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Example: “Please plan an event that will enable me, a 56-year-old woman, to participate in the speed dating. I just turned 40 and after reading the age group for your event I was offended.” Over 40 myself, I empathized and promised these people—my people—that I would be the one to turn this ship around. Yes, typing it out makes it sound so much worse than it did in my head, but I wanted so much for this event to happen.I want to be honest and therefore will not crash the event planned for 47-year-olds.” Another woman wrote, “Please tell me what it is wrong with being over 35? I found another “olde taverne” type setting and arranged an event for the 42 to 54 age range. Offering free coupons meant this event would be pro bono for me—it would cost me money, actually. I did not blanket suitable suitors on but instead read every profile in this age range and explored their interests and personalities.If you approach your encounters mindfully, you may find a rare common interest or a shared passion.Although it might not be right for you, I think speed-dating represents the essence of why we date, despite our pasts, despite our disappointments. And every eight minutes, there’s more to hope for: that maybe, someday, there will be no need to ring for assistance.The day it was posted online was the day it sold out for women. Then I personally e-mailed them (after reinstating my own account—on my dime) and discussed the opportunity with each.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.Life Line This team building activity is similar to the mask exercises since it requires people to share their ‘life-line’ and specifically the events in the past that have shaped them today.
“This indicates to me that they were not seriously looking to meet anyone and they were just there because it was a free evening. To those of you newly looking, or still looking, or in the midst of packing up your bells and staplers, I say: Keep an open mind.
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.
“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.
In the mask drawing they can include their characteristics, dreams, interests, weaknesses, strengths, basically anything that explains the individual to his/her team members in a non threatening manner.
After having drawn the mask, the person is asked to share his mask in the larger group in which members can ask questions to clarify or further explain certain characteristics.4.