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Meet Shira Teichman of Breakthrough Dating

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shira Teichman.

Shira, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Before I found my soulmate, I earned my “PhD in Dating” by miraculously surviving years of dead-end relationships, and learning from them— in hindsight. I’d meet guys at singles mixers or get set up on blind dates, and while there was occasionally some chemistry, I could just never seem to take the relationship to the next level. Before I knew it, I’d be back to square one—hoping, wishing and waiting for the right guy to come along.

At some point, I did some major introspection and critical observation of the dating world. I thought about my dating history. I looked around me and realized that far too often, we go through the motions of dating as if there’s a script we must follow in order to win over the other person. We worry about what they think of us, rather than considering how they make us feel about ourselves, how we “show up” in their presence, and how we make them feel on a date. We lose sight of our dreams for the future, lose touch with our values, and—unbeknownst to us—we turn dating into an emotional roller coaster of mind games that get us nowhere except into a downward spiral of dead-end relationships and broken hearts.

Is it any wonder, then, that most of us are left feeling stuck and disheartened about the process?

Anyone who’s dated for long enough knows that it can be painfully dis-empowering. Having an objective voice (someone besides a friend, parent or sibling, who come with their own biases and/or agendas,) to empower and equip you with relationship-building tools, can be a game-changer for reaching your goals. After nearly 10 years of “dating for marriage” with no success, I had had it. I was up to my nose in other people’s opinions, dating advice, and suggestions of dating prospects, which I typically found to be useless (at best) or, at worst, downright insulting.

Just when my search for a husband felt utterly hopeless, my life took a major turn when I finally discovered what was really holding back me and many of my friends from getting married. As it turned out, there was much more to dating successfully than what I had previously thought—but the answers didn’t lie in the dating books or articles I was reading online, or the dating classes I attended.

By opening my eyes to a few game-changing ideas and plugging them into my dating practice, I was able to transcend the obstacles that previously stood in my way, leading me to finally find and marry Yossi.

But that was just the beginning.

Convinced that the guiding principles which helped me to find–and more importantly, to recognize my soulmate when he came along–would be equally helpful to others, I set out on a mission to create a concrete series of real, effective solutions. I wanted to help other singles navigate the dating process effectively to avoid repeating the same mistakes that I did for many years, and finally achieve the committed relationship that they want.

The result was Breakthrough Dating: A series of paradigm-shifting coaching and workshop programs that offer a fresh, new, clarifying and proven effective method designed specifically for marriage-minded Jewish singles.

Since 2014, we have been serving Jewish singles all over the country. I’m grateful to share that the results our clients have experienced have been absolutely extraordinary. In fact, we’d call it a Breakthrough 🙂

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like any new business, there are always challenges and some are larger than others. Educating a market (a.k.a. introducing a brand new approach to relationship education) in a crowded, service-based industry has proven to be an uphill battle. It took a look time — “blood, sweat, and tears” —to make some headway. But once we finally did, the trend began to catch on and our successes drew in a larger client base. We are grateful for each opportunity that we have had to expand our market and offer our unique services to more people. I think people have noticed that what we do is different and it works, Creating a fantastic product has always been our top priority, and while it’s been constant hard work, it’s well worth the effort.

Breakthrough Dating – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
While there is a plethora of dating coaches out there, the other ones we have come across place a strong emphasis on teaching singles how to market themselves to their dates. There’s a focus out there on creating the best online dating profile, projecting the winning image, and flirting a certain way to win over the guy/girl you want. But in reality, this approach to dating is destructive, exhausting, and harmful. The games and manipulation tactics only lead to heartache and disappointment.

By contrast, our private coaching and group workshops are uplifting, realistic, and relevant. We use carefully designed interactive exercises that help our clients feel good about themselves and genuinely confident in their dating.

We don’t dole out “dating advice” — we help you see yourself more clearly, hone in on your goals in a serious way, and help you discover the optimal kind of partner for you. We bypass all the superficial stuff and instead, we promote an empowered dating culture that connects daters to each other in a deep, meaningful way. Now that’s real success!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Though we have helped so many of our single clients on the road to engagement, that is only one aspect of success. At Breakthrough Dating, success isn’t defined by a diamond ring on the finger or a walk down the aisle. It’s about the tools you bring with you into the most important relationship of your life: your marriage. It’s about having healthy and realistic expectations, and an empowered, clear approach to finding the right partner for you. It’s not about fluffy fairy tales — it’s about the real deal — which is why it works.

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