When the allotted time is up, the host will ring a buzzer or bell signifying that it is time to move to the next date.At the end of the event, participants write down the names of anyone they are interested in; if there is a match, the host will forward contact information to both people within a day or so.
There are many companies that offer speed-dating services and just about as many different techniques.
The individuals sit across from one another and after the set time period--generally one or two minutes--the outside circle of people gets up and moves in one direction around the circle until everyone has met.
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This table-hopping method has been compared to musical chairs.
The difference is, when the bell rings or buzzer sounds, the next seat the dater takes is predetermined.