33418 -- I began realizing one morning that I seemed to be 'bugging' anyone and everyone I knew if they "knew someone" for me! It then hit me that I am asking all these folks to play "matchmaker" for me and that there has got to be a better way of doing this, i.e., finding a reputable matchmaking professional. That I am now 58 as of last December and still haven't found "my guy" and thoughts of "What am I going to do about this?" Like really, what am I going to do to change this. I needed help. The online websites just didn't work for me - even with awesome professional pictures taken.
The only responses I was getting were from people "phishing". I think too, these website work against me because I am forced to select the dreaded "never been married" category - which is unfortunate. There is nothing wrong with me except for life circumstances resulting in my just not finding my guy - yet. I am not "picky" nor "over critical", but folks seeing that I am 58 and never been married, I believe was working against me. I need a middle person to explain this to a possible match so that they could explain. With Master Matchmakers, I loved the fact that they were seriously interested and genuinely concerned about "me".
Without having known them for very long, I "got" that they really cared and were very concerned about me as a person. They really came out too during our "Boundary" session work, where they wanted to ensure that I never forget that I have "complete ownership, power, authority and control over myself" no matter what and no matter with whom. We also talked about various strategies that I could use if I ever feel uncomfortable or not sure of anything. The usefulness, targeted approach, and practically of my sessions with my coach were often better than some therapists that I worked with for years.
My coach always made it apparent to me that the work we are doing is to help me be a better, whole, and healthy person - regardless of how I meet my guy. The sessions were not just a marketing strategy of some kind; these sessions were a true investment of their time to get to know me along with help me identify anything that might work against me in my wanting to build a relationship with any man - regardless if I met them through MM.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA -- I did not want to do an online matching site. There is no guarantee that a potential match is being truthful. I felt more comfortable with a service that does background checks and verifies the information provided. I enjoyed the fact that my coach asked very specific questions and directed me to consider how to approach and interact with a potential match and ways to detect deception in the answers.
I feel more confident in my ability to be outgoing and open to the future. I can be a little skeptical about other people, but I feel more confident in being able to read people through facial expressions and mannerisms. The coaching has been a very enjoyable experience for me. I felt my coach's concern and caring in every lesson in making the experience not only helpful but also fun.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA -- In my almost 10 year search for a compatible mate I have tried several different venues for meeting women, including online dating websites, speed dating, and other social groups. Thus far none have provided a sufficiently targeted focused approach to help ensure that all dates are truly viable. I have chosen MM for several reasons, first because I believe that they have a vested interest in successful matching, second, the process is personalized with an approach that helps ensure more quality matches that are truly interested in pursuing a committed relationship and also the added benefit of input and feedback in coaching to help me become the best that I can be.
I have appreciated the exercises and especially the feedback with subsequent discussions with my coach. The approach is direct and most of the time seems to be right on, confirming feelings that I have had about myself. There was plenty of positive and needs to work on items to help me want to keep working on improvement.
I have already begun implementing changes to my communication and listening skills when talking to others, dating and at work. I have begun the process of establishing specific definitive goals in all areas of my life to include finding the right mate and marriage. I am expecting to enjoy the improvement and benefit of having a super compatible mate in my life in the really near future!!!
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA -- I met Cindy ** from a dear friend after a recent break up. The conversation we had about Master Matchmakers left a good impression with me. I had recently come out of a relationship and was discouraged about the possibility meeting a partner with similar interest. Once I learned about the process at Matchmakers and further conversation with Cindy, I thought it would be a good fit for me.
It was the coaching originally that made me want to join and felt that I could benefit from at least that aspect not sure if I wanted to go further. I finally decided to go with the full membership and hope to continue to have a great experience as I have thus far. The work I did with my coach was truly enjoyable. She has such a nice way about her. Even from the first session she made me feel very comfortable which easily allowed me to reveal my weaknesses and strengths without feeling judged.
She has helped me work through very significant issues that I have had in past relationships. I have realized that my happiness comes first and it's okay to be alone rather than be in a relationship with issues. I have realized that compromising does not mean that I have to forfeit my hobbies, plans, or ideals. I have also learned how to be a good detective, pick up on the red flags, and stick to my plan for a healthy future relationship. I looked forward to our sessions every week and learned so much from my coach. The exercises were very thought provoking and the readings were also helpful.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Joann and my work with Carol has been life altering!!! Carol was the best coach in pointing out my weaknesses and strengths in relationships and what I need to do moving forward. I have really turned a corner... thanks so much to Carol and the entire team!!! Carol, I will miss all your amazing analogies going forward; but I will stay in my canoe and keep my armor on or near to me, amazing!! So glad you request the coaching... she has been an amazing tool in changing how I think and approach life, relationships and even my career!! I have had it in me, she always found a way to bring out the best in me!!
Carol is very gentle, patient and totally "gets me"!!! What a whirlwind job she did in getting me to look into places that I did not think about, will make me a much better person and a great mate. It was there all the time, just misplaced!! I've learned about seeing the red flags and acting appropriately instead of settling!! Being able to say Bye Bye to those that do not deserve the amazing woman that I am and have always been, seeing the forest through the trees!!
PALM BEACH GARDENS -- I had met several men who were not ambitious, with their professional or personal life. I had also met men that wanted a casual relationship instead of a serious committed relationship. The other problem I ran into with Match.com or Bumble is that the men were not as advertised (shorter in person, no job, pictures were years old etc.). Master Matchmakers has helped me combat these challenges. My coach Stephanie really helped shine light into some things I was inadvertently doing that could have been an obstacle in my attempts to date or meet new people. I felt like I learned how to present myself more clearly, use my feminine energy, and be more open.
