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My free time involves hiking, cooking for my friends, and reading. She mentions a woman with questionable hygiene who attended one of her events and didn't get a single match. She remembers this because it was one of only two times it's happened. So that woman might need to come along to 15 gatherings before she finds someone with whom she feels she might resonate. Some of us find it easier to fit in with a crowd, while others are unique and it will take them longer to find their own tribe. If one friend is considered enough, then Nicola from Tauranga hit the jackpot when she attended one of Sarah's events last year, ending up with a small gang of like minded companions.

Nicola and her husband abandoned Auckland's overheated housing market for Tauranga four years ago.

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For a long time, she thought she'd made a mistake. In Auckland, she'd had plenty of friends she'd made through her children's school, and at work. However, in her late 40s, with grown up children and an illness that left her unable to work, she felt isolated.

While her husband is "lovely and supportive," he works away a lot, she tells me on the phone. This took a toll on her mental health, and her marriage. I thought about leaving him and going back to Auckland to live with my kids. Last September she signed up for a local speed dating event. She was excited, but when the day came she nearly bailed out.

The thought of putting herself out there was terrifying.

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What if nobody writes my name down? What if no one's interested in meeting up with me again? Happily, Nicola received three matches out of the six names she wrote down. The four women ended up forming a small group, and seven months later they meet regularly for dinner or local events. The speed dating saved me from myself, and probably saved my marriage. While one match is enough, there are things you can do to improve your chances of making a connection, Sarah says.

To make a good impression, she advises women to be curious and interested. Make them feel memorable.

Then, when your new friend is enjoying the conversation, make your exit. Say, 'hey great to see you, gotta go! Leave on a high note. I call Erin James, who went to a speed dating event in February, and ask her if the five-minute chat format is a solid enough foundation for a lasting friendship.

The year-old moved to Christchurch from Auckland in January. Determined to avoid the unrooted feeling that comes from leaving an established network and transplanting yourself somewhere, the stay-at-home mum put making friends at the top of her to-do list. Erin turned to the internet to look for ways to make friends, and discovered an upcoming friendship speed dating event. It's not something I would normally think of doing, it was out of my comfort zone.

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The main worry was the thought of being judged by strangers, she says. As much as we don't want to admit it, as social beings we are very quick to judge.

There were a few people that I thought, I'm going to clash with that personality. And then there were people I could see myself having a coffee with and getting to know better. Of the four matches she made, Erin's been in touch with two for coffee, and a third she now counts as a close friend. Sarah has big plans for The School of Feminine Arts. She's working on building her online community, with plans to hold virtual speed dating sessions.