How To: Be A Matchmaker

By Justin Becker
Lifestyle Correspondent – Every Wednesday

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a toast, to the matchmaker
You enjoy doing things for others, so why not use your wide network of friends, contacts and acquaintances to play matchmaker? This does not necessarily involve hordes of lovelorn men and women singing, “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match…” as taking on the duty of setting people up is not only a romantic thing.

That’s right, you can extend matchmaking to include setting up friends with friends, and setting up business associates with other ambitious folks.

If this can be considered doing a good deed for others, hey, borrow cupid’s arrow and aim it at romance, friendship and business. Find out how your resources and pool of contacts can be put to good use, and set up those in need of love, companionship or a business lead.

the sum of friendship

It’s obvious why people would want to be set up for romantic purposes, but why would you want to set your buddy Tom up with your former college roommate Tim (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?

The party animal
Maybe Tom just won’t get off your back for always refusing to be his wild party animal companion (hey, duty calls and you have to be at work bright and early). The solution? Tim is also a party animal — at least he was during his college days. Together they can go crazy, paint the town red, and live to tell about it, while you remain guilt-free.

The guy with particular hobbies
You might want to set up two of your friends who share common interests. While you don’t know the first thing about motorcycles, a couple of your friends from different social circles swear by their Harleys. Maybe they can ride together and show off to the girls (okay, in that case they should invite you too).

The lonely guy
We surely all know how it feels to be in a rut, and whether or not it’s explicable, it’s not enjoyable. While introducing a close friend to your sexy single accountant is a great idea, believe it or not, it can take more than romance to lift a person’s spirits, besides, he may already have a girlfriend. But if you have just the guy to make your friend forget about his problems because he’s a regular comedian and a great listener, you would be doing him a great service by introducing them to each other.

The new guy in town
If you’ve befriended the newest addition to your office who was just transferred from another city, you may want to help him get adjusted to the new city by introducing him to a friend you know he’ll get along great with. You can even set this new guy up with your whole circle of friends — just make sure he’s not too much cooler than you, or you might become yesterday’s news.

forging a business relationship

The guy who needs a job
Whether your newly graduated younger cousin or recently laid-off friend is looking for a job, your contacts are considered very valuable to those in job-search mode. You can even set two businessmen up for a mentor relationship.

The guy who wants a business partner
If you know two people with common business attitudes, goals and ideas, perhaps they can make great partners for a possible business venture, that is, if you’re not interested.

Here’s the plan, and what to avoid if you’re setting up two potential lovebirds… Next >>

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