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|Hayley Matthews • 11/03/17|
The Short Version: Neely Steinberg took a winding journey to lifelong love. She spent years chasing the wrong men, experiencing heartaches, and feeling lost in the dating world. After years of self-exploration and stick-to-itiveness, things finally clicked when the 33-year-old single met a kindhearted man on Match. Now Neely is happily married and shares her dating insights with smart singles struggling, as she did, to find love. The dating coach calls herself the Love EnTREPreneur and gives steady guidance about how to work toward relationship goals with the mindset of a successful self-starter. Neely’s motivational coaching programs, online dating assistance, self-help book, and image makeovers empower single women seeking genuine connections and lasting relationships.
What makes Neely Steinberg, aka the Love EnTREPreneur, so compelling as a dating coach is her ability to empathize with the experiences of single women. Because she’s been in their shoes. She spent most of her 20s and early 30s unattached and uncertain if true love would ever come her way.
For years, she went through the ups and downs of dating — watching guys disappear on her, feeling frustrated with hookups, and running into relationship obstacles at every turn. Dating felt demoralizing and confusing. So she sought help and went to therapy to reflect on what mistakes she’d made and learn how to change the direction of her love story.
Then, at age 33, Neely met the man who would become her husband on Match. “That was it,” she said. “But, in reality, it didn’t just happen magically. I created my love story through consistent reflection, action, and resilience.”
Today, they’re happily married with two kids. Her persistence and can-do attitude took her from lonely single to content wife and mother, and she’s eager to share the lessons she learned in those years.
“Without my struggles and dating all the wrong guys, I don’t think I’d understand what it means to be in a happy, healthy relationship,” Neely said. “I made a lot of mistakes. Now I teach others that failures and mistakes can be assets, but only if you take the time to learn from them so that moving forward you start making different, more conscious choices in your love life.”
As a professional dating coach, Neely connects with her clients on a personal level and then motivates them to create the relationships they want — just like she did. Her real-life experiences give her credibility and compassion as a love adviser. To grow her brand, she has shared her expertise in hundreds of media outlets, love summits, workshops for Match, and fashion shows for Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. She plans to continue networking and hustling to create more helpful resources for singles everywhere, including a podcast in the spring of 2018.
Neely said her own romantic success is her secret sauce. Other dating gurus may talk the talk, but the Love EnTREPreneur has actually walked the walk. “I would encourage singles to seek people who have had success in their own love lives,” she said. “If you’re looking for a healthy, happy relationship and want to work with a coach, seek out someone who has created that in their own life, because they know what it takes to get and stay there.”
Neely described her typical coaching clients as smart, successful, and savvy women who, for whatever reason, haven’t found a truly satisfying connection. After years of frustration in the dating scene, these singles come to Neely for her insights and teachings on attraction and romance. The Love TREP told us she works with women from all professions, including high-level executives and elementary school teachers. Her clients range in age from 25 to 60.
Her helpful dating programs lead singles to take control of their love lives. In private coaching sessions, Neely talks through her clients’ dating fears, missteps, and unhealthy strategies. She emphasizes using the lessons of the past to move forward in the future. Her outlook on dating is that of an entrepreneur — the going in your “love startup” may be hard, but, as long as you believe in yourself, take positive action and healthy risks, engage in consistent reflection, and understand what you want, you’ll find success in the long run.
“It’s important to have made those mistakes to understand who’s right and what’s right for you,” she said. “And I can relate to that.”
Adapting to the modern dating scene, Neely also offers online dating profile makeovers for any singles unsure how to put their best foot forward online. Neely met her husband online, so she can provide simple and proven methods to attract the right person on a dating site.
“After reading what you wrote, my old profile pales in comparison,” wrote Rebecca, a 54-year-old online dater. “You transformed my ordinary, cookie-cutter profile, which read like a laundry list, into a very appealing, intriguing, yet accurate portrayal.”
Additionally, Neely offers style and image makeovers to women suffering from low self-esteem or in need of a wardrobe overhaul. Her knowledgeable fashion tips help singles develop an eye-catching sense of style, which boosts their confidence levels in dating scenarios.
With an array of personalized services, Neely endeavors to get her clients feeling excited about dating and equipped for success. She makes the dating process less intimidating by offering sage advice and consistent support to singles of all backgrounds. “No matter what profession you’re in,” she told us, “everyone can be a CEO and entrepreneur in their own love lives.”
If you want to work on yourself and change your dating patterns, Neely’s self-help book is a must-read. “Skin in the Game” offers step-by-step guidance, including checklists, reflection exercises, and actionable challenges, to kickstart your love life. Her practical exercises give daters a strategic way to get what they want. In clear prose, Neely applies the lessons from the world of business and entrepreneurship to the dating world.
“This isn’t a beach read,” the author told us. “It’s a soup-to-nuts approach on how to create your love story.”
Her self-help book prepares readers to tackle romance with industry, inspiration, and insight. Bottom line: If you’re ready to unleash your inner entrepreneur and create a loving relationship, “Skin in the Game” can show you how to get there with purpose and poise.
“I have told all my single girls about your book,” said Alyssa, a 36-year-old single woman. “It’s such a unique approach that a lot of professional women can relate to.”
“I’m blown away by each chapter,” gushed relationship expert Susan E. Winter about the book. “‘Skin in the Game’ is a dating formula that unites our business skills with our loving skills.”
Neely spent years dating as a single woman; she made mistakes with men, felt downtrodden and alone — and now those experiences inform her coaching, helping her to motivate others to find the same success and happiness she did.
She told us she has witnessed some jaw-dropping transformations in her work with single women. One thirty-something woman had never held hands or kissed anyone before and came to Neely as a true novice in the dating world. The woman worried about being judged by her dates once they knew how inexperienced she was, but a few months of coaching helped her work through those fears. Once she owned her history and her worth, she saw immediate success.
Within two months of coaching, she met a guy who was her first kiss. A year later, they were married, and now she’s pregnant with her first child. “It was an incredible experience to watch her completely turn her love life around,” Neely said.
“Not only has my confidence skyrocketed as a result of working with her, but I have learned to take care of myself.” — Sarah, a 29-year-old client
Recently, a former client reached out to Neely to say she had gotten over her past dating traumas and married a wonderful man. The newlywed said their heartfelt consultations were instrumental to her current state of bliss and had even recommended the Love EnTREPreneur’s coaching to a family member.
“She forced me to look at the root of my problems with dating in order to fix them and move forward to achieve my goals,” wrote Amy in a testimonial. The 33-year-old single said personal dating coaching helped her come into her own and not worry so much about what others think of her.
“I’m honored to have these women invite me into their lives and open up. It’s been amazing,” Neely said. “Love is one of the most complicated things in this world, and knowing that I can be by someone’s side and help them understand this complex subject is incredibly meaningful to me.”
Neely knows her clients have it in them to find their happily-ever-afters, because she’s seen it happen time and time again. Over the years, Neely has empowered hundreds of women to feel good about themselves and find loving relationships. Whether you’re in need of a pep talk, a stylist, or a dating profile rewrite, the Love EnTREPreneur can give you the tools to become a self-starter in the dating world.
Much of her actionable advice is grounded in her own experiences as a single woman going through the pitfalls of modern dating. Neely understands what works (and what doesn’t work), but approaches each client as an individual.
“It really is about your attitude,” she said. “Your success depends upon your willingness to be coached, to listen, and to do the work.”