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February 2, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

Social Media Affecting the Way We Date

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Maria Avgitidis, whis a matchmaker and dating coach in New York City joins the show. She discusses the dating scene in New York and its culture, dating ideas and how social media is affecting how we date today.


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Maria Avgitidis, or "The Date Coach", provides solutions in dating and relationships. As a fourth generation matchmaker, and founder of Agape Match, a full scale matchmaking firm based in NYC, Maria is an astute observer of how various personality types interact with each other. Together these skills allow her to find and nurture romantic relationships for her clients, and often help improve their platonic relationships as well. More information can be found out about Maria at MariaTheDateCoach.com and Agapematch.com.


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Maria Avgitidis discusses the following on this eHealth Radio Episode

  • How did you become a matchmaker?
  • What does Agape mean in Agape Match? [your matchmaking firm]
  • What is the hardest part about dating in NYC?
  • How has social media affected the way we date?
  • Valentine's Day is coming up... Do you celebrate even if you've only gone on 1 or 2 dates?
  • Favorite Date Ideas in NYC
  • Don't Miss Special Conclusion Tip...


Web Sites:
MariaTheDateCoach.com
AgapeMatch.com


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January 31, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

The Ladder of Love

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Gabriella Hartwell, an Intuitive Relationship Life Coach and Author of the book "You Find Your Soul Mate When You Let Go of Searching" joined the show.


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Gabriella Hartwell is an Intuitive Relationship Life Coach that resides on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and has been helping people with their relationships for many years now. People are naturally drawn to her compassionate, understanding and calm demeanor. She believes in the power of love and its capacity to allow the heart to heal so that it can embrace the love within and draw the love from others as well.

Gabriella is the Author of the book You Find Your Soul Mate When You Let Go of Searching and is currently writing her second book due out by October 2011, titled Rising Up the Ladder of Love: From Soul Mates to Twin Flame.

She is dedicated to helping you embrace the intense love that is waiting just over the horizon. In order to do so, it is important to realize that you deserve a life of happiness and to let go of the fear that stops you from walking into your destiny.

Gabriella also has a weekly radio show, an interactive blog on her website, free newsletter, live interactive chats to answer your questions and so much more. For more information visit EmergingSoul.com.


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Gabriella Hartwell discusses the following on this eHealth Radio Episode:

  • Your book is titled, "You Find Your Soul Mate When You Let Go of Searching", can you tell us how you suggest people let go of searching for love?
  • You mention the “ladder of love,” that there is a process to relationships, can you share this in more detail?
  • Even though there is more than one soul mate, should people still be looking for that special one, for their twin flame?
  • On your website, you say that twin flames are never separated, what do you mean by this?
  • What would you say to those who say they have been waiting and waiting for their twin flame and they are tired of waiting?
  • Don't Miss Special Conclusion Tip...


Web Site:
EmergingSoul.com


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December 2, 2010 @ 11:47 am

Making Sense of Your Personal and Professional Relationships

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Co-Founder of MoonIt.com - Dana Kanze joined eHealth Radio.

Prior to launching Moonit, Dana served as a Director of Winterberry Group, a strategic consultancy catering to the marketing services and technology industry. During her three years at the firm, she led research and buyside strategic advisory efforts for a wide variety of the firm’s engagements, including those serving clients in the digital media and private equity sectors.

She is the author of white papers “Digital Marketing Services Transaction Activity: Transforming the Marketing Landscape” and “The Evolving Role of Direct Response Television in Multichannel Marketing Execution,” sponsored by the Electronic Retailing Association. Dana’s speaking engagements include a keynote speech at the Direct to Consumer 2.0 and Beyond Conference and ERA’s 17th Annual Convention.

Prior to Winterberry Group, Dana honed her skill set during a five-year career in Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank and Smith Barney Equity Research divisions. An NASD Series 7 securities certification holder, Dana graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in economics and concentration in management from the Wharton School and concurrent minor in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Partial Transcript of Interview with Dana Kazne of MoonIt.com

Eric Michaels: Tell us what Moonit.com is all about?

