Contrary to urban myth, the personal section of most quality newspapers are full of likeminded individuals all looking for a partner to share their lives. Most personals are divided into sections based on sexual orientation and then sub divided by age.
Always state the age of the person you would like to meet. You can pick a broad range but keep it realistic or else your first date could look like a babysitting outing.
Don’t discard any replies that are not your ideal mate. You should aim to meet those that match the friendship criteria i.e. you are not attracted to them but would like to spend time with them based on their qualities.
People who fail to meet their partners via personal ads or dating sites are those that close their mind to the other opportunities available. Your new best friend could be into senior golf i.e. he or she could introduce you to a whole golf club of potential partner candidates.
When writing your senior dating personals, you need to put your positive thinking cap on. You are trying to sum up in a few little lines, all those great qualities that make you such an attractive date. Spend time drafting an outline and ask your friends to do the same. Then amalgamate the two and see what the final ad is like.
Proof read your ad several times, sleep on it and then proof read it again. Appearances matter only now you will be judged on your writing and editorial skills not your looks.
Avoid common platitudes. It can sometimes appear as if every single personal ad has a great sense of humour. Be original and a little different – that way you stand out and your ad has more chance of being read.
Post your ad in the correct paper – this may appear obvious but some people end up posting an ad in a paper whose target market doesn’t include their ideal partner.
Yes, you should have a fairly good idea of who your ideal partner would be. This way, you will write the ad targeted at that particular market.
Ok success – he or she has phoned in response to your ad. So what do you do now? Well obviously phone them back. Try to stay calm and reduce the nerves.
Always use a code to prevent your real number being revealed (safety, safety) and pick a time when you are feeling relaxed and happy. Keep the call light and obviously check that now is a good time for the other person to talk. Make arrangements to meet in a public place and then end the call.
Do not put pressure on yourself to get to know him/her over the phone. Some people cannot communicate via the phone and thus may not show their best side.
Senior dating personals just may be the road to your new life partnership.