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UK Dating Fair London 2017

UK Dating Fair London 2017

UK Dating Fair 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017. 1 Alfred Place – Fitzrovia – London – UK

Stands, workshops, seminars and key-note speakers from the UK dating world. The fair offers two 3 hour programmes. The morning programme runs from 10 am to 1pm and the afternoon programme from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Tickets for each programme cost from £27. Book online at:


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Love The Second Time Around

Love The Second Time Around

Love Second Time Around


How do you know when an old love has the potential to come back to life, and when is it best to leave an old relationship where it is?

When you see old lovers get back together, it might make you think about reaching out to an old but extinguished flame. There are times when that might require a deliberate act, actually calling or contacting someone from your past, or it can happen in a more spontaneous way, such as when you run into someone you once dated at a wedding or a reunion. Either way, it is good to take stock before jumping in with both feet.

The most important barometer for gaging what to do is to consider how and why your connection ended in the first place. It is ironic that in wondering if you should begin again, it helps to go back to where it ended, but that is where you might find the best answers. If the circumstances that broke you up didn’t have anything to do with the attraction and passion you felt for each other, and might still feel, it is possible that giving it another go could be a fine idea. It is also possible that even if there were problems, you have both grown and changed, and with the wisdom and distance you now have might be better able to deal with and manage them. The same issues that were front and center when you were first together might not bother you anymore, or might be more easily worked out.

On the other hand, if your relationship ended badly and there is still a lot of unresolved anger, there is the chance you will find yourself returning to that unhappy place. Also, if there were behaviors, habits, or personal traits the other person had that were intolerable for you, and that person still exhibits them and has not changed his or her ways, it may be better to leave the relationship in the past with the fond memories of what you once shared.

Once you have sorted that out, it may be that you feel your ex is really your lost love. In this new time and place, where both of you have mellowed, it may be viable and pleasurable to give it another chance.

Madonna said it in her song Stay:
When you walked out my door, I knew you’d be back for more, Let’s leave the past behind, True love is so hard to find.

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Best First Date Tips

Best First Date Tips

Top 40 first date tips from 40 top dating experts like Susan Winter and Saskia Nelson

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First dates are often boring, awkward, unexciting, and even torturous to many men. Guys build up the occasion in their mind for days or weeks beforehand, only to be severely let down after the fact. Too much pressure, too little chemistry, not enough fun, not enough attraction, nothing accomplished, all of these disappointments crush men in their pursuit of love…

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How to Make Your Dating Worth It

How to Make Your Dating Worth It

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I few years back I read in the Metro newspaper that men invest in their looks and wardrobe when there is potential for romance, and that in the UK Scottish men are the highest spenders.

I asked my then boyfriend, who happened to be Scottish, if he thought this was true.

“Are you kidding me? Of course it’s true, I bought two shirts and a pair of jeans just before our first date.” By the way, just as most men, he hated shopping.

I was impressed and charmed and got all fuzzy from the inside. For me it meant that he had taken our date seriously.

1. You Want Someone Who Invests in Dating as Much as You Do

The other day a girlfriend told me about her first date with a guy who had seemed to have high potential when they corresponded. They met for coffee, she offered to pay her share, he took the money and then they started to split the change awkwardly afterwards, counting the pennies. He was generous enough to give her a bigger share of the change back!

Oh dear, it was just a cup of coffee. He surely wouldn’t have gone bankrupt if he had just offered to pay. Needless to say, the date didn’t go very well.

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We ladies, have to spend as well, we spend on hair, make up, outfits, beautician, you name it; we spruce up seriously when we go out on a date. In the US dinner dates are a norm, even if they are first dates. Of course they don’t come cheap and there is an eternal debate whether the guy should foot the bill or whether the daters should go Dutch.

I guess we all have our own thoughts about this, although sometimes even the offer to pay from the guy’s part or the willingness to share the cost from the woman’s part can go a long way in warming each other’s hearts.

Dates are an expense we should all consider. The bottom line is that we should be prepared to budget for them, to do our dating in style.

2. But Should We Pay for The Service?

The best things in life are free…goes the Mastercard advert. But are they?

Free dating sites are very popular nowadays, thus attracting the serious daters along with the time wasters, or even worse people who are already in a relationship. The easy sign up and the semi anonymity are to blame.

When it’s all too easy, no wonder trust issues can appear right from the beginning. Maybe he’s a serial dater. Maybe she goes out partying every night. Who could tell? We know so little about the person in the beginning and the fact that they hopped onto the dating band wagon for a free ride, might not be their biggest plus. Even if we’re on it too!

3. How Are Paying Dating Sites Better?

When the world is inundated with free dating sites and dating apps, isn’t it a comforting thought that your date, just as yourself, has paid to meet you? Niche dating sites are on the rise and they are proof of higher expectations, for quality dates between people who are more compatible and are more committed to dating and to relationships.

Dating profile writing and dating image photography are also on the rise. This shows an expectation of higher quality profiles, with better photos and more engaging self-summaries becoming the norm. After all, we are perceived and chosen, if not on the basis of our photos and what we write about ourselves.

