the chance to meet as many singles as possible. We believe that our events offer the best chances to meet someone you will connect with.

We live in an age where dating has become digitized.  With a vast amount of online dating websites and dating apps, it is easy to look at millions of profiles and not actually capture the essence of a person. We have turned dating into a disconnected process which requires very little face to face interaction.

In a study released recently and published by APA (American Psychological Association), Users of the dating app, Tinder are reported to have lower levels of self-esteem and all users in the study have reported to have more negative perceptions about body image. It makes sense as all it takes to dismiss someone on the app is a simple swipe to left of your  smart phone screen.

You can instantly dismiss a potential partner for just having a bad photo on their profile. The scary thing is that we make these decisions so impulsively and quickly that we hardly put any thought into it.

There are many advantages that a speed dating event offers over online dating apps and in this article we are going to explore some of the major ones.

It’s Fast and Efficient

Not everyone has time to read through hundreds of online profiles and write dozens of messages in order to connect with someone.

At our speed dating events, you can have up to 14 mini-dates in 2 hours. While it may seem like a short amount of time to meet so many people, you will be surprised as to how much you can know about a person in 6 minutes.

Instead of drafting out messages and spending countless hours reading profiles, you can spend your time connecting with the person instead.

No Awkward First Dates!

We’ve all know or have heard someone say that they have had an awkward first date with someone online who wasn’t who they expected in real life.

With online dating, anyone can paint themselves in any light and this can often lead to going on dates with people who you thought were different than their profile.

This doesn’t happen when you go on a date with someone you met from a speed dating event, simply because you have met them already.

No more awkward dates with someone who’s online dating profile picture was from 5 years ago.

Wide Variety

At our speed dating event, we have people from all walks of life which adds variation to our events. You may find you meet someone at our event who you never even considered to be someone you would be interested in.

We all have certain qualities we look for in a partner and in some cases we focus on finding only those qualities in people that we often do not give ourselves the chance to see other qualities people can have.

Speed dating can let you meet people who you never thought you would be into.

Face to Face

You actually get to talk to real people in real life!

No need for an internet connection, virtual reality goggles or mobile phone. You can interact with other single people face to face. You can see how they talk, move, walk and laugh. You can get a feel for a person which is something you can’t do online.

Our events are fun!

We work hard to make sure our events are the best they can be and we welcome feedback from our speed daters, most of them comment on how much fun they have had at one of our events.

Everyone is there to meet new people and have a good time and this means that you will always find yourself meeting people who are friendly and want to talk to you, there’s no pressure!

We could go on forever but instead why don’t you find out for yourself. We run speed dating regularly, Click here to check out our upcoming events!

First Dates – How to make them perfect!

First Dates – How to make them perfect!

We all want to leave the best impression possible when it comes first dates, there are many things to consider when organizing to meet up with a potential partner. We have had plenty of singles who have attended one of our speed dating events ask us how to make their first dates great.

So we have decided to compile a list of our top tips to make sure you have the best first date possible. These can range from the clothes you wear, the places you go and even where you go. It is amazing how much of a difference some things can make to your first dates.

Keeping it relaxed

We recommend for a first date to not go anywhere that’s too loud or too fancy but instead go somewhere that is laid back, conducive to conversation and relaxed atmosphere. Your first date should be all about getting to know your date and making sure that you are both relaxed and comfortable.

This means you want to avoid places like fancy restaurants or the movies for a first date, fancy restaurants tend to make people feel like they have to behave in a certain way and going to the movies may seem like fun but it is not conducive to getting to know each other.

Plan your date

In some cases, you may want to do more than just have a simple coffee or drink, rather than sitting at one spot for an extended period of time, why not consider having a 2nd location such as pool hall or bowling alley. Nothing is more fun than some playful competitiveness.

Choose something that you both may be interested in, if you both love art for example then it may be good idea to go to a local art museum.

Locations

It is important to pick a good location on your first date.  This means making sure that where you meet is not too far away for either of you and that you can both easily get to.

Deciding on a dress code

If you do decide to go somewhere where there is a dress code in place, it is a good idea to let your date know this before the first date. If you are just going for a relaxed date, letting them know that you are not planning on going anywhere that is fancy and that they do not need to overdress for the occasion might really help your date.