Master Matchmakers was able to introduce me to a man that has already been vetted and wants similar things that I do. My coach Stephanie did a good job to bring awareness on my good and bad qualities. She gave excellent advice. She was very clear on what each step was and what to expect, how to be prepared, and things to reflect upon or work on for each chat. I am so thankful to Master Matchmakers!
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA -- I have tried online dating and just found it very difficult to find any mature or attractive men. Also, it seemed that people had quite short attention spans in the rare instances when you did find someone potentially interesting. Getting introductions to men ready to have a serious relationship and who are successful in their lives is very appealing to me. The idea of coaching worried me a bit at first as I felt like I might be being judged or that it would be a therapy session. I guess I figured I didn't have any real issues with dating in my mind (in terms of how to handle myself), so wasn't sure I needed it.
BUT, the experience, due to my coach and her approach, was a bit transformative! I can't say thank you enough. MM really seemed to quickly understand me as a person and I was amazed at some of the things my coach hit on so well, particularly the fact that I have a hard time receiving rather than giving and that maybe even sometimes I feel guilty focusing on personal happiness rather than a bigger cause. I also have been interested in feminine versus masculine energy and needing to focus more on traditional roles (something I lacked in my long-term relationship) and appreciated being able to speak to this exact idea.
In addition, I really appreciate my coach's usage of Buddhist type philosophies on the universe such as abundance, gratitude, and synchronicity as this is a way of thinking I am trying to embrace more and more. My coach was also so intuitive and down to earth that I ended up telling her some personal things I really didn't think I would get into and some of her comments really helped me see these in an important new perspective (with perhaps some healing).
So, thank you!! I have learned through this experience the potential purposes of a soul mate and moving on, that it is okay to focus on finding a partner at this stage of life, and learning how to show my feminine energy. Thanks again. I definitely didn't expect these sessions to be so enjoyable in terms of the way I look at my life in general! MM was fantastic throughout the process!
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- I came to Master Matchmakers so I could begin to date better. Internet dating was really wearing me down mentally. I knew I was ready for a serious change in my dating behaviors. I knew I needed help and hoped Master Matchmakers would help, which they have. I had my last straw when I was disrespected by a guy I met offline during our course of dating. I knew I deserved better and that I couldn't give up nor continue to ride this same dating path. Talking to Cindy helped confirm that. I was too embarrassed to talk, tell friends and not because it was happening before, but just shame.
I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I got in touch with Cindy at the right time. My coach Carol's approach was extremely nurturing and honest. She made me feel comfortable talking about certain past situations which allowed me to heal. There were so many aspects of my past that she had me address. I really enjoyed our time together. Our sessions helped me so much. You helped me understand how healthy it is to switch roles and to feel how to be angry over shameful. It was truly nice having Carol to talk to and be able to open up to. She opened my eyes to a new way of thinking in dating.
I am more aware of what I now need and want out of a relationship. The improvements I have made include building my self esteem and courage to say "No" to what I don't want or need in my life, how to check for red flags on the first date and not to waste his or my time, and how to find excitement in other ways from a guy, instead of going for that bad boy image that is just no good for me. It has overall been an amazing experience!
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- I finally found 'Master Matchmakers'. Not only was it exactly what I was looking for, but it has also turned out to be a real godsend in my life. When I first called in, the front office assistant transferred me to Steve and I left a message. To my surprise, Steve texted me back right away and immediately followed with a phone call. I was really hurting at the time and Steve was so kind and professional and talked with me for a long while. He said he understood what I was going through and really thought he and the team could help me immensely.
He took the time to explain every detail about your program, and I was so impressed that the CEO would take time out to talk with 'some guy' on the phone. I knew immediately that I had found the right fit for me. I had a similar experience with JoAnn who had me text and talk with her on the phone (on Sat her day off). I thought, who does that? Like Steven, she was very empathetic and could relate to how I was feeling. She told me she had the perfect coach for me.
My goodness, was she ever right! Stephanie first sent me a very welcoming email and told me you had talked with Steven and JoAnn, and found out a little about me. It was immediately comforting to know that Steph and the team were excited to be working with me. I found the email to be very pleasant and I instinctively knew that I was with the most beneficial coach for my situation.
I enjoyed the fact that our coaching sessions always seemed to interconnect perfectly, with the times I needed a pep talk or was feeling upset or down. Stephanie was always so kind and encouraging, but also true to a fault. I really enjoyed learning more about myself and areas I need to work on, in order to be a better person and specifically a better relationship partner.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA -- My attempt at online dating revealed a lot of shady characters that use fake photos, and other information and ‘fish' for women and this is what they do full time. Thank God for Master Matchmakers. They not only would create opportunities for me with well vetted individuals, they gave me all the feedback and constructive criticism I could ever ask for. JoAnn and Steven Ward run this business day in and day out as a terrific mother-son team. They personally see to it that the customer comes first. Not every customer is a walk in the park. If you can appreciate the effort and hold yourself accountable for your end of the bargain, you can't lose by working with them.
I like to be good at everything I do, so it made sense to work on me and go through the coaching before endeavoring back into the online dating site arena. They helped me appreciate my strengths, and reassured me that I do not need to change just perhaps take a step back and see the whole picture. The most important thing – is that I needed an advocate to help me keep in mind what I've learned about me and my needs (sometimes I focus too much on other people's needs). So after 4 dates, I have a clearer picture of exactly what that is, I am able to articulate it, and I feel more confident in the process.
For me I feel this process has opened both eyes: I need to be clear, confident, and know what I want. I was rather naive in thinking that initially I knew that, but this was not the case! It was easy to open up to the team at Master Matchmakers. They were positive and diplomatic, and good listeners. I think the SKYPE sessions initially scared me, but I enjoyed them and like dating, once you do it, it gets easier. Having a different perspective is always beneficial and although it may be brutally honest, it was worthwhile. Thank you Master Matchmakers!