But the problem is, how do you meet them in the first place?
Sure there are ways--bars, blind dates, dating services, online, etc.
One of them I had a lot in common with (same profession, mostly) and just good conversation in general, but I wasn't physically attracted to him -- so no dice.
A couple women who were there just up and left right in the middle of it. I'm good at asking questions and taking an interest in what people do, what their hobbies and interests are, etc., and following up with questions based on what they say.
This is the purpose of speed dating events to bring multiple singles together in order to find other singles they would like to know better and set up real dates with.