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Smart Dating: How to Find Your Man [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Mary Balfour
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Book Description

4 May 2004

The most experienced dating coach in the UK Mary Balfour, head of renowned introduction agencies Drawing Down the Moon and presents the ultimate practical guide for women looking for their perfect partner. Secrets about what really works from one who really knows.

• A comprehensive guide to finding the partner you seek without wasting precious time.
• Dating agency entrepreneur Mary Balfour shares her secrets and reveals the mind-sets, strategies and skills that successful women use to find their man.
• Learn how to be proactive; creating and making the most of dating opportunities and relationships.

The book will show you how to:
• learn the 'Domino Dating' effect – casting your net wide with the right networking skills will definitely get you your man.
• working out your SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)
• turn first dates into second dates
• learn what really turns men off and on
• flirt fantastically and use body language
• overcome his fear of commitment
• keep your sense of fun and independence

Plus how to find the best agencies, internet sites, write the best singles ad, and speed date successfully.

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Element (4 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007170793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007170791
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the author and the Drawing Down the Moon agency:

‘A partner for life…that is where Drawing Down the Moon comes in.’ Financial Times

‘The agency people rave about.’ Cosmopolitan

‘The mensa of introduction agencies.’ The Independent

‘An upmarket , personalised service for the busy professional.’ The Times

About the Author

Mary Balfour is MD of Drawing Down the Moon Introduction Agency, which, since she bought it in 1985, has become well-known as the original personal introduction company and has thousands of members, mainly from the business, creative and professional worlds. She is also MD of Only Lunch introduction agency and the internet dating agency She is regularly featured in the media for her involvement with these agencies, as well as in her own right as an agony aunt and relationship expert. She gives regular seminars on 'How To Meet Your Future Partner’, and co-sponsors both the annual Desperate and Dateless Ball (the world's biggest blind date!) and the speed-dating evening known as the Chemistry Event.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous! 10 Jan 2005
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I think I have read every dating book ever published! This one is easy and fun to read - and it works!!! Well, I am dating (three months now!) a friend of a friend. I had never dared ask my friends to "fix me up" before, but Mary's book encouraged me to use all the resources I have, and without seeming in the least bit "desperate". The author comes across as a friendly older sister rather than some bossy teacher. Recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Although the book is clearly aimed at women, nonetheless as a man I found it a pleasure to read. Whether it is because the author is UK-based, a woman, or both, this book certainly had serious depth to it in contrast to the shallow, US-male written, dating book I read prior to it. For UK women, it probably merits 5* rather the 4* given by me. The amusing "Lovebite" quotations (plus the occasional cartoon with very witty caption) springled throughout the book are great and will appeal to the educated clientele at whom this book is aimed! Personally, I found this book good value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was really impressed by this book. Mary Balfour, who happens to be someone who fixed my now husband up with dates about 25 years ago, really knows her stuff. She has so many great nuggets of advice for those seeking love and romance but also some rather scary information from men about what they DON"T like in a date such as no short cropped hair! No green or blue eyeshadow! The men - and there must be hundreds, if not thousands - interviewed by Mary and her colleagues at Drawing Down the Moon, seem to be so conventional in so many ways. looking for someone interesting and kind (for that read HOT to look at, let's be really honest here) but not too interesting or high powered that they are scared stiff.
Personally, the whole 'flirt' thing makes me feel sick. I am not interested in men who want me to twist my hair, or bat my eyelids. Mary is very hot on flirting and looking good and all that stuff which sticks in the throat of a feminist like myself. However, if you are really looking for a mate, you need to read this book, just to get the full picture of how to improve your chances.

Barbara Bloomfield Glatt.
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