Why Speed Friending Is Better Than Most Social Events
Speed Friending events are structured to make it easy to meet people. The number one complaints large social events have is “I feel like an outsider” “I am afraid to approach people” “everyone seems like they already have their friend group and I don’t want to intrude” “no one approached or engaged me” “I feel invisible” “I easily get stuck in a conversation with people I’m not interested in for way too long” Speed Friending events overcome ALL of that. Because you’re meeting people one on one for 5 minutes, you are no longer responsible for approaching, or ending the conversation. I as the event host will do that for you. There are no cliques, just low pressure easy one on one conversations to which
V2: Do you want to make new friends but often feel like an outsider at large social events? Do you hesistate approaching people because everyone seems to be in their own “cliques?” Do you get stuck in conversation with people you’re not interested in for way too long? Do you ever go to an event and feel invisible, & walk away wishing more people approached & engaged you in conversation?
Speed friending events overcome ALL of that. Because you’re meeting people one on one for 5 minutes, you are no longer responsible for approaching, or ending the conversation. I as the event host will do that for you. There are no cliques, just low pressure easy one on one conversations to which you’re provided a fun prompt.
Event Outcomes for Attendees:
As you know, meaningful relationships are scientifically proven to be a top 5 factor in determining happiness and life satisfaction. Our goal is to help people connect and develop meaningful relationships with their peers to increase their level of self actualization, empowering them to be their best selves!
Our events facilitate people’s ability to form a large number of meaningful connections, and teach them social skills, crucial to their ability to form strong friendships.
My Story (President of TC Speed Friending):
In my high school years I felt very isolated, I had social anxiety and was scared of approaching new people & making friends. I felt like an outsider during classes, lunch, gym. Attending social events in college I still felt like an outsider, so I decided to create an event that would create a structure making it easy to meet people .. My goal is to hold events helping people like me overcome their social struggles and feel connected to the people around them!
How it started:
Back when I was president of Loving & Appreciation Club at The University of Minnesota I started hosting speed friending events to create strong student communities in partnership with schools and universities that encompass a scholastic environment and promote the values of diversity, independence, growth and life-long friendships. Now we have expanded beyond colleges & schools, catering to a variety of communities including; senior living, artists, geeks, LGBTQ as well as all inclusive events.
Attendees get 5 minutes of one-on-one time with an amazing person! When the bell rings, participants rotate to the next table and meet their new friend. By the end of the day, participants will have met 20+ potential new friends !
Each Switch I announce a prompt question which helps facilitate a meaningful conversation between attendees. (The prompt question is optional giving people the option to steer their own conversations!)
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Why I do this!
I host Speed Friending events because I want to help people establish meaningful friendships in a fun low pressure fun manner.
My entire life I struggled with depression, and crippling social anxiety. It prevented me from creating or maintaining meaningful friendships. Almost every day I felt isolated, and worthless. At social events I'd feel like an outsider and was afraid of approaching new people & making friends.