After being set up on some awkward blind dates and getting some creepy messages from online dating sites from strangers, I knew I had to try something new. After a gossip session with one of my coworkers at brunch, she told me she had met her boyfriend of 6 months at a speed dating event!
I had only seen speed datings on TV or in movies before and had never thought about actually participating in one, but I was definitely intrigued. After I got home that afternoon, I did a quick online search to see if there were any companies that offered speed dating for black singles in DC, and the first one that popped up was a company called Professionals in the City. Based on my research, it looked like they had been offering speed datings since and hosted over 1, events a year, so I knew that they knew what they were doing.
Within a few minutes, I found a speed dating specifically offered to black singles in DC and decided there was no harm in signing up and checking it out. The night of the event, I was so nervous! I spent longer than I would like to admit picking out my outfit, and making sure my hair and makeup were just right. When I showed up to the event, I was greeted by event staff at the door and handed a name tag. Since I was a little early, I decided to grab a drink at the bar while I waited.
Once it was time for the event to start, the event staff went over the simple instructions and encouraged us to take notes on the people we met. They had the women take a seat, and then assigned a man to sit across from each of us and went over the instructions for how the event would work.
Just like they show in the movies, every few minutes the men would move one seat over and a whole new mini-date would begin! Even though each date was only a few minutes long, I was still able to have quality conversations with over 20 very eligible bachelors. After it was over, I went home and by the next morning I had an email waiting for me with instructions on how to contact the men I had met the night before!
I was flattered to find a few messages already waiting for me when I logged in, and quickly responded. By the end of the day, I had exchanged phone numbers with some of the men, and had a date lined up for that weekend!
At the event, I definitely had my eye on this guy Mike the whole night, so I was thrilled when he emailed me to ask me out for drinks! During our speed date, we discovered we both worked close to Dupont Circle, so we decided to meet up for drinks after work.
By having a few minutes to sit down and actually speak with someone and look in their eyes, it was so easy to determine if there was a connection right away. It was really refreshing to be in a room with other black singles that are looking for love, just like I am. If you are a single lady like me and are looking for some quality men in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, I would absolutely recommend trying out black speed dating at Professionals in the City.