Q & A
with Kavita Ajwani, owner of Dashing Date
What made you decide to start Dashing Date?
Where do I begin! I’ll keep it short or we’ll be here all night ;). Singles events, in general, have been given a bad rap and I wanted to change that. After spending years working in the dating space, I saw there was an opportunity for change, and it was simple to me – things just needed to be done better!
So I started Dashing Date. What makes us different is that we pre-screen all our clients. Similar to an online dating profile, guests attending a Dashing Date event must first create a (private) profile that our team reviews and approves. The profile outlines their interests, what they’re looking for in a partner, photos and more.
Our screening process allows us to get to know our clients, and make sure we get the right people to the right events; people who are likelier to connect and match.
What would you consider a must-ask question when speed dating?
My number one rule: Keep it simple! Ask, “what did you do today?” or, “Any exciting plans this weekend?”.
Questions like this are low pressure, easy to answer and give you a much better sense of how someone spends their time. They also help you discover commonalities, which serves as a great starting point for an enjoyable and natural conversation to take place.
Do you have any tips for first-time speed daters?
First of all, rrrrelllaaxx! Be yourself, don’t put pressure on anything and simply enjoy the event for what it is. You should aim to have fun, which in turn will make it enjoyable for others. As I like to say “Delight the person in front of you!”. Speed Dating is an opportunity to get to know yourself better, you’re trying something new and that’s always a step in the right direction, be it in the dating arena or elsewhere.
It’s also important to remember that everyone you’re meeting has decided to make the same bold move you have, they want to meet someone and they’re willing to put themselves out there. There are so few social opportunities where you’re guaranteed to meet eligible singles, who are in your preferred age group, who ate at the same stage of life as you, and on the same journey to finding their next relationship. This is something to embrace!