Gloria MacDonaldGloria MacDonald is the founder and President of Perfect Partners, The Personal Relationship Executive Search Firm, a highly successful, personalized matchmaking service. Gloria has interviewed hundreds and hundreds of single men and women and has introduced over 1500 couples. She is an expert in the field of dating and relationships, having appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. She’s the co-author of the highly acclaimed book Laws of the Jungle: Dating for Women Over 40. She believes, and has seen through her work, that there is a perfect partner for anyone of us who truly desires to find that relationship, believes they can have it, and are willing to accept it. Gloria is an engaging and dynamic speaker and trainer who changes lives. Testimonials from people who have attended Gloria’s seminars: “Gloria uses her exceptional knowledge of real world dating and her unique and exciting style to inspire women to not give up. Truly a wonderful presenter. I would highly recommend anything she does now and in the future.” “This is the information single women and men have been waiting for.” “A truly engaging seminar. You are obviously an expert on the topic. Your knowledge, compassion, sensitivity and forthrightness was spiced with humour to create a clean and practical approach to relationship success.” “Attending your seminar has truly been an inspiration. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TRAINER!”
Host: What is online dating?
Gloria MacDonald: Online dating is one of the most popular ways to meet people today. In any twelve month period there are 45 million North Americans that will give online dating a try. That is a lot of people. Online dating started in 1995, so its been around for over ten years now and so people are more and more comfortable with that. The good news about online dating is that its relatively inexpensive. There are lots of different sites out there. I highly recommend that if you are comfortable giving online dating a try that you try out several different sites. The good news about some of the very large sites is that there are a lots and lots of people to choose from but that also is, it is a mixed blessing. One of the challenges that the large online dating sites are having today is that because there are so many millions of people on their sites, it means it is incredibly time consuming to shift through all those profiles to find somebody who is appropriate for you. So, you might try one of the larger sites but I also suggest you look into some sites for specific areas of interest for you. Today, there are sites for just about everything you can imagine. There are sites for particular religious groups, particular ethnic groups. There are sites for people who love to golf, people who love to ski, people who love to ride horses. There are sites for people who love cats and dogs. Basically, just about anything thats a particular niche, its important to you, there will probably be an online dating site for that. So, look in to some other smaller more niche sites also.
Another thing about online dating is more and more sites are coming up with personality profiling tools and questionnaires that you have to fill out. There is something to be said for those sites in that if you have to invest 30 to 45 minutes of your time filling up that questionnaire, the people who are using that site have also had to spend that amount of time. So, there is slightly, there is a slightly higher level of investment in it.
People using those sites are potentially, more serious about truly looking to find potential, serious relationship. So you might not be looking for a serious relationship. You might just be looking to get out there, put your foot in the water and start dating. In fact, online dating is good for that if you havent been out on a date for a long time. Maybe you have just recently come out of a long term relationship, through divorce or break up other relationship in some way or maybe a spouse has passed away. If you can get yourself comfortable with the idea of online dating, its a good place to start to put your toe in the water and just get out there again.