I’ve always felt that the best matchmakers are the collaborative matchmakers. When I started my business, I couldn’t fathom not turning every stone to find a match for my client, even if it meant speaking to my competitor. Maybe they had a client who was a match for my client? Let me grab the phone and ask.
Prior to 2010, matchmakers in North America existed as little islands. It felt lonely to have a unique career and have no one to speak to to figure out what experiences were normal, weird, or justifiably frustrating.
In 2010, I created the Matchmakers Alliance. In its original form, it was a message board for professional matchmakers who wanted to help scout for their clients. Dating professionals also utilized the message boards to ask questions about business operations.
In 2012, we hosted our first conference. It was on a cruise. We called it the love boat.
In 2023, the Matchmakers Alliance is made up of over 400 professional matchmakers from around the globe.
And right now, 95 of them are currently with me in Cancun to attend the 12th annual Matchmakers Alliance Conference at Club Med.
And I’m talking about you! And all the fun things we can do together! Some of those talks involved matching you, of course. The conversations also include the podcast, Agape Escapes (more on that later) and even next month’s advent calendar opening. (I’m doing the Korres advent calendar this year with over 1000 of you! They restocked 500 more today if you’re interested in joining me as I open it on Instagram each day. Click here! )
Anyway, I am only on day one of the conference, and I’m learning so much from my colleagues and professionals, and I cannot wait to share them with you next week.
Here’s the Agape Team at the conference!
|Let’s Go To Greece Together!
Have you ever thought about how we lack so many opportunities in making friends as adults? And you have all those bucket list items (like going to Greece) you wish you could go with someone, but all of your someones are currently in the “busy period” at work, or saving for a honeymoon, or maybe they’re just not interested in traveling with you.
As a matchmaker, I don’t feel like I’m limited to only matching people for love. I find a greater sense of purpose expanding my matching to include people looking for new (and great!) friends… on the best week of their lives!
That’s what Escape 2 Paros is. And I’d love to have you join me next year! June 22-29, 2024
During this Escape, you’ll join the Agape Team and myself on a five star adventure to the island of Paros, located in the heart of the Cyclades Islands in Greece. Check out the itinerary and secure your spot by visiting https://www.agapeescapes.com/
This specific Escape is for women, and I have another Escape for men coming soon. I’ll keep you in the loop! If you have a question that is not answered on the website, please email me directly.
This is from Agape Escapes 2023!
|Ask a Matchmaker
LIVE Hotline episodes are coming back!
The next one will be recorded on November 16th at 9 pm EST. If you want to watch a LIVE taping of the podcast, you’ll be provided a Zoom link to join by registering for free here: https://agapematch.
This episode will feature Dr. Celeste Holbrook, a sex educator and speaker who has dedicated her life to helping people achieve pleasurable, connective sex through mental and behavioral changes. She speaks to audiences of all ages, diffusing the sensitive topic of sex through humor and a knack for making the awkward approachable.
You can find more information about Celeste on her website: www.drcelesteholbrook.com
If you’re located in NYC and have any sex-related questions you want to ask IN STUDIO, email reply to this newsletter. We would love to have you!
|Catch up on past episodes!
Here are the last few if you haven’t listened to them already:
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I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. My family and I dressed up in Super Mario costumes. Look at how cute we are!
|Let’s work together!
If you want to work with us but aren’t sure where to start, be sure to book a 30-minute Dating Strategy Call. We will walk through your dating history to help you understand your current dating experience. We’ll also help connect you with an Agape matchmaking program that’s the best fit for you and your goals.
Annnnddd last but not least… if you have a guy friend who you think could benefit from one of our consultations, please refer them by replying to this email! This is the perfect time for them to start thinking about what they want their dating lives to look like in 2024. We’re here to help!
Okay, that’s all for now. See you next week!
Matchmaker Maria (from Cancun!!!)