Five steps to creating more lifestyle connections in real life

Dating is an overused word. It can’t really be used to describe a single encounter with someone or a brief 5-minute chat at a so-called speed dating event. True dating is a journey which starts with a new connection and grows organically into something magical without the pressure of expectation that comes with the conventional dating circuit. To get the best out of dating, you’re better off building lifestyle opportunities among a community of like-minded singles rather than playing the online dating game. Here are 5 steps to take…

  Step 1: work out what you like doing

Let your leisure interests be the driver for things and take it from there. Too often with dating, this gets put on the back-burner and then you discover on date four or five that you don’t really enjoy the same things or like going to the same places. Make a list of activities you like doing or places you like visiting in your home city. Experiences that would be great to share with others.

  Step 2: establish people in your circle with similar interests

This could be friends, people in your inner circle, friends of friends, or work colleagues. It doesn’t matter if it’s only one or two people, but it’s a good place to start. These people may then know other similar people. You’re slowly expanding your network and all the time increasing your chances of meeting someone worthwhile.

  Step 3: find opportunities to express your interests

Check the local events calendar (e.g. Time Out guide or what’s on in London) and start keeping track of interesting happenings and places to be. In the big, busy cities there’s no shortage of culture and entertainment, from music concerts and theatre shows to eye-opening exhibitions and late night museum openings. See if you can find people from your circle to explore these opportunities with.

  Step 4: make new connections to extend your network

Find new ways to extend your network, for example by registering online with a lifestyle dating app such as the GreyZone Club which offers access to a community of elite singles where you can find people who share your interests. GreyZone allows you to find local events, shows, restaurants, museums and more and then view profiles of like-minded cosmopolitan singles interested in experiences that appeal to your lifestyle. You can then reach out to your new connections online.

   Step 5: meet up and share fun experiences

This is where it all really begins. Meet up with your new connections without the pressure of being on a “date”. Have fun, build a rapport and see where the journey takes you. The next step? That’s up to you…

 
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