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Ask a Matchmaker is your weekly go-to podcast for all things love and relationships. Hosted by fourth generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonsense insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying!

Latest Episodes

That Episode Where We #SlayTheMic with Jam Gamble

This week, it’s all about communication. How do you become a better listener? What if you’re dating someone that isn’t listening to you? We’re going to talk about how to be a better communicator AND how to be your most authentic self with #SlayTheMic queen, Jam Gamble! Jahmeelah “Jam” Gamble is an award winning media personality, sought out keynote speaker, and CEO behind “Slay The Mic”, a program that helps aspiring speakers, content creators, and entrepreneurs transform their voice into their ultimate superpower. Through corporate training, Slay The Mic Masterclass events, virtual learning, private coaching, and now through her recently launched course on Thinkific, she has helped over 700 voices have learned how to #SlayTheMic. Things discussed in this episode include… Maria’s Three Top Tips to a Successful First Date How to be a better listener, not only in dating but in all aspects of life. The best text message you can send someone you’re not interested in. A discussion on whether bowling is a great first date spot. (really!) How to have a “Safe word” for when you and your partner are in an argument. To sign up for Jam’s upcoming training events, visit https://linktr.ee/iamjamgamble Find Jam on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit http://askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

53 MIN3 d ago
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That Episode Where We #SlayTheMic with Jam Gamble

That Episode with Silence Breaker and Relationship Columnist Jasmine Lobe

This week, Maria welcomes Jasmine Lobe! Writer and actress Jasmine Lobe pens the relationship column, “The J-Spot", for the Observer. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, New York Post, Thought Catalog, The OkCupid Blog, New York Natives, and The Know Cultural Almanac. She's co-starred on Law & Order, Dirt, Cane, Retired at 35, The Human Giant, Hope & Faith, and acted in multiple web series and independent films. She is a Silence Breaker in #themetoo movement and is currently writing a memoir. Things discussed in this episode include… How to have a conversation with a potential partner about past traumas or situations in your past. How to feel comfortable explaining any insecurities or questions you have with someone you are interested in dating. What to do when you aren’t sure whether you should tell a guy you like him. How to meet people when we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The recipe to planning an in-person date during COVID. Find Jasmine on Instagram and Twitter Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit http://askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

55 MIN1 w ago
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That Episode with Silence Breaker and Relationship Columnist Jasmine Lobe

That Episode Where They Talk about Astrology with Chrissy Rutherford

This week, we have our heads up in the sky, looking at the stars...okay, it’s more like the astrological stars, but still! We’re digging into so many things, including how astrology plays into our lives with this week’s guest, Chrissy Rutherford! Chrissy is a fashion and social media expert with over 12 years experience in the industry. She was the Special Projects Director of Harper's Bazaar digital before leaving publishing in early 2020 in order to grow her personal brand and recently launched a diversity & inclusion consultancy for brands. Outside of fashion, Chrissy is a mental health advocate, music fanatic, and astrology lover who is always seeking the answers to life's bigger questions. Things discussed this week include… How astrology plays into your dating life and those you attract into it. How living back home with your parents has become “normal” during COVID. Why people get put into the “friend zone” and what you can do about it. The new rules of “zoom dates”...

46 MIN2 w ago
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That Episode Where They Talk about Astrology with Chrissy Rutherford

That Episode with The Man who Believes in Love, Evan Marc Katz

This week on the pod, Maria welcomes her first male guest! Not only is he a good friend, you could consider him the male version of Maria-- in that no nonsense dating advice sort of way. And boy does the conversation get heated! Billed as a “personal trainer for smart, strong, successful women,” dating coach Evan Marc Katz has been helping singles since 2003. He is the author of four books, most recently, “Believe in Love,” and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Today, the New York Times, and CNN. Since 2015, Evan’s blog has had over 30 million readers and 12,000 women have graduated from Love U, his six-month video course that helps women understand men and find love. Evan is very happily married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children. Even though they may disagree on some things, Maria and Evan bring it back to help dish out advice that you can use and relate to. Things talked about in this episode… What does it mean if your boyfriend watches p0rn? Should you still be friends with your ex? What does it mean if your ex is still following you on social media. How do you find the right guy when you have a certain criteria for them? Is it possible to know right away if someone is “the one.” Is “once a cheater, always a cheater” true? Follow Evan on Instagram Learn more about Evan at evanmarckatz.com Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
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That Episode with The Man who Believes in Love, Evan Marc Katz

That Episode with Head over Heels Author Hannah Orenstein

This week, Maria is quite excited for her special guest! Hannah Orenstein is the Senior Dating Editor at Elite Daily. She’s the author of three novels, including her newest release, Head over Heels: A Novel. She also was the youngest matchmaker for the largest dating service in the United States. Things discussed in this week’s episode include… Why it’s important to have the “what are we” talk and not to put it off. Maria’s theory on how long it takes to get over a crush. How to take a COVID-era online dating situation offline. Why having height as a dating criteria doesn’t matter in the long run. How to become a Trophy Wife. (seriously, we talk about that!) How men and women view first dates differently. Why “the one that got away” really isn’t and how it’s just a fantasy in your head. A guide to vegans on how to date non-vegans and WHY you should give them a chance. Pick up Hannah’s new book, Head over Heels: A Novel, at Amazon. Follow Hanna on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

50 MINJUL 14
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That Episode with Head over Heels Author Hannah Orenstein