Dana Kanze: Our mission at MoonIt is better relationships through astrology. We help people make sense of their personal and professional relationships by providing them with relationship compatibility readings and daily relationship horoscope alerts based on birth date analysis.

Eric Michaels: So what was the inspiration behind the creating of MoonIt.com?

Dana Kanze: My co-founders and I at MoonIt have always had a passion for astrology but we found that the information provided online was rather inaccurate or over generalized or not very entertaining so we set out to provide users with tangible advice that they could take away with them to improve their relationships and make sense of them every day.

Eric Michaels: Would someone need to believe in the dynamics or be into astrology to become a part of this?

Dana Kanze: Well that is an interesting question. We find that our users are those who are grappling with relationship issues. Whether they believe in astrology or not they are really looking for answers from any source out there and we happen to be a useful tool in their tool kit - that's how we think of ourselves. As they seek out all different types of resources to make sense of their past relationships or breakups or feel out a current relationship we are there for them and are able to provide for them with answers in the form of these relationship compatibility assessments which are 200 - 300 words long and they have a quantitative component of 1 - 100 percent that tells you of your compatibility on a quantitative percentage scale. There is also a qualitative version of it that tells you what to look out for, what to appreciate more about your relationship and what's in store for you in someone else. What we find after a user tries us and this offering, and the relationship compatibility assessment resonates with them, they are likely to feel that we are a trusted source for information and they are likely to sign up for daily horoscope alerts that let them know what's in store for that relationship every day.

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Dana Kanze discusses & answers:

- How the "Matchmaker" game integrated with friends on Facebook works.

- Unique membership features of Moonit?

- And a Special Tip...


Bonus: To get your relationship compatibility, go to www.moonit.com or text LOVE to 97124 to sign up for relationship horoscope alerts!


Connecting with MoonIt:

MoonIt.com

Facebook Fan Page - MoonIt

Twitter.com/MoonTweets


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November 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

Have Your Mother Set You Up!

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Colby Brin joined eHealth Radio to talk about him being the co-founder and director of DateMySingleKid.com, the innovative online dating website which allows FabOverFifty (FOF) moms to play matchmaker for their adult children. Unlike other dating sites, whose members interact and make their own matches, DateMySingleKid.com connects FOF moms and engages them in conversation to determine if there’s a prospective match between their children.  Once the moms feel comfortable about a potential fit, they turn the reigns over to their kids. Under Colby’s direction, the site blends old world tradition with today’s modern technology and has quickly become an overnight sensation. Nearly 1,000 moms from around the world have posted their kids’ profiles since it launched on July 6, 2010.

Colby advises website management and has expanded the site to appeal to an international audience, from countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands. Italy, the UK and Columbia.  He has played an integral role in updating the site’s technology, appearance and resources, such as increasing browsing capabilities so moms can easily search kid’s profiles. Colby also acts as a liaison for matchmaking parents, offering advice and tips to help facilitate the best matches. As a client of the site, he’s gone on dates his mother has helped arrange. This aids his site research and development as well as enhances his perspective on dating, matchmaking and relationships.

Through his professional and personal relationship with DateMySingleKid.com, Colby has inadvertently become a relationship expert in his own right, offering advice on love, dating and relationships to new and older generations of men and women.  He has recently appeared on programs including Today Show, Gayle King Radio Show, and WPIX to discuss the site and relationship matters.

Colby co-founded DateMySingleKid.com with his mother, Geri Brin, as a subsite to FabOverFifty.com, which celebrates the dynamic generation of baby boomer women.  An interactive space, FOF invites its members to promote their passion projects and businesses and share their wisdom and fab faves on everything from restaurants to nail salons, local gourmet treats to trainers. It also features original and well-researched content on a spectrum of subjects relevant to their lives, from health and beauty to finances and fashion.

Colby is about to earn a Master’s degree in Sports Media from New York University. He has also worked in finance and non-profit arenas and was a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers for several years. Colby was born and raised in Manhattan and currently resides in Brooklyn with his Russian Blue cat, Brady.


