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September 2011  
The Numbers Game...Is Over!!!


This Saturday, October 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sitting In A Tree will be taking over Real Sports, at 15 York Street (well - not the entire place - but a good part of it).  The purpose of the event is to recruit new candidates for our existing clients.  We've been promoting the event on Virgin Radio's website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and have generated quite a bit of interest.  It's not true that "all of the good ones are taken"...and you never know...I could be the one thing standing between you and your Mr. Right, or Ms. Right (and only because I don't know where or how to find you!!!).  Grab (or tell) your single friends...and (have them) head down.  I'd love to meet you (or them)!

I am fortunate to have signed up many new clients since the last newsletter went out and am looking for a wide range of candidates - both male and female, ages 25 - 65.  If you or someone you know is interested in being considered as a candidate, and cannot attend Saturday's event, please contact:  info@sittinginatree.com

Please note that effective January 1, 2012 I will no longer be offering complimentary consultations.

The Dating School

I am pleased to share that we have finally, and officially, named our "Dating School" as well as deciding on a logo that we feel connected to and proud of (oh...what a journey that was!).  Special and excessive thanks and gratitude are extended to Corey Barker, who worked his creative magic under extreme timelines, purely out of the goodness of his heart!  Thank you so much Corey!!!  Thanks also go out to the many friends who shared their ideas for a school name and logo design on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Your support and input were much appreciated.

Here is the press release that went out yesterday morning.  We are so grateful for the positive response so far:



Happy Dates © to Conduct Workshops on *Key* Challenges Affecting Daters

Toronto, Ont., September 27, 2011 – Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Shaul (www.shaulpsychology.ca), and matchmaker and dating coach Stacie Ikka, founder and president of Sitting In A Tree (www.sittinginatree.com), have partnered to create Happy Dates ©, a dating school that aims to help single men and women be more successful in their dating, regardless of their age or current level of dating expertise.

The skilled “EduDaters” at Happy Dates have developed workshops that will help single daters overcome common challenges and barriers which may be preventing them from developing lasting relationships.  Happy Dates provides their clients with individualized assessments of their dating obstacles, along with the tools and strategies necessary to augment their approach to dating.  Using Dr. Shaul’s 23 years of psychological counselling experience, and matchmaker Stacie Ikka’s practical, real-world experience dealing with daters on a daily basis, as well as her 15 years of corporate leadership experience, the workshops get to the heart (pun intended) of what is plaguing the daters of today.

Dr. Shaul explains, “Having people to date is only a beginning.  While this can be accelerated or facilitated through a dating service, online dating sites, friends, family, and so on…then what?  Both Stacie and I believe that in order to be successful at dating – to “give good date”, the individuals involved must be prepared:  emotionally, socially, and psychologically.  Through Happy Dates’ workshops, single, divorced, widowed or otherwise romantically unattached men and women have the opportunity to learn about, and explore, the many challenging aspects of dating so that they can better recognize in themselves areas where improvement or change are required.”

Happy Dates is pleased to mark the launch of the dating school by holding an introductory workshop entitled “Dates and Confused”.  This initial workshop will be offered free of charge and will take place on October 25, 2011 at 7PM at The Thirsty Fox Pub, located at 1028 Eglinton Avenue West.  Happy Dates will reveal its diagnostic test that assesses “Dating Intelligence” by pinpointing areas that a dater needs to improve in order to date more successfully. Feedback from the test will include one confidential, half-hour session (on an individual basis) after the course date with both Andrew and Stacie to review the test results and to understand how to use the results to move forward in a practical manner.


If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Stacie Ikka at Stacie@sittinginatree.com or 647-352-2599 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              647-352-2599      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              647-352-2599      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

You are receiving this newsletter because:

a) You are part of my family and you love me

b) You are my real-life friend and are eager to support my business

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 and believe in the power of networking

e) We met somewhere and you gave me your business card or took mine, or I used my elephant-like memory to track you down

f) We once dated and you're secretly curious to see what I'm up to. Don't worry - I've been creeping you too.

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, I will not take it personally (OK, I might)…but it’s your choice, and I respect that.  Maybe you have a single friend who'd be more interested?  Please – whatever you do – don’t mark this as spam.  I wouldn't do that to you and that is certainly not my intention – to be annoying, or to spam.  Please simply unsubscribe.  I’m just trying to make the world a better place, one love connection at a time. Don't be a hater. Be a lover.

Customized Speed-Dating

Have you ever tried Speed Dating, or been curious about it? 

A common complaint with run-of-the-mill speed dating experiences is the quality of people who attend; the obvious problem being - the matches are not appropriate. These events are casually organized with age as the common denominator, and unfortunately, the organizers seldom know the people attending. Does that sound appealing to you? 


If you'd like a more enriched Speed-Dating experience, where I play matchmaker, and where the invitation list is catered to your needs, desires, and wants, creating a greater likelihood of meeting someone who YOU CAN connect with, and who YOU ARE compatible with, please e-mail: stacie@sittinginatree.com.  I will be organizing this type of event in November and December and space will be limited.

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.


In The Media

  • Andrew Shaul and I were interviewed on September 27th for Kate Carraway's "Thirtyish" column in The Grid T.O.  The article will be featured on either Thursday, October 6th or 13th.In the event that you miss any of the above, I will be including links and highlights, where appropriate, in the November edition of this newsletter.
  • Andrew Shaul and I will be joining Jeff Moore and Jacqueline Betterton on Rogers' Daytime TV (live) on October 25th from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET.
  • GalTime blogger, Kelly Rouba, asked me to contribute to her upcoming October article, due out mid-October. 
  • I have been asked to be an ongoing, contributing writer for "Successful Singles" - a Massachusetts-based matchmaking company.  I submitted my first article on September 27th - Online Dating vs. Matchmaking - why you may want to consider both. 

I will share links and highlights (where appropriate) in the November edition of this newsletter.

Can A Matchmaker Find Love?


Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm an open book (with a few significant exceptions).  So, it has been surprising to many that I am not more public with my own dating escapades.  I've mostly kept quiet to protect the privacy of the people I've been involved with.  While dating - ironically - is not a priority for me right now, I do want to leave the window of possibility marginally open for the right person or people to sneak in.  I fear that by sharing too much - in a public forum - I'll discourage potential suitors, who will forever worry that our private  tryst or steamy love affair will be splattered all over the Internet.

With that said, if you're interested in following a recent adventure of mine, please "like" the Sitting In A Tree Facebook fan page and get caught up.  You've only missed a few days.  When I'm done telling the story - there are going to be many lessons one could take away from my experience and I promise, they're not all going to be predictable.

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Stacie Ikka
Phone: 647-352-2599
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