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"Now you know where to find them — they'll be at the dog beach, at NRL games or dance classes," she says."If you like a guy with muscles, join a gym.""You're doing things that excite you, but things like meet-up groups have a strong tilt towards single people anyway, because people in relationships tend not to engage in as many of these activities."Ms Luscombe says if you meet someone in the process, you'll have an immediate common interest."If you like singing lessons or horse riding, playing pool or listening to live music, somebody in that room also loves what you do.""Don't look at your phone, or your feet or the ground. Making eye contact is really important."If you spot someone you might like to engage with, create an opportunity to talk to them, Ms Chan says."Women especially are terrified of rejection, so you need to engineer an opportunity."The ladies in Victorian days, if they wanted the attention of men they dropped a handkerchief, so men would pick it up and bring it to them."Recently Ms Chan parked in front of a truck driver while she was unloading boxes for a singles event, and even though there was heaps of space for him to get out, she struck up a conversation by asking, "Have I left you enough room?
""Next minute he wants to help me carry the boxes," she says.
Recently, Queensland police warned that dating sites were "creating a problem", by enabling predators to target potential victims.
Queer-friendly relationship coach Megan Luscombe says bad experiences are turning people off."A lot of people have been burnt in that scenario and decide to get back to basics of what dating used to be about — actually having conversations."Then there's the question of safety.But for some singles, who are worried about misleading profiles as well as their own privacy and safety, finding a partner IRL still sounds pretty good.So, how do you find a date offline without leaving it to chance?So if you've given up on apps, or never tried them, here are three ways to up your chances of finding someone you like.Ms Chan says the more detailed you can be, the better: where would you like your potential partner to live, in what type of house, do they have a dog, what type of dog, do they like wine or beer, do they watch sport, do they have few friends or lots of friends?