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eHealth Radio Partial Transcript with Colby Brin

Eric Michaels: Tell us about the site you started DateMySingleKid.com?

Colby Brin: Well my Mom actually started a web site for women over fifty called FabOverFifty.com. It's a beauty, lifestyle, health, nutrition and networking site for women. My mom, for pretty much the last ten years whenever she meets women her age ask if they have a single daughter that she could fix me up with and when she was starting this web site she noticed that a lot of other women on the web site had similar interest in matchmaking for their kids so she thought since they were already doing an offline why not off a feature to do dating online and that was when DateMySingleKid.com was born. So that's a section of the site and I guess I was kind of the inspiration for it and now I've become the director of it and also the poster child.

Eric Michaels: Why do you think mom is a great matchmaker?

Colby Brin: I think that mom's know you very well. They raised you and I know at least my mom is also one of my best friends so she knows me very well. She is also a little older and a little wiser so I am more inclined to look for people or women that I really want not necessarily looking long term relationship potential so she is better at finding what I need. She might fix me up with people who I wouldn't otherwise go out with. Also my friends set me up so every bit helps its just like adding mom into the mix of helping me cast a wider net and you add all that together and it broadens the chance of finding that special person.

Eric Michaels: What would you tell a kid who was reluctant to have their mom set them up?

Colby Brin: I get that question a lot. I would say there is no harm and nothing to lose. Some may be embarrassed to go out with someone that their mom set them up with or for their mom to put them out there. I think times have really changed  - there is quote regular online dating and people are a lot more liberal how they meet people or people are very busy and don't have time to meet people...

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Colby Brin discusses & answers:

- Are mom's are tapping into your service more for their sons or more for their daughters?

- Talks about the content on the site - Style Blog, Facts of Life, Finds, Geri's Diary, Deal of the Day and even a Fab Shop.

- And a Special Tip...

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November 24, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Inner Circle Matchmaking & Dating

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Relationship Coach Jeanne Monet Roberson joins the show to talk about relationships, matchmaking, her service/client types and dating. Her niche is the 30+ African American affluent but her service and business is privately channeled via small social circles in various cities/organizations.  All members must be referred in, and we do not take "public" memberships, as everyone who uses our matchmaking service is basically connected to someone that knows someone within those respective circles. And yes, we screen, interrogate, research and analyze THOROUGHLY!!! If you'd like to know a little more about Jeanne, she can be Googled-- "Jeanne Monet Roberson" or "Monet Jeanne Roberson". She is a former news reporter and media advisor in addition to owning several successful businesses.

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In our interview with Jeanne Monet Roberson, she explains that there is no such thing as a perfect match. What matters in finding your mate is their values, their goals, how they see themselves long term 5 to 15 years, those things must be in sync. You don't want a man that is going to say that he will pursue his acting career for the next fifteen years of his life while the woman is saying she is focused on building her corporation for the next fifteen years with her husband by her side.  They may have the same exact background, exact same upbringing, the exact same economic status, they may have everything else in common but if those two things are not in synch it is a disaster waiting to happen. It all boils down to values and equally the same long term vision for the relationship to have a valid chance.

Eric Michaels ask, "As a relationship coach, your niche is the 30+ African American affluent - what do those consist of? Jeanne responds with professionals such as lawyers, politicians, doctors, nurses, corporate big wigs...Eric confirms whether or not there are any clients of hers that are professional athletes and Jeanne says she currently has two clients that are and they are very serious and not playing the field. Believe it or not a lot of high profile names such as musicians, athletes or actors prefer to use their services because they do not want to feel as though whoever they meet is after their name or title. In looking to match people together we do not disclose names initially so that they are matched more accurately by who they say they are.

