Meet the lovechild of Carrie Bradshaw and Crocodile Dundee (that’s me!)
Hello and welcome! I’m Elly Klein – Your Dating Bestie. As a professional dating mentor, I help women master online dating and find the man of their dreams as quickly and smoothly as possible. Why? Because it’s way better than slowly and painfully. Trust me!
How do I do that? Well, for starters, I’m my own online dating success story. After experiencing almost every dating high and low over 25 years (including 11 online), 3 countries (The United States, Canada and Australia) and 7 dating sites (eek, what a rollercoaster ride!), I finally met my husband, David, online in Sydney at the age of 38. (Yep, that’s us in the pic, which was snapped at an Italian restaurant on a romantic weekend away.)
You might be interested to know David worked just as hard (if not harder) at online dating before he met me. He went on over 200 dates (seriously!) in 2015 in an effort to find someone he could spend his life with. Good thing he didn’t give up at the end of the calendar year because he only had to keep going for another 3 weeks before I came along and ruined his fun.
An Americanized Australian (g’day, y’all)
I’m originally from Sydney, Australia, but have lived and worked in Canada (Vancouver, Whitehorse and Whistler) and, more recently, the US (New York – miss it so much!).
I’m currently based in my hometown of Sydney. But as my last three boyfriends were American, half my friends are American, and many of my clients are American, I’m somewhat of an Americanized Australian. So, don’t let the accent or time difference deter you. If you’re American or Canadian, I’m totally on your wavelength.
My qualifications (a unique set of skills)
What makes someone a dating expert? Well, it’s a combination of things, such as plenty of experience with dating and relationships, an insatiable passion for the topic and a knack for helping people find love – starting with yourself.
Simply being a therapist does NOT make you a dating expert, especially an online dating expert. My fave dating books weren’t written by therapists. My fave dating coaches aren’t therapists. Unfortunately, there are no university degrees in online dating setting the standard. But even if there were, there still wouldn’t be one right answer for everything. Different dating experts would disagree, just as different experts on every topic from politics to pizza-making disagree. So, it’s not fair to expect your dating expert to have all of the answers all of the time. But it is fair to expect them to have experience, wisdom and the ability to point you in a positive direction.
I’ve been helping people find love online for over a decade with my unique set of skills. And I’ve been obsessed with dating and relationships for over three decades. I also have a few professional credentials. Here’s a timeline for you…
❤ In 1989, I bought my first dating and relationship advice book. I was 11 years old and I still have it (and love it). It was the first of many.
❤ In 1998, I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Communication (Advertising/Marketing).
❤ In 2001, I topped AWARD School (the auspicious Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association program). This is ‘kind of a big deal’ in the advertising industry, so it’s an achievement I’ll always be extremely proud of.
❤ In 2002, I started working as a copywriter in top advertising agencies writing print, outdoor, radio TV and new media campaigns for such clients as Virgin and Nestle.
❤ In 2004, I went freelance.
❤ In 2006, I began writing online dating profiles professionally. Being a copywriter, I always had a great dating profile and wanted to help others with theirs. I’m proud to say I’ve been thanked at several weddings as a direct result of my professionally written dating profiles, .
❤ In 2011, my humorous dating advice book, Men Are Like a Box of Chocolates, was published. It received a ton of media coverage in Australia and the US. A highlight was the book being selected as one of 20 Australian products to be gifted to Ellen DeGeneres for Christmas.
❤ In 2015, I invested in a comprehensive 6-month dating and relationship course with a top American dating coach. I really enjoyed it, had some major breakthroughs and met some lifelong friends.
❤ In 2016, I met David online.
❤ In 2018, after building a healthy, happy relationship, I started working with clients one-on-one as a dating coach to help them find love online.
❤ In 2019, David and I got married and were lucky enough to have a beautiful wedding on Sydney Harbour with 90 family members and friends just weeks before the bush fires and months before COVID.
❤ In 2021, I launched Your Dating Bestie so I could help as many women as possible find love in a fun, effective and affordable community.
But enough about me – let’s talk about you
I could go on and on, but I think you’ll find other pages on my website much more interesting…
❤ HOME / START HERE: This will give you a good snapshot of what Your Dating Bestie is all about
❤ PODCAST & BLOG: For some juicy FREE dating advice, you can listen to the Your Dating Bestie Podcast and read my blog right here on my website or listen to the podcast in your fave podcast app.
Some of my must-listen podcasts episodes are:
–> Ep 1: Who I am, what I do and how I have the nerve to call myself a dating expert
–> Ep 2: Break up with your breakup: 3 unconventional mindset shifts for moving forward
–> Ep 3: Why you’re still single (or at least why I was)
–> Ep 4. Flakier than a fresh croissant: What to do when a promising new man lets you down
❤ HOW I CAN HELP YOU: If you want to find out exactly how I can help you, start by watching my FREE masterclass. Expect to have at least one major breakthrough (like an Oprah ‘a-ha’ moment).
❤ MEDIA: If you’d like to watch me on TV and discover all the times I’ve been featured in the media, this page lists every appearance.
❤ CONTACT: Have a question or need to reach me? Click over to this page to email me.