Confirming with your Date

Be sure to confirm your first date with your potential partner the day before to make sure that they haven’t forgotten, in some case people tend to have a lot on and it may slip their mind. They will appreciate the reminder.

Timing

It is important to be on time or even early to a date if you are the one who organised it but you may not always be able to arrive on time, if you are not able to make it on time, be sure to let your date know how late you will be so that they are not wondering whether you are going to show up or not.

Conclusion

Ultimately what makes first dates perfect is being respectful, considerate and authentic with your date. The value of a date does not come from what you do or how much you spend, ultimately the value comes from you and your date getting to know each other.

 

 

Things to do in Sydney

Things to do in Sydney

First Date Idea’s

Speed dating is a great way to meet local singles in your area who are looking for love, we have worked hard to make sure our events are the best in Sydney.

If you have attended one of our speed dating events, chances are you may have received an email with a list of matches.

The next step is planning a solid date, that is going to fun, relaxed and memorable.

We are often asked from our speed daters “what are some fun things to do in Sydney for a first date”?

We thought we would cover some of our favorite spots in Sydney which are not only great things to do in Sydney in general, but are also fun and interesting ideas for dates

Sydney is a beautiful city with a unique charm and unique locations that are excellent for a first date.

Picnic on Hickson Road Reserve

Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Sydney Harbour

Located next door to the Park Hyatt, the Hickson road reserve is a great location to for a picnic. It has an amazing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the opera house. It is a relaxed and quiet location to have a picnic and enjoy some great conversation.

Chinese Gardens

Pier Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Chinese Gardens

 

Located in Darling harbor it is a great first date location with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You can explore the gardens, look at the fish and even enjoy a coffee or tea with your date. Entry is usually $5 each which makes it an affordable first date option.

Darling Harbour Fireworks

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

 

Enjoy a cocktail at café del mar, have dinner at one of the many affordable and quality restaurants or even ride the Ferris wheel in darling harbour as you look at the amazing fireworks display that is on every Saturday night in Sydney between 8pm and 9pm

St George Open Air Cinema

Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000

Open Air Cinema

 

The St George Open air cinema features the latest releases during the summer months of the year with a beautiful Sydney backdrop. It is a ticketed event but great way to enjoy both the city and a movie.

 

Luna Park

LOT4PT Northcliff Street, Milsons Point NSW

Luna Park

 

Enjoy various rides, bars, sideshow games and much more as you spend a date a Luna park going wild! The park has 2 for 1 deals as well as having deals for the sideshow games.

There are so many things to do in Sydney that are fun and interesting, do your research and you will have yourself a perfect first date.

If you are single and are looking for a fun night out, we hold speed dating events regularly, click here to find out more!

Simply Speed Dating appears in Money Magazine

Simply Speed Dating appears in Money Magazine

As a business, our goal is to strive to give our customers the best experience at our events.

We work hard to ensure that our events are fun, friendly and in a comfortable atmosphere for you.  It is our passion and desire in this industry which drives us and pushes us to better ourselves, our events and our services.

Our work has helped us build a great reputation as being one of the best in the industry!

Recently, we were approached by Money Magazine to discuss our services for their article “The Cost of Dating”, we were grateful for the opportunity and also excited to talk about speed dating!

The article discusses all the different services out there for people who are single in this day and age, the cost of these services as well as information about the dating industry as a whole.

It is a well researched and interesting read and If you would like to read the article, you can download it by clicking the image below.

We would like to thank all of you who have helped us grow, we look forward to helping more people find love!

Money Magazine

 

How to make a good first impression

How to make a good first impression

How to Make a Good Impression on Your First Date

 A very much anticipated event, the first date is also a dreaded moment for many. Men and women of all ages seem to fall back into the same worries and endless questions. What to wear? What perfume to put on? Any conversation topics ideas? Where to go? What to do? What to say and how to say it?

But, the question that stands on everyone’s mind is: how to make a good impression? After all, it is normal: we all want to impress our date. If you are in such a predicament yourself, here are some tips for you:

Dress up for success

Don’t get fooled by those voices telling you appearances don’t matter. Instant attraction and chemistry level are based on pure appearances. So, pick an outfit that compliments your physique! Nothing too daring or too fancy! Just something that you know it looks good on you. You don’t want to look as if you came straight from the gym, but a date is not a wedding either.