Eric ask Jeanne,  "What is your take on offline vs online dating? Her response was; I have many many many opinions about that. She says online does have its advantages to a small degree. You are able to screen hundreds of people. You can find what matches you best on paper. When you actually sit down with that online find in person, it can be a totally different situation with personalities clashing. Our company can sit down and decipher the best match. Online dating can be extremely misleading and dangerous and it's much easier to find a more genuine match offline than online.

When asked how she would help an African American client who is desiring a white male or female relationship or a white client looking for an African American....does that make your work difficult? Jeanne answered with it doesn't make it difficult. Our service is 100% geared to African American clients. Because our network is tied in and with people that know people we refer you to another source for that situation.

In regards to your first date Jeanne says having sex on the first date is a BIG NO NO! After getting feedback from dates on their match making service a major issue that is not reccomended is disclosing too much information about yourself on the 1st date. Can be a very negative first impression. Keeping it light and fun and just simply enjoy yourself is the best approach on going out on a 1st date.

Jeanne can be contacted directly at monetpr@aol.com.

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November 16, 2010 @ 11:52 am

From Attorney to Matchmaker

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CEO of Intersections Match Jasbina Ahluwalia joined the show. The uniqueness of Intersections is in part a function of its Founder, Jasbina Ahluwalia. As a former practicing lawyer holding a graduate degree in philosophy, Jasbina can relate first-hand to the demands and challenges facing her accomplished clients.

Having found her special someone, Jasbina can also relate first-hand to the challenge of juggling professional, social, and personal demands. Jasbina’s first-hand experience motivated her to create a premium service which could be effectively leveraged by selective professionals wishing to focus on finding that special someone, while at the same time maintaining demanding schedules. As a second-generation Indian-American raised in the U.S., Jasbina has a unique understanding of the successful blending of Indian and American cultures. Previously Jasbina practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago. Jasbina has a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Part of Interview:

Eric: What are some ways for both men and women to increase the chances of meeting someone?

Jasbina: Importantly, relationship minded singles should be pro-active as possible in the relationship arena of their lives. Just as in other areas of life as they achieve their goals, both men and women should make sure they align their actions with a goal of finding a partner. Here are some suggestions for concrete action both men and women can take. First cast a wider net. What I mean by that is just be opened minded to prospective partners beyond the type you maybe currently restricting yourself. I also ask that people prioritize their essentials, must haves in term of a partner and be as flexible as possible to areas outside of those essentials. Second concrete action is to let everyone in your life know that you are completely open to being introduced. It is interesting, ninety percent of people will not volunteer introductions unless they know you are enthusiastic to receive them. If and when you do get an introduction, graciously thank the person who set you up regardless of the outcome. Apart from one on one set ups, why not throw a party with friends where all show up with a platonic friend of the opposite sex. This is another great way to meet eligible singles in a group setting. Third concrete action is to attend events where you would expect to meet the kinds of men or women you would like to meet. If you are seeking to find an intellectual partner, consider book readings, classes, memberships with organizations such as the consulate of foreign relations or common wealth club. If you are seeking an athletic partner consider team sports and if you do that make sure you keep your schedule open for after practice drinks and dinners. Likewise if you are seeking a civic minded partner consider volunteering with an organization that you care about. Another way reflect on how you approach online dating. Consider whether you have strategically selected appropriate sites and create a thoughtful and welcoming profile that really reveals your authentic and unique self. Make sure to post pictures that are accurate representations of the best versions of yourself. I always suggest meeting folks in person instead of getting caught up in endless emails, phone text communication before meeting.  Also consider matchmakers and or dating services to increase your possibilities and very importantly maintain a positive attitude and view each date as an adventure. Be sure to allow yourself down time from dating if you start to feel like you really need it.

Eric: What was the inspiration for creating Intersections Match?

