29th February 2016

Speakers

Nothing beats being in a room with successful, likeminded people who want to share with you their journey to success. Our fantastic line up of speakers have each built successful careers for themselves within the dating industry in different areas; journalism, photography and coaching. They are going to share with you their insider knowledge, tips and advice to create a successful dating business.
So without further ado, meet our guest speakers………

Katy Horwood

Katy writes the award winning dating blog ‘all sweetness and life’ and is a dating columnist for Metro, Match.com and several large online dating websites. She was also a matchmaker in a previous life! Her blog has been highly acclaimed by Cosmo and she took home both blogging awards at the UK Dating Awards in 2014. Katy will be talking about getting featured in the press, publicity and how to position your blog to sell your brand and bring in clients.

Katy says:

“I am so thrilled to be part of the Matchmaking Academy. Having experience within the industry, I would say that undoubtedly it was Caroline who guided me when I started, she is one of the country’s leading match-makers, but is also genuinely dedicated to helping other people get their foot in the door when launching their own matchmaking business.
Not only can I guarantee that the Matchmaker Academy will provide you with a relaxed and enjoyable place to learn more about the industry but with the combined insider information from some of the most well-respected experts within the dating industry, will also ensure you come away from the experience with exactly the right tools you need to launch your own business within the dating industry.
The guidance you’ll receive will be invaluable, and the weekend itself super fun – looking forward to seeing you there!”

Find out more about Katy here: http://www.all-sweetness-and-life.com/

Saskia Nelson

Founder of the successful ‘Hey Saturday’ dating photography business, she is the only dedicated dating photographer in the UK. Not only will you have a mini photoshoot with Saskia and receive awesome photographs (critical for publicity plan), but she’ll also be talking to you about the importance of collaboration within the dating industry and giving you some top advice for building your own dating business

Saskia says:

“I’m delighted to be invited to be part of the core team supporting Caroline in the Matchmaker Academy this summer. Caroline is one of the smartest, savviest and loveliest people in the industry and if you have even the slightest interest in becoming a matchmaker, enrolling in the Matchmaker Academy will give you insider access to everything she’s learned in all her years of experience in building a hugely successful and enjoyable business. It would be crazy to miss out.”

Find out more about Saskia here: http://heysaturday.co/

Laura Yates

Laura is the go to dating coach for singles around the globe needing support after a breakup and becoming ‘date ready’. Laura coaches full time both in London and via skype and will be speaking about incorporating coaching within your matchmaking service and as an additional paid service.

Laura says:

“I believe the personal and bespoke nature of matchmaking is incredibly valuable in helping singles find love which is why I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Matchmaker Academy training course. I know that the service Caroline provides to her clients is second to none and her skills and knowledge that she imparts (from a matchmaking and business perspective) will mean that those attending the training are already many steps ahead of others in this field! Caroline really recognises the value of coaching within a matchmaking business and I am incredibly excited to share how this can enhance and enrich the service you provide to your own clients!”

Find out more about Laura here: http://www.laurayates.org/

Charly Lester

Charly is the CEO and Founder of the Global Dating Awards which she runs in London, Amsterdam and New York. The jet setter of the group, Charly has true determination and first entered the dating industry after her blog ’30 dates’ took off. She also does freelance consultancy and PR for a number of sites, apps and dating companies as well as running regular Guardian Masterclasses in blogging. Charly has inside knowledge in the dating world which she’ll be sharing with you.

“I believe the personal and bespoke nature of matchmaking is incredibly valuable in helping singles find love which is why I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Matchmaker Academy training course. I know that the service Caroline provides to her clients is second to none and her skills and knowledge that she imparts (from a matchmaking and business perspective) will mean that those attending the training are already many steps ahead of others in this field! Caroline really recognises the value of coaching within a matchmaking business and I am incredibly excited to share how this can enhance and enrich the service you provide to your own clients!”

Find out more about Charly here: http://charlylester.com/

Lydia Davis

Lydia is an experienced matchmaker working at Mutual Attraction in London alongside Caroline. A true matchmaker, Lydia is hands on and works 1:1 with clients providing outstanding customer service. Lydia enjoys nothing more than working with the clients – getting to know them and then finding their perfect match. Lydia will be co-hosting the training and has so much practical information to share so notepads of ipads at the ready!

“Before I started working as a matchmaker I never realised how much went into making 1 match happen. All the different things to think about and take into consideration that make a match a successful one. My role as matchmaker means I host consultations with potential clients, write profiles, find and interview people as potential matches, make introductions and of course, be there for my clients to offer advice, support and guidance. What I enjoy the most about the Academy Bootcamps is how willing all the participants are to get stuck in. It’s incredible how much you can learn over a weekend, I would recommend every matchmaker in the world do this training!”