In the world of dating quality should always override quantity. We should think of ourselves as too valuable to leave things to chance, to sift through all the time wasters, date after date after date…

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Paid dating related services, like dating web sites, matchmakers, dating coaches, dating photographers and profile writers can help us put our best foot forward and get a fair chance at meeting our much more valuable partner for life.

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UK Dating & Relationship Conference

UK Dating & Relationship Conference

UK Dating & Relationship Conference 2015

Saturday 11th July 2015 9am-6pm London. Hear from seven top UK dating and relationship experts. Including Laura Gub founder of Brand You Simply Your Dating Coach, on Why It Is Important To Stand Out From The Crowd.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria 2 Bridge Place, Victoria, London SW1V 1QA. Two minute walk from Victoria Station. Tickets £24.97 GBP, Telephone: 01652 641 351. Website:

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Who Should You Be on Your First Date

Who Should You Be on Your First Date

Dating behind a mask

Dating begins with the presentation of “who we are.” Are you showing up as the “real you?” or are you presenting a different version of yourself in the hopes of impressing another?

First dates provide an opportunity to create an impression by putting one’s best foot forward. It’s tempting terrain for pretending to be something we’re not, but doing so can eventually hurt both parties.

In pretending to be something we are not, we fool the other into buying into a product that’s clearly not for sale. We lure them into what we think they want, or who we’d like to be, but are not. There’s no future relationship possible from this context, only games, falseness and failure.

The extremes to which some people feel compelled to amend their personalities and attitudes to get love, is alarming. When the need to be wanted overtakes the need to be who we are, failure will follow. It’s imperative to honor ourselves in order to love another.

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Before You Date, Create Your Vision by Susan Winter

Before You Date, Create Your Vision

Before stepping out into the world of dating you’ll need to create your vision. You may have just left a disastrous partnership. Or, you may be in the process of getting clear on what you want in light of your past dating experiences.

Whatever your starting point, it’s a good idea is to formulate a “best-case scenario” vision that works for you. It works, because you already know it works.

Here’s a simple guide to finding your ideal vision in a new mate. It defines what you want and what you don’t want. Then, transforms your “I-don’t-want-this” into its positive opposite. This vision technique pulls from the past and reformulates the undesired aspects into a positive vision for your future.

I advise my clients to begin this vision by getting out a paper and pen. Old school? Yes. Effective? Absolutely! Start with a clean notebook or Word doc if you prefer:

  • Write down the things that you’ve experienced in former dating scenarios that worked well for you. Coming in on a positive note enables you to feel empowered by your past. You’ve already had good experiences. Acknowledging those things that were especially wonderful in the past allows you to bring them into your future.
  • Record the positive, good, and wonderful things you experienced in past dating/relationships that are keys to what you want to experience again.

Here’s a sample list of what your past partners may have brought into your life:

  1. Partner A. Great sense of humor. He/she diffused difficult situations with his/her wit and perspective. He/she knew how to “handle me” when I was in turmoil. We laughed, played and had fun. Every day (and every challenge) was enjoyable with this type of even disposition.
  2. Partner B. Spiritually focused and stimulating intellectually. Our mutual spiritual/philosophical interests created cohesion and partnership growth.
  3. Partner C. Aligned creativity and dynamic artistic discussions. We ignited each other’s interest and understanding of our professions. We helped each other expand individually and as a team.
  4. Partner D. Down to earth and real. This partner erved as a stabilizing force in my life. His/her clear thinking allowed me to relax with him/her and be myself.
  • Next, add another section entitled “Things I Desire.”
  • These are the newfound qualities you must have and how they’d look in real life.

This is where you transform your “what-I don’t-want” list into your “what-I-now-have” list:

I now have “x.”

“X” is the quality you want to experience. It could be: honesty, fidelity, generosity, lifestyle, adventure, sensitivity, time for me, or time for our relationship. Whatever it was that you didn’t get in your past dating experience, here’s the place to add it into your new vision. In writing these new qualities make sure to add a sentence or two that shows how that would look in the real world.

For example, if you used the quality of ‘honesty’ as your “x” it might be framed like this:

 I’m not afraid to speak up and relay my feelings. Neither is my partner. There’s honesty at the heart of this relationship. We have an easy, open and natural communication.  We both feel free to discuss whatever’s at hand and resolution of any problem is effortless.

When you combine what you’ve had with what you want… you get a winning formula! That’s the vision for your next romantic encounter. This simple exercise clarifies your thoughts and automatically activates your subconscious.

When we know what we want, there’s a natural “calling in” of those qualities. We begin sending out an energetic frequency that’s focused on the qualities we desire. From that place of awareness it’s easy to observe their presence or absence in the new people we date.

It’s important to keep this exercise focused on the positive. We often enter a new romance with emotional wounds from our past, only to see the same unwanted things replayed in our current mates. By shifting our vision to what we “want to see,” we create the possibility of realizing it. By recalling our successes, we anchor tangible proof that we’ll attain these qualities again in our future.

Happy creating!

Article by Susan Winter
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