Did you know, according to research done by Channel 4 using data from the last census, over half Manchester’s dwellers are single? That is a fairly large number and whilst it is important to note some people are single because they want to be, there are also many out there in our fair city looking for love. So where do the people of Manchester go to look for love? There’s the standard options of dating sites and mobile apps but what about actually getting out there and meeting people ‘in real life’? A friend and I made a pact to try speed dating this year but can we find somewhere local doing a speed dating night? It’s so frustrating! Then I saw something better. Ladies and gents let me introduce you to a singles night with a difference.
On 4th February, just 10 days before Valentines Day, The Milton Club will host a singles night with Sam Owen, a local relationships coach. My initial thought when I heard of this night was the infamous Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger. Would I be ‘vetted’ and paraded around in the hope that I fit the exact type that Sam had in mind for me and my potential suitor?
Well first of all this event is on a much larger scale so there will be plenty of people in the same boat as you or I. Sam doesn’t just coach people when it comes to relationships but also self esteem, confidence and anxiety. Just some of the things that may affect your relationship not only with someone else but with yourself. She will be on hand on the night offering mini 1-1 coaching sessions to help people go into the room with heightened confidence, improve their dating and conversational skills or anything else you feel will help. She uses a number of different techniques to do this, such as neuro and behavioural psychology, and has made numerous appearances on TV to share her expertise. She is currently the partner psychologist for Elite Singles too, basically she knows her stuff.
So why am I going? Well for me this is actually a better option than a speed dating event. There is no pressure to talk to someone you don’t like the look of, there will be lots of people in the same position and it’s in a bar. A comfortable setting will make it much easier for me attempt to relax into the whole experience. Almost like being on a regular night out but with an expert at hand to support, coach and encourage me through it. Who knows I may even find the man of my dreams.
The event is being held on 4th February and you can buy a ticket here. They cost just £20 at the moment and include a welcome glass of Prosecco. Will I see you at the bar?