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Everybody prepares for dates in different ways, but the unique structure of speed dating demands that you at least have some idea of your dating preferences. Before you go into the session, develop an idea of your likes and dislikes. It may help to make a list -- write down personality quirks that annoy you and any potential "deal breakers" -- traits or habits that you would never want to find in a person you date. If any of your speed dates display these traits, then you can quickly eliminate them as viable companions. It also helps to compile a short mental list of positive traits, either things that you like, or things that you would like to experience when dating. Remember, it never hurts to be a little adventurous.