If you're in one of those groups, you're probably hoping to find your special someone — and wondering, Where can he or she be?But take heart if online dating sites put you off, for many ordinary places make excellent potential meeting grounds.I teamed up with the popular website Bustle to contribute some ideas on concrete things you can do improve your dating life and meet other singles in real life (IRL), as well as ideas for interesting places to meet a new potential partner.I love that Bustle is doing something called App-less April, which is a challenge to delete your dating apps for a month, and I want to support this idea and challenge you to give it a try too!
But I do believe in this techno-centric world singles are losing important interpersonal skills, especially non-verbal behaviors such as how to look up from your phone, make eye contact, and smile.Plus, it’s way too easy to become addicted to dating apps, and to treat them as a game or ego boost.Isn’t the whole point of online dating to get offline and meet in person?Both were committed to their jobs, so they kept things secret for nearly a year, sitting apart at meetings and commuting to work separately — even after they had moved in together!Ultimately, Suzanne and Joe decided to get married, obviating the whole "workplace awkwardness" issue. When my daughter's friend lost her mother, I invited the widowed father to brunch.For instance, if you live an active lifestyle and desire someone physically fit, where might this type of person spend their time?you meet, but more so about being aware of your surroundings and being approachable.And if romance does bloom, it may be hard to do your jobs when you're preoccupied with arranging "alone time." But relationships can take root and thrive in this fertile meeting ground.My copywriter friend, Suzanne, started dating a fellow team member, Joe, at her advertising agency.You may have to stretch your normal behavior — that is, you may have to reach out, assert yourself, be creative, act strategically and think outside the box.But if you're willing to do all that, frequenting these six sites can boost your odds of a productive encounter: 1. Caution and discretion are required to sustain a relationship at the office — or in any other day-to-day workplace, for that matter. It can be difficult — even hellish — to face each other (just ask Bridget Jones).