Speed dating has been around since 1999, when Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and several of his single students put a new twist on the longstanding Jewish tradition of introducing young Jewish singles to one another at chaperoned gatherings.
At a speed dating event, participants are paired up in a series of quick five- to seven-minute "dates." When the time is up, a bell or timer is rung, and participants move on to their next one-on-one conversation.
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The format gave budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and professionals a unique opportunity to learn about a range of business areas from marketing to operations, and fundraising.
Irene Lane, WIT Board Member and Emcee for the evening stated, “The goal of the event was to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who were facing a challenge in getting their project or company to the next level of growth.” Eleven subject matter experts (SMEs) shared their lessons learned and provided targeted advice on sales strategies, non-profit strategies, leadership characteristics and more.
While seven minutes may not seem long enough to determine whether a new acquaintance is a potential match, Rabbi Deyo and other speed dating organizers have found that it gives participants plenty of time to gauge their level of interest or get a feeling that the other person is just not the right fit.
As an added bonus, the round-robin setup enables participants to meet more potential matches in one evening than they might otherwise encounter in a month or more of traditional dating.
We thank the Hollywood Senior Center (and Amber Kern Johnson!
) for her vision and courage and her love for the people she serves.
Are you weeping over the fact that all of your friends are committed and you are the only one left out? Then maybe you need to get your hands on a speed dating night flyer…maybe you will get the prince charming of your life, which you have always been waiting for!
Speed dating nights are not a usually happening event and mostly we will see it taking place near Valentines or such specific days.
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