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I'm off the market, but if I were navigating singlehood, I'd want Patti Stanger as my guide. Tonight, Bravo's "love doctor" -- a.k.a. The Millionaire Matchmaker -- kicks off her latest round of mutually beneficial pairings among the very wealthy. In the promo for season 3 of the reality series (which airs Tuesdays at 10 PM ET), Stanger is seen in her car, with her cell phone to her ear. "I'm a professional, okay?" she says. "You need to trust me. Otherwise you're gonna point your pecker in the wrong direction."
Sure, she's a little crass in her delivery. She can also be downright rude. "You're not all that!" she snaps at one client. "That's why you're single." But here's the irony: Despite her blunt style, she invariably coaches clients to conduct themselves with grace and class -- and the NBA players, hoteliers, and entrepreneurs in her "millionaire's club" really need help in that department.
For one thing, Stanger admonishes men who don't take the initiative about approaching women they find attractive. (Certainly a pet peeve from my dating days.) "You don't want to work for it," she scolded one unassertive guy.
A matchmaker is only as successful as the clients she takes on. Cupid himself would fail to find lasting love for a commitment-phobe or someone with trust issues. Stanger's secret? She hangs in there, coaching her singletons through the process.
After presenting clients with well-screened candidates, she counsels customers to make smart choices when selecting their dates. (Who couldn't use that kind of help?) She admits that prior to meeting her fiancé, she herself "didn’t go for nice guys. I wasted a lot of time with bad boys." She won't let her female clients make that mistake.
Last season, during a date-selection process, she encouraged a guy to consider women outside his preferred age range (he liked 'em younger, of course). "This one's an ageist," she remarked after meeting him. But she succeeded to pair him with a suitable mate -- an older woman he wouldn't have considered without Stanger's help. It was gratifying to watch.
And her advice keeps coming. When an NBA player wasn't attracted to his date, Stanger insisted he tell the woman immediately (so that there was one less woman in America who had to wait on a phone that would never ring!) When another male client liked a woman, but didn't plan to call her for two weeks, Stanger replied, "That's B.S. You have to initiate closing the deal by setting up a time and place to meet." Likewise, she counsels women to let men come to them on the first date, and not to pursue the man afterward. "He needs to pursue you," she says. But she adds, "if you get a text or email, you answer it back within 24 to 48 hours."
Wouldn't dating be so much easier if we all had Stanger on our side? Unfortunately, something tells us you've got to be a millionaire to afford her.
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