Don’t be boring

Come to the date prepared with some topics of conversation and ideas of where to go and what to do. This does not mean you should have a bunch of stories prepared to recite. You don’t want to sound rehearsed either.

Show interest

Don’t forget to show some interest in the person next to you. Make sure you don’t monopolize the conversation and you don’t impose your wishes on the other. Take turns in talking about yourself and asking questions! Otherwise, your date might think you are simply not interested in them.

Don’t ignore the bill

Who pays the bill on a first date? The answer actually depends on many cultural factors, but, even if you are a woman and expect the guy to pay, don’t totally ignore it. When the waiter brings the bill, search for your purse and offer to contribute. Most probably he will take it upon himself, but the gesture is essential to the way he will perceive you.

 

What happened to Fast Impressions?

What happened to Fast Impressions?

I have been getting a lot of questions from people who attend my events and one of the most common ones I have been getting lately is, “what happened to fast impressions?”

Fast impressions was one of Sydney’s most prominent Speed Dating Businesses and earlier this year they closed their doors and closed their business without a lot of explanation as to why or what happened. For a lot of people It seemed surprising to some, after all they were a fairly large national company. Others I speak to weren’t surprised at all, a lot of clients and even venue owners were left with a bad taste in their mouths. Some say, that there service was terrible. Having attended several of their events myself, I noticed a change in attitude with how they treated their customers. In most cases, I felt more like a ticket than an actual person. This lack of customer service and extremely high ticket price of $89 seems like the obvious reason as to why they failed but there are also other factors.

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I took it upon myself to speak with people who have either worked with fast impressions or have dealt with the company in the past from a business standpoint. From what I understand Fast impressions grew to become a massive and successful business but around late 2014 they company was gearing up to be purchased by an American online dating site. In many cases this lead to cost cutting and higher prices. Essentially paying more for less. They also tried to bring up their numbers by hosting way to many events and often spamming their members on a daily basis with up coming events and last minute tickets.

The transition between local management and overseas management did not appear to go smoothly either and as a result this only hurt the company more and their relationship with venue owners, customers and their overall reputation deteriorated quickly . There may be several other factors that came into this, some speculations into the business practices not being up to par as well as major layoffs. This is according to a source who wishes to remain nameless.

In my personal dealings with the company, it appeared to me that customer service seemed to be one of the bigger issues fast impressions had, it seemed to build a reputation for being pretty terrible service with unorganized events and contractor hosts who did not know what they were doing.  You only have to look as far as the common review sites like Yelp or google reviews to see that I was not the only one who experienced this.

There is a saying that goes

“A Wise man learns from the mistakes of others” 

Their lack of service, cost cutting and overall bad organisation of events and management is what lead me to start this company and by taking a page of “what not to do” we have managed to create a speed dating experience that our clients love and highly recommend.

This is what we do differently

  • We value our customers
  • We are passionate about what we do
  • We host well organised events
  • We don’t cut costs
  • We don’t take shortcuts
  • We maintain great relationships with our venues
  • We make sure we are priced fairly
  • We do not spam your inbox
  • We do everything we can to ensure we exceed your expectations.

The biggest priority I have when it comes to our events is to make sure people know that they are valued and we host our events in the best interest of our customers. This is why we have so many people who support us and help us spread the word, I love hearing from people that the reason they came to us was because we were highly recommended by a friend.

We will always place you first!

See why we are one of the best in Sydney, check out our events page!

Upcoming Events

 

Speed Dating Facts

Speed Dating Facts

 

 

 

Dating is a very mysterious beast and we do not know everything there is to know about attraction or dating, some of the most fascinating questions like “what is attraction” or “why are we attracted some people but not others” are questions that we still to this day do not know.

One thing is for certain, psychologist love speed dating because speed dating is a useful too to help them discover the inner workings of interpersonal attraction. Speed dating is a common way method used by psychologists to study different human behaviors when it comes to courtship between people. There are a lot of interesting facts that have come out of performing studies with this method and whilst some of them are fun factoids, every discovery brings us closer to understanding attraction and mate ship.

Below are some fun and interesting facts about speed dating, these are not just fascinating but may also give you the upper hand next time you find yourself in front of a date.

 

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