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August 2011  
It's My Party...And I'll Play Matchmaker If I Wanna


On Thursday, August 11th I threw myself a birthday party...for the first time ever (I don't love playing hostess)...by invitation only. This was not your average birthday party though - there were two caveats:

1) You had to be single to attend

2) "Cost of admission" was a single man (whether you were male or female)


Given that I had never organized anything like this before - as a matchmaker or otherwise - I had no expectations. To my guests' (and my own) delight the party was a huge success and I couldn't have been happier with how the evening materialized. There are a few key elements that I attribute the success of the evening to:

1) Our gracious and hospitable hosts - Andrew, Jeff and team - at Tequila Bookworm (

2) The individual guests. Everyone who came was warm, friendly, open and seemed genuinely happy to be there. I'm also told - by those who saw the pictures on Facebook - that it was a very good-looking crowd. :-)


3) The turnout. At our peak, I think we were about 80 people.


4) The diversity. The guests ranged in age from 25 to "not-willing-to-divulge". The ratio of men to women was fairly balanced, and several religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds were represented.

5) Last, however certainly not least - there were MULTIPLE "hook-ups"...and by that, I do not mean people who left the party together to frolic into the wee hours of the morning. IF that happened, I am unaware. Lol. What I mean is that there are people who were brought together solely because of the party who have since gone out on a date, are still dating, reconnected as old friends, met as new friends, or plan to meet soon. I couldn't be happier for all of those involved and am keeping my fingers crossed for at least one love connection!

Thank you to everybody who made the evening what it was! It was great to see so many people I don't usually have the opportunity to socialize with.


You are receiving this newsletter because:

a)  You are my friend and you want to support my business

b)  You are part of my family and, presumably, you love me

c)  You are my Facebook friend.  I am willingly and knowingly subjected to your pictures and status updates...which I only occasionally enjoy.  In exchange, you are happy to receive my newsletter once a month  :-)

d)  We are connected on LinkedIn

e)  We met somewhere and you gave me your business card

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, that is your choice.  Maybe you have a single friend who'd be interested?  I do not see any reason though for you to mark this as spam.  I wouldn't do that to you.  Please simply unsubscribe..and, if you're so inclined, feel free to send me feedback:  stacie@sittinginatree.com  The last thing I want to be perceived as is "annoying" or spamming.

Now Available For Parties!

Here's an interesting and novel concept: if you're looking for an innovative, energizing and unique twist to your next corporate event, bridal shower, bachelorette party, stag or other social function...consider Sitting In A Tree Inc. For more information, please contact:  stacie@sittinginatree.com.

Referral Program

Sitting In A Tree's success is largely dependent on referrals and, to date, my network has been very kind to me.  Although I believe that for many people wanting to help a friend, family member or colleague find love is impetus enough for them to send referrals my way, it does not change the fact that I am grateful for each and every one I receive.  I offer a modest referral fee to those who refer prospects to me, who eventually become clients.  Please feel free to inquire further:  stacie@sittinginatree.com, or just keep those referrals coming and see what happens.  :-)

It's My Birthday...AGAIN...sort of

For those of you who either missed my birthday party or who were missed from the invite list...do not despair. You have will another opportunity to come out on the evening of Saturday, November 19th when I celebrate Sitting In A Tree's first birthday (albeit two weeks early). If you are interested in being included on the guest list, please e-mail: stacie@sittinginatree.com. Please note that the venue is T.B.D. and that you will need to be included in the Facebook, LinkedIn or Evite invitation for specifics. Details will not be shared via upcoming editions of this newsletter.

The Dating School - *UPDATE*

Andrew Shaul (and his wonderful team) and I continue to meet on a regular basis in preparation for the launch of our Dating School. We are excited to roll out an introductory workshop to our respective networks - at a discounted rate - in early October. Please stay tuned for more details in the September newsletter. In the meantime, we are in search of the perfect name for the school. We anxiously and excitedly welcome your suggestions via: info@sittinginatree.com. If your suggestion is selected you will receive $100 toward Sitting In A Tree's services - for yourself or to be used as a gift for a friend.

Are You Kissing Enough?


Kelly Rouba, GalTime writer, interviewed me two weeks ago (for a second time) and I'm now quoted in all three components of her article: Say It Isn't So! Couples Kissing Less, WHY Couples Kiss Less Over Time and How To Bring Back The Kiss...so if you do have the time and interest to read the article, please be sure to click on all of the links within it.

Read my thoughts on kissing here: http://galtime.com/article/love-sex/43510/17791/say-it-isnt-so-couples-kissing-less

Matchmaking...in all senses of the word

Those of you who know me well know that I love connecting people even if it's not just for romantic pursuits.

People in my network are currently looking for the following talent to hire:

* I.T. Recruiters (x 3) and one Research Associate for an I.T. Recruiting firm located in midtown Toronto

* Receptionist for a busy salon located in the Cedarvale area of Toronto

* Trades people for a busy General Contracting company servicing the G.T.A.

* Interim Senior Compensation Advisor

* Unpaid (PR, Marketing and/or Advertising) interns for Sitting In A Tree and a start-up PR firm

* Strong and enthusiastic Business Development professionals

People in my network are currently seeking the following opportunities:

* A corporate event planning role

* A senior Marketing Communications role

* A senior, contract I.T. role (generalist)

If you or someone you know are interested in any of the above please contact: stacie@sittinginatree.com and I will connect you accordingly.

Millionaire Matchmaker-esque Casting Call

This is now tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 1st.  For those of you who missed our July newsletter...this event will be advertised across the G.T.A. as we embark on a search for new candidates to cater to our premium clientele.  If you've ever seen the show "Millionaire Matchmaker"...same idea as Patti's "recruiting events"...I'm just nicer, with excessive diplomacy and warmth.  Please share this with your network and ask them to do the same, and stay tuned for more details in our September newsletter.

The Monthly "Plug"

I get asked the same question every day:  How does your business work?  And, with that question often comes a barrage of unsolicited, yet well-intentioned and not always unwelcome feedback.  Yes, the website is vague.  No, there is no pricing available.  This is all by design, and certainly not to be evasive.  The reason is simple.  Everything is customized and designed based on the client's unique needs.  The only common denominators among my clients are that they are single and looking to change that.  That is where the similarities end.  How they approach their love lives (or lack of), where they seek out potential partners, how they communicate, how they present themselves, what their dating outlook is, and their relationship goals - all different!  If you or your friend are looking to be painted with the same brush as everyone else and the cookie-cutter approach is comfortable for you, there are services to support that.  Call me - I'd be happy to refer you to them. 

If, however, you're looking for something new, fresh and often innovative...I *might* be the right fit for you.  Let's start with a phone call, maybe grab a coffee...and find out.

Please follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/sittinginatree), Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/SittingIn_ATree), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=68043083&trk=tab_pro) or through your subscription to this newsletter.

Survey Says?

I would love to hear your thoughts on the following:

1)  Favourite date spot in Toronto

2)  MEN - do you prefer to ask women out on dates or for them to ask you?

3)  WOMEN - what percentage of the time would you say you do the "asking" when it comes to your dates.  i.e. 50% of the time?

Please send your responses to:  info@sittinginatree.com before September 10th and please include your age, gender and status (single and dating, single and not dating, separated, etc).  Your privacy will be protected, however, having that information will provide more insight when the results are amalgamated.

Stacie Ikka
Phone: 647-352-2599
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