The Scoop: Smart Dating Academy has received top marks in the dating industry for its well-researched approach to coaching. Bela Gandhi founded the company eight years ago to bolster singles and set them up to find romance, love, and relationships online and offline. Today, a team of dating coaches conduct one-on-one sessions and photo shoots that prepare clients to make a stellar impression on potential matches. In the coming months, Bela has plans to make the team’s expertise more accessible to daters through a series of educational webinars. Smart Dating Academy’s new webinars will provide singles with actionable exercises and information to motivate them to learn, grow, and improve. Whether it’s covering how to set up a dating profile or which red flags to watch out for on a first date, Smart Dating Academy’s dating experts provide knowledgeable insights and guidance for today’s single population.

Students in the public education system learn about everything from basic algebra to world history. They read novels, examine dead frogs, solve equations, and expand their understanding of the world by studying and discussing different philosophies. But, when it comes to asking out someone they like, students are left to learn on the job.

Unfortunately, schools don’t teach you how to get a date or start a relationship. You don’t have to take Flirtation 101 or Advanced Relationship-Building to get your diploma. There’s no required high school or college class that helps online daters make a good impression and avoid common mistakes. But maybe there ought to be.

That’s the line of thinking that led noteworthy dating expert Bela Gandhi to launch Smart Dating Academy in 2010. This dating company’s mission is to give singles the educational resources they need to establish a connection and land a date online.

Smart Dating Academy recognizes that online dating can be particularly confusing or intimidating for singles, and it offers well-researched information and hands-on services that make dating platforms less challenging to navigate. Singles no longer have to tackle tough dating questions on their own — now they can turn to experienced dating coaches who know how to get their clients up to par.

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Smart Dating Academy has educated and supported thousands of daters of all ages.

While the company originally focused on in-person coaching and profile makeovers, Bela said she has recently produced online content that educates participants on finding love in the modern world. Smart Dating Academy’s webinars allow clients to study up at home and improve their dating skills in their own time.

With nearly a decade of coaching experience behind her, Bela is a seasoned authority on love, dating, and relationships. Many top media outlets, including Good Morning America, have featured her advice and given her a platform to inspire and inform singles.

“I love love. I’m a psychotic optimist about love,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve seen so many amazing love stories over the past eight years, and I promise you, love is a ‘when,’ not an ‘if.'”

Online Video Lessons are Becoming Increasingly Popular

Smart Dating Academy is a full-service dating coaching firm focused on maximizing its clients’ successes and minimizing their mistakes in the dating scene, particularly on dating sites and apps. Bela has designed an in-depth online dating makeover that makes clients feel more confident and prepared when launching a dating profile.

The dating coaches can work with a client for up to a year, providing practice exercises, readings, and video content packed with information. According to the website, “Our team of experts has distilled the best information for you on dating, relationships, interpersonal skills, flirting, first impressions — you name it.”

Of course, not all clients want or need the coaches’ personalized attention. Some just want the information delivered in an easy-to-understand format. That’s what Smart Dating Academy’s deep-dive webinars offer to singles hoping to find someone special.

Finding New Love Over 50 speaks to the particular needs of single seniors. These individuals are often either divorced or widowed and worried about re-entering the dating scene after a long hiatus. Dating has changed dramatically in the last few years, so more mature singles appreciate a crash course on how to adapt and thrive on a dating website or app.

“The webinar changed the way I think, feel, and act in the dating world.” — Alan, a Smart Dating Academy client

The 10 Biggest Mistakes You’re Making in Dating is a more general webinar for singles who are stuck in negative dating patterns. The course teaches participants how to avoid common mistakes by identifying red flags, maintaining a positive mindset, setting realistic expectations, and writing simple yet effective profiles.

A 47-year-old single named Matt said watching Smart Dating Academy’s webinar on dating mistakes was an enlightening experience. “This webinar made me realize that I was dating the wrong way, and had been for many, many years,” he said.

Smart Dating Academy’s webinars include a 90-minute video and a Q&A section where Bela answers common concerns from program participants. In the next year, the company will roll out more webinars, including one on red flags produced in partnership with, to teach singles how to write a profile, how to charm a date, and how to become the most attractive version of themselves.

“It’s literally like taking a course in dating,” she said. “Webinars are great for people because they can see you, hear your voice, and hear your passion.”

Helping Thousands of Singles Wise Up & Get Dates

Bela told us Smart Dating Academy’s reviews have been “unanimously amazing” so far. Singles of all ages, ethnicities, and religions have used the dating coach’s techniques to improve themselves and get the results they want in the dating scene. The company has shared several of its most touching love stories on the website.

Kathleen, who lives in Chicago, went through a dating makeover with Bela and then got engaged on her 40th birthday in 2012. “Bela is fabulous! She taught me the tools for finding the right person for me starting with having the right mindset,” she said. “She coached me on where to focus my time and energy to meet potential suitors.”

“Smart Dating and Bela have helped me view the dating world with a whole new set of eyes,” said Brandi, a client from New York. “Because of Bela, I am more confident in myself than ever.”

“Bela’s process at Smart Dating Academy really and truly works.” — Dan, a 50-year-old in Chicago

Fred got in touch with Smart Dating Academy after he heard Bela giving an interview on the radio. After their first meeting, he said he felt confident that Bela and the team could help him take control of his love life. He got some great online dating tips and a photo shoot to spiff up his profile. Within a week of posting his new dating profile, Fred had five dates on his calendar plus four more women in his contact list.

“I got my groove back, and I found the love of my life in less than three months!” he wrote in his testimonial. “It’s been a very positive experience, and I recommend Smart Dating Academy without hesitation.”

Smart Dating Academy Teaches Savvy Social Skills

Generally speaking, the public education system is more interested in explaining the chemistry between two molecules than the chemistry between two people, and that can leave modern singles woefully ignorant and unskilled when seeking a potential life partner.

Without a lesson plan in place, singles have to learn how to date on their own through painful trial and error. That’s a time-consuming process that can leave people feeling confused, hurt, and alone. Bela doesn’t want to see that happen. She has endeavored to educate singles through Smart Dating Academy so they can save themselves time, effort, and heartbreak in the modern dating scene.

These dating coaches work with successful and attractive men and women who want to learn more about dating and take control of their love lives. Today, Smart Dating Academy is pushing an online curriculum that uses video content to engage a wider audience of online daters.

“We’re at the forefront of this, and we plan to continue to grow as online education grows,” Bela said. “If you’re feeling humdrum about dating, these webinars are like having a personal cheerleader.”

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