By: Gena Grish (a blogger's review of Smart Dating Academy's program)
...So being the great friend that I (think I) am, I decided to push her [my friend Jamie] into the dating pool head first...and enlist some help from a real dating professional. I sat down at my computer and Googled the hell out of dating tips, coaches and professionals. To say that most of the websites I came across were cheesy is an understatement, that is, until one website, for Smart Dating Academy, caught my eye. When I read the first few lines on her website, "Smart Dating Academy helps busy, successful professionals jump-start their dating lives" I thought to myself, that's Jamie!! Done and done. I sent Jamie the link and with a little light (read: heavy) persuasion, I got her to email Bela.
I'm going to spare you with the details of the process, because if you're curious, which I know that you all are, you can go ahead and take a look at her website (there are extensive questionnaires, photo shoots, rewrites of your dating profile, books to read, email writing training and even something they call, "exit interviews"). What I can tell you is that I tagged along with Jamie to meet Bela and to see what all of the hype was about and she didn't disappoint. She was one of the most amazing, warm, bright and sweetest people that I have ever met. She immediately put us at ease, and I watched Jamie open up to a complete stranger within 20 minutes of meeting her in a way that she never has to me, her best friend....Since that meeting, Jamie's outlook on dating has done a complete 180.
...I had the privilege to speak with a handful of Bela's clients [to really check my gut] and it seems as if she has helped a lot of people become successful in love and lasting relationships. Let's be clear here, she's not a matchmaker. She's a dating coach. There is a big difference. Although she might be inclined to introduce you to a single friend if she thought you would be a good fit, she would rather coach people and provide them with the tools to be successful in dating/relationships so that when she's not around, they can continue to use those tools to become successful boyfriends/girlfriends, and if they are really lucky, husbands and wives.
I think what sets Bela apart from the rest of the people I found on my Google search is that she truly cares about every single person she works with and supports them every step of the way from start (setting up your online dating profile) to finish (finding a mate). She's like the Fairy Godmother of dating! She all but waved her magical wand and transformed Jamie into a completely different dater! All you single men and women out there, you might want to give her a ring, because if she can help jaded Jamie (Sorry J- you know I love you!), she can certainly help you! I'd really like to know where she was when I was single!? Then again, if I had known about her then, I guess we wouldn't have had this blog, would we?