That's when a similar number of men and women get together in a public place and pair off for conversations that last five minutes before they move on to the next table and repeat the process.

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Real Art Ways, in a transformed industrial building in the Parkville neighborhood of Hartford, has been hosting successful third Thursday of each month creative cocktail hours for the past 12 years.

Taryn Bunger, communications manager at RAW, says "we get a huge mix of people, all ages, all backgrounds, many singles, up to 200 people attend our creative cocktail hour. Each month we have a different theme" and they offer drinks, finger foods and a chance to meet the artist whose work is on display in the gallery space.

It is incredibly diverse and inclusive, and everyone feels comfortable. Similarly, the New Britain Museum of American Art hosts First Fridays each month that include jazz, light refreshment, drinks and activities, including food tastings and dance lessons.

Blazynski says, "We offer personalized coaching, speed dating, happy hours at local Hartford area bars, and private matchmaking in which clients pay per date they go on.

We work with professionals and ages 25 to 35 and then 35 to 50 year olds." She also coaches clients on how to present themselves for dating, suggesting makeovers, a better haircut and even photographers for a more up to date portrait.

Some of the tips Blazynsky shares with her clients are "watch your posture, think about your life philosophy — be positive — you can change yourself, and try smiling!" That can be particularly useful advice for anyone about to try speed dating for the first time.We rely on professionals for everything these days, from cutting our hair and cleaning our houses to trimming the dog's toenails.So why not put yourself in the hands of professionals when it comes to your love life?It seems there have never been so many ways to look for a partner — online dating, singles bars, and restaurants with happy hours, life coaches, museum events for singles and even matchmakers.Jaimy Blazynski, The Date Doctor since 2005, has lots of tried and true advice for romantic success, and the wedding invitations and birth announcements to prove it.