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 hosting events for singles as a side job, I saw there was an opportunity to make that change, and it was simple – it just needed to be done better!
So I started Dashing Date. One thing that makes us different is that we screen all our clients. Similar to an online dating profile, guests attending a Dashing Date event first create a private profile that our team looks over. The profile outlines their interests, what they’re looking for in a partner and photos.
This 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 match. We aim for well presented, (normal!) single professionals.
Normal is underrated.
What would you consider a must-ask question when speed dating?
I like to keep it simple. I would ask, “what did you do last weekend?”. Or, you can take it one step further and say “How did you celebrate your last birthday?”.
Questions like this can give you a much better sense of what someone is like and help you discover commonalities, which is key.
What is a major DON’T when speed dating (something you should not do)?
There are no rules, per say. The ‘DONTs’ are standard to any first date, as long as you’re polite and have good manners, you’re good to go.
Do you have any tips for first-time speed daters?
Yes, I do! Relax, be yourself, don’t put pressure on anything and simply enjoy the evening for what it is. You should have fun, which in turn will make it fun for others. 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 good 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.
Being around that kind of energy is pretty cool.