There is no way I could have ever been a matchmaker if I did not self-identify as a “connector.” Funny enough, I read Gladwell’s The Tipping Point just after I had established my company and thought.. BINGO! That’s me! (Gladwell coined the term “connector,” among other personality identifiers.)
If there is one piece of knowledge I left with from this past week, it was this: Miami has a lot of prostitutes. Every man I met during the conference had a great story to share about their encounter with a hot young woman that turned out to be a prostitute during one of the event networking mixers or after parties. The consensus seemed to prove that the general rate of a “good time” in Miami is $500. So, there’s that.
Then there is also this really ridiculous swag one could expect from an internet dating conference in Miami. Here I am with “flirting expert,” Rachel and Canada’s new matchmaker, Robin. Those are mouse pads by the way.
Meeting with my fellow matchmakers and dating coaches, some I already knew, some I’ve never had the honor of meeting, and some just entering the industry, remind me why I became a matchmaker, and it’s being in their company that makes me so proud to call myself one.
Here I am with two of my most favorite matchmakers ever, Laurie and Michelle, looking all Miami.
I did not win any of the three awards I was nominated for- Most Innovative Company, Best Dating Site Design, and Best Matchmaker. Ah well. The truth is, I am totally honored for having been nominated. I’m 27. My business is just three years old, dynamically evolving and expanding, and it feels like I’ve made enough waves to sustain the splash. I’m so happy for the network of friends and colleagues that I have surrounded myself with. Their support this week, especially at the iDate Awards and during my speech, was inspiring to do better and work harder. PS You remember that Friends episode where Joey loses a Soapie? My gracious clap was legit.
As anyone who’s ever attended any sort of conference or convention will tell you, it’s all about the networking. My networking skills were pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. I am pretty sure I said my 18 second elevator pitch about 110 times, and this is only an estimation based on how many business cards I seem to have hoarded in my purse in just a few days. Ha! Splish, splash.
I’m looking forward to the next industry related conference, where matchmakers-and-dating-coaches-get-together-in-May-and-go-on-a-cruise-to-the-Bahamas. I just cannot wait to see everyone again!
As many of you know, I host this really awesome dinner party every first week of the month, cleverly named Dinner with Strangers. It’s fun, it’s light, and there’s plenty of awesome food and great company to go around.
The next installment of Dinner with Strangers will take place at Sofia’s Restaurant, which will feature Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & ’30sfor your dining and dancing pleasure. [Perhaps we should name this month’s event Dancing with Strangers?]
Dinner with Strangers - February Edition is set for Tuesday, January 31. I realize that the February edition is not in the actual month of February, but I guess we’re just going to have to live with that. :-P
Just went through a Google wormhole. Like a Wikipedia wormhole, where you look up one thing and end up 2 hours deep into some article about transverse waves, a Google wormhole is sort of the same but worse, in the sense that curiosity has a probability of leaving a weird taste in your mouth.
Right. My Google wormhole caused me to cancel all Friday night plans. No real legitmate reason at all. I think the weird taste in my mouth isn’t of the information I wondered onto, but more or less that I just realized it’s Friday night, and I spent the last hours of Friday the 13th Googling away.
Okay, kiddos. Who’s going? I arrive on the 22nd and depart on the 26th.
I’ll be speaking at the iDate Conference on Niche Matchmaking Business Strategies: The Greek Market. Kinda really psyched to be speaking this year because holy-moly-have-you-checked-out-who-else-is-speaking-this-year? Seriously honored to be in the company of such creative and ambitious individuals.
Let’s not forget! My company is nominated for three awards this year: Best Matchmaker, Best Dating Site Design, and Most Innovative Company. I want to thank everyone who voted for Agape Match. Obviously, I hope I win, but again, truly honored to just be nominated with such awesome people and organizations. *Crossing fingers!*
If you’re attending, please reach out to me. Your best bet is to stalk me on Twitter that week and track me down. I love meeting people “in the biz” of love.
The Expected Resolution: Lose those 20 pounds I put on in 2011. After weird surgeries, torn ACL nonsense, and geographical immobility/ mass mobility(?), I definitely need to get my work-out on. I’ve enlisted a new trainer, bounced on a new nutrition program, and a downloaded a new work-out mix. 2012 is going to just look sexy.
Speaking of sexy…
The Sexy Resolution: More kisses, damn-it. 2011 was particularly hard on my personal life, not that there are any real complaints. I finished my graduate thesis and my company moved into its new home at 521 Fifth Ave. So, yay for that! But 2012 needs more kisses. And by more, I mean quality, not quantity. I’m not some emotionally eager hussy.
The Business Resolution: Agape Match is extending its wings- full speed ahead, or some other transportation reference to demonstrate that Holy-Snaps-We’re-Growing! There’s so much I want to say here, and I’m not even legally allowed to just yet. Shoot. Here’s a hint: I’m writing. Boom!
The Friends 4Eva Resolution: The problem with my thesis was that it consumed my entire being the last few months. I used to be a brunch fanatic. My poor stomach has been cheated out of glorious Mayan omelets and Bloody Marys. So, let me extend this opportunity to my friends I’ve simply ignored the last few months and say, “Hey! Remember me? Let’s get our brunch on. Our friendship needs it. So does my taste palette.” The “Friends 4Eva” resolution will also extend to the following activities: Monopoly tournaments in Central Park (remember those?), Poker Nights (AKA Give Maria your money.) and Karaoke. (You are not allowed to sing anything shitty on Karaoke night. Our friendship will suffer if you let me down.)
The New Activity Resolution: I really want to finally begin taking advantage of my awesome scrap-booking collection. (God. I’m old.) I can make fancy cards and corky correspondence letters. (I’ll break this resolution first.) I also want to begin kayaking in the Hudson River like a crazy person who wants radiation poisoning. I’m like.. in an actual kayaking club and I’ve yet to touch a paddle since 1997 because I’ve yet to make it out to an actual gathering. Gah!