Dear Meetup Team, please do not delete this group again as you did last time - as you can read below, it has got nothing to do with dating!
Strictly No Suits Friendships was conceived as an antidote to “elite” speed-dating events, which means two things: There is nothing elitist about us, and we don’t actually do dating. What we do is really cheap speed-friendship events in a cosy atmosphere over a cup of tea or a glass of juice, and the folks you will meet will be from many different walks of life – they may be a professor of astrophysics or they also may be a postman. We do not care. (I mean, we do, of course, but in a good way – in the we-want-to-get-to-know-you-better sort of way :)) Don’t get us wrong – if you’re a corporate professional and just want to meet some regular peeps, we’re not going to bar you from entering, but at least now you know what kind of crowd you’re dealing with.
So, to put it simply: This group is for genuine, warm-hearted people who just want to find some simple friendships and have a bit of fun in the process.
Now, about the speed-friendship process itself. First of all – do create a new e-mail address that you can use just for this meetup. It’s perfectly understandable that you may not wish to give away your main address to anyone, this is why you may want to have one of those, just for the occasion.
So, the way it works is: At the beginning of the event, we will give you a piece of paper with a few possible conversation topics – if you should find yourself unable to think of anything to say, you can talk about those. You grab a person next to you and, well, start chatting away. What we do has nothing to do with dating, which should take the pressure off you. This night is really just to give you an opportunity to find some friends. You will have 7 minutes with that person, after which you will exchange e-mail addresses (paper will be provided) and perhaps take a picture of the actual person holding up the address, so that later you remember who firstname.lastname@example.org actually belongs to. You can sit down, you can remain standing – entirely up to you.
After that, you grab another guy or girl, and the entire procedure is repeated. That’s pretty much it.
Following the speed-friendship part, there will be a small quiz game (world knowledge, pop culture etc.), for which you will be split into teams. After that, you can just walk around, have some more juice and talk to pretty much whoever you want.
Oh, almost forgot. Strictly No Suits has a strict dress code policy in place… You should be able to figure it out yourself.
P.S. Almost forgot: We will be providing the drinks free of charge or very cheaply, and also there is no loud music at our events, if any at all. So, as you can see, ideal conditions for expanding your friends circle!