Jasbina: As an Indian-American and born and raised in the U.S., with an understanding of the successful blending of Indian and American cultures I knew there was a need for someone in the South-Asian community nationwide who could relate first hand to those challenges of juggling professional, social and personal demands. As a result of my personal experiences searching for a life partner or practicing lawyer, I believed there to be a demand for a service to assist young professionals navigate what I believe to be the most important life decision one ever makes. Despite that great demand among South-Asian professionals, for what i believe to be a personalized introduction service there is no one really meeting that need. Given my professional and cultural background and experiences, I really thought that I was in a unique position to provide value to clients. Importantly our clientele tends to mainstream men and women of South-Asia many who are open to meeting no South-Asians as well as other South-Asians. We do welcome all commitment minded men and women regardless of ethnicity to register for free in our confidential and free data-based web site at IntersectionsMatch.com.

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Jasbina Ahluwalia discusses & answers:

- How is the service Inter-sections Match offers different from online dating?

- What's your advice for our successful female listeners on the dating scene who may be concerned about intimidating men?

- Does Intersections Match focus exclusively on working one-on-one with clients?

- Special Tip...

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November 9, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

eLove: A Singles Guide

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Paul A. Falzone "the CEO of eLove", one of the world's largest online dating services and matchmaking services joined the show. He also literally wrote the book of love, eLove: A Singles Guide.

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Interview:

Eric Michaels: Where does a single start if they have never had a date and are afraid to step into the ring but are desiring to do so?

Paul Falzone: The first thing one has to do if they're single is to take a good look at themselves - do a personal inventory of themselves. Whatever it is that you aren't crazy about yourself - FIX! Whether it's to lose a few pounds, get a haircut, fix your tooth, whatever it might be. You got to be in a condition mentally and physically to feel like you are putting your best foot forward. Before you go out there and want to get involved with somebody else, take care of yourself first. There is no better impression than a good first impression.

Eric Michaels: Wisely put! Why would one have an advantage by enrolling into an online dating service such as yours?

Paul Falzone: Our service is pretty much a life stage company where we've got online dating, we've got personal matchmaking, there's just a whole variety of services that we do offer so depending on the level of service that you're looking for, we should be able to accommodate you. If you're out there looking for somebody that's like minded as you, we take a of of that guess work out of it. If you're looking across the room and you see somebody and you say OOO, she's cute, or he's cute, I wander if she's catholic cause I am catholic, I wander if she likes dogs cause I have a dog, I wander if they want children cause I really want to have children one day, I wander if they are real serious about meeting someone or if they are really single whatever those questions are...had you walked up to them in the hall and asked them those questions they would have looked at you like you were crazy and run the other way. All those questions are pretty well answered because if our personal interviewing and qualifying people to find the right person to match up with. Most of the more uncomfortable things that you are wandering are already addressed. You know the person sitting across from you is going to be single, they aren't playing games, they aren't running around on their spouse or whatever, they are single they have current backgrounds checked on them and they are ready to date. If you are part of the match making division, you work one on one with concierge where they will hold your hand through the whole process you get back to them with feedback in other words, hey, had a great date with Paul, he was a lot of fun but he was a little too outgoing, can you send me someone that is little more subdued or he was losing his hair, I didn't realize I didn't like follicle impaired guys, can you send me someone with a little more hair up top. It's a learning process and when you give us your feedback we keep honing the next referral so we can get that thing right on the money.

Eric Michaels: You are the author of eLove: A Singles Guide. How does an average guy win the woman of his dreams?

Paul Falzone: The average guy wins the woman of his dreams by being self confident, by feeling good about themselves, by being, if you are funny, use it - humor works unbelievably well. Every woman out there isn't looking for a Tom Cruise or whatever. They just want a nice guy and someone that they can have a good time with so make sure you take care of yourself. Chivalry is certainly not their job gentleman, definitely hold the door open, let the lady step off the elevator first - just be a gentleman and enjoy yourself. If you feel uncomfortable with the person and you can genuinely look at that person and inflict your sense of humor on them and both of you laugh and kinda lose track of time an average man can meet the woman of his dreams by being themselves, by being confident, by being a good person, by being a gentleman and by making others smile and enjoy the time they spend when they are around them.

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Paul Flazone answers the question: What is an absolute no no - on the 1st date & what seems to be the #1 battle for singles even now after they have online dating as an option.

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