That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani

It feels like narcissism has taken a bigger role in society in the last few years. What might start off as charming and great can quickly turn negative and unhealthy. How do we make sure we don’t get caught up with someone who is a narcissist? What should we look out for? How can you know if your partner IS one? Dr. Ramani Durvasula (better known as Dr. Ramani) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She takes on our modern scourges of entitlement and incivility in the book “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist. The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and related high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Dr. Ramani is an honest, authentic, and brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally. Topics discussed on the podcast include… The different types of narcissists. Signs to look for if you think someone is a narcissist. How to handle a narcissist if you’re in a relationship with them. The best way to be able to back away from a narcissist. An honest discussion about the changing dating landscape in the COVID era. Follow Dr. Ramani on Instagram You can find Dr. Ramani’s books on Amazon Find Dr. Ramani at her website. Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

74 MINJUL 7
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That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani

That Episode with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos

Finding the right words in a stressed situation can be frustrating. You want to make your thoughts known and it can be tough to say it just right so your message gets across. Not only is this an obstacle in dating, but in all of our relationships in life! Hence why Fotini Iconomopoulos is here this week to help you navigate those tricky situations when you need to say the right thing at the right time! Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life. For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides clients through high-stakes scenarios and creates customized intensive negotiation workshops for clients who want to further develop their teams across all industries. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC and CTV Television, a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business and offers her experience to non-profit initiatives. Topics discussed on this week’s podcast include… How to find the right words to say in a tense situation. What to say to a friend when they’re dating someone you think is wrong for them. How to manage your relationship using negotiation tactics. How you can use negotiation tactics to help you through any situation. Follow Fotini on Instagram Find Fortini at her website Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

62 MINJUL 7
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That Episode with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos

That Episode with the Online Dating Coach, Erika Ettin

It’s the first episode of Ask a Matchmaker! We start off this new series with a deep dive into the world of online dating! With the coronavirus pandemic, online dating has been taken to a whole other level. Since the in-person meeting options aren’t always available, how do you work through this new, uncharted world? That’s why Maria has brought on Erika Ettin to answer your questions and help you navigate these different dating times! Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…” Things discussed in this week’s podcast include… The perfect first message to send a match on an app. How to know whether a match is real. How men and women scroll through dating apps differently. Erika’s system on how to use an app so it doesn’t make you go crazy. Insight into the new world of zoom and virtual dating. Find Erika’s book, Love at First Site on Amazon. Find Erika on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com.

51 MINJUL 7
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That Episode with the Online Dating Coach, Erika Ettin

Coming Soon - Ask a Matchmaker!

Coming soon, you'll have the chance to ask all your questions about love and relationships to Ask a Matchmaker! Hosted by four generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonse insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying! Have questions for Matchmaker Maria? Send them to askamatchmakerpodcast@gmail.com Find Maria on Instagram at instagram.com/matchmakermaria

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Latest Episodes

That Episode Where We #SlayTheMic with Jam Gamble

This week, it’s all about communication. How do you become a better listener? What if you’re dating someone that isn’t listening to you? We’re going to talk about how to be a better communicator AND how to be your most authentic self with #SlayTheMic queen, Jam Gamble! Jahmeelah “Jam” Gamble is an award winning media personality, sought out keynote speaker, and CEO behind “Slay The Mic”, a program that helps aspiring speakers, content creators, and entrepreneurs transform their voice into their ultimate superpower. Through corporate training, Slay The Mic Masterclass events, virtual learning, private coaching, and now through her recently launched course on Thinkific, she has helped over 700 voices have learned how to #SlayTheMic. Things discussed in this episode include… Maria’s Three Top Tips to a Successful First Date How to be a better listener, not only in dating but in all aspects of life. The best text message you can send someone you’re not interested in. A discussion on whether bowling is a great first date spot. (really!) How to have a “Safe word” for when you and your partner are in an argument. To sign up for Jam’s upcoming training events, visit https://linktr.ee/iamjamgamble Find Jam on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit http://askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

53 MIN3 d ago
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That Episode Where We #SlayTheMic with Jam Gamble

That Episode with Silence Breaker and Relationship Columnist Jasmine Lobe

This week, Maria welcomes Jasmine Lobe! Writer and actress Jasmine Lobe pens the relationship column, “The J-Spot", for the Observer. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, New York Post, Thought Catalog, The OkCupid Blog, New York Natives, and The Know Cultural Almanac. She's co-starred on Law & Order, Dirt, Cane, Retired at 35, The Human Giant, Hope & Faith, and acted in multiple web series and independent films. She is a Silence Breaker in #themetoo movement and is currently writing a memoir. Things discussed in this episode include… How to have a conversation with a potential partner about past traumas or situations in your past. How to feel comfortable explaining any insecurities or questions you have with someone you are interested in dating. What to do when you aren’t sure whether you should tell a guy you like him. How to meet people when we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The recipe to planning an in-person date during COVID. Find Jasmine on Instagram and Twitter Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit http://askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

55 MIN1 w ago
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That Episode with Silence Breaker and Relationship Columnist Jasmine Lobe

That Episode Where They Talk about Astrology with Chrissy Rutherford

This week, we have our heads up in the sky, looking at the stars...okay, it’s more like the astrological stars, but still! We’re digging into so many things, including how astrology plays into our lives with this week’s guest, Chrissy Rutherford! Chrissy is a fashion and social media expert with over 12 years experience in the industry. She was the Special Projects Director of Harper's Bazaar digital before leaving publishing in early 2020 in order to grow her personal brand and recently launched a diversity & inclusion consultancