How to Ditch the Apps and Date Offline – Last First Date

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Learn how to date offline in this episode of Radio One’s first date with Camille Virginia. She’s the expert on online dating!

Camille Virginia is the author of the best-selling book The Offline Dating Method – her 3-step process to help singles abandon apps and attract a partner in the real world. It is dedicated to helping people create more meaningful lives in the OFFline mode – yes even in the plague. She has appeared in media including The Atlantic, the BBC and USA Today.

In this episode of Last Date Radio Date:

  • Why connection is essential during the epidemic and beyond
  • How to go online with COVID restrictions
  • How Camille met 6 guys in six weeks in offline mode during the plague
  • How do you know someone’s single when you meet in reality
  • The 3-step offline dating method

EP # 476: Camille Virginia – How to turn off apps and stay offline (even in a plague!)

Why is a connection during COVID essential?

When we thought COVID would only be a few months in the spring of 2020, we thought it would be temporary. Now, 18 months have passed, and it is important to find the balance between maintaining safety and the need for a human connection.

How to go on a date offline during an epidemic or later?

It’s a matter of being directed. Follow your local government protocols, then find out what you are comfortable with. Work within these parameters. Maybe it’s a dog park. Or join a hiking group when the weather is nice. If you are comfortable being at a show or fair, this is a great place to meet. Get out there and connect with someone.

How did you meet six guys in six weeks in offline mode during an epidemic?

I met my ex-boyfriend in the summer of 2020 in an outdoor meeting with friends. We did a lot of things outside and went out for a year. Since it ended, I have met seven men offline. I felt lonely after our relationship ended, which pushed me to go to concerts, trips, the beach, a farmers market, and I met five new friends that evening.

How do you know if someone is single when you are offline?

Do not make a decision or judgment about other people. Address everyone with the same icebreaker. Ask about something in the area or comment on what they are wearing. If you see a wedding ring, ask how they got to know his wife.

How do people you meet in real life know that you are interested in dating?

Do not dwell on topics like weather or other things at the surface level. Get off the ice break and into a deeper connection. Ask ‘How is your day going?’ And look what they say. Ask an open-ended follow-up question and see if it is fascinating.

What are the 3 steps to attracting a great partner in offline mode?

The first is a magnetic approach. Dress for confidence and conversation. Put effort into your appearance everywhere you go. Wear something people might comment on, a hat or jewelry.

The second stage is effortless involvement. Use an occasional icebreaker, but not the same for everyone. Use something around you. Could be what they drink, what dog is theirs …

The third step is to ask out organically. Once you have spoken, ask about things they talk about. Ask about activities he likes. What does he do for fun? What is he doing this weekend? This will give you dating ideas. “I like to go hiking. Would you like to go hiking together for a while?”

What sets your book apart from all the other dating books out there?

This is the only exclusive online dating book. I am so passionate about all the opportunities for connection, even during an epidemic.

What are your last words of advice to anyone who wants to go on their last first date?

Be tuned, get out of your comfort zone. If you’re attracted to someone, explore contact. Keep track of your intuitive hits.

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