‘He kept going on about his boating holiday on the Thames. As we walked down the King’s Road, me with my designer handbag and Terry with his rucksack, I just thought, “So much for the neuro- linguistic programming.” ’But there was worse to come.Over pizza, Ms Fontaine discovered that Terry wasn’t a paying member of Elect.‘He said he had had a call from them inviting him to come to some events.He had been a member of a dating agency in Gerrard’s Cross in Buckinghamshire that had shut down and Elect had bought it. When Ms Fontaine emailed to complain, she received an email back from Daniel Andre, the CEO of the company, saying: ‘Each of our members have specific criteria and their requirement doesn’t especially match your profile, I am afraid. Unfortunately, Elect decided she owed them two months’ membership.
It also claimed that all its consultants, as staff were called, were trained in neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP – a psychotherapy technique based on the connection between neurological processes and language – and this technique was used when potential members were interviewed.
Elan London is proud to be a full member of the prestigious Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA) which means we operate in an open and ethical manner; have been assessed to have a long standing, proven, successful matchmaking model, and adhere to a strict code of conduct.
We have also been the recipient of many awards and belong to all reputable matchmaking associations.
When I rang the LSE, they said they had never heard of such a course.
Pressed on how NLP might make them more expert in matchmaking, Ms Guennifa said: ‘I’m not saying it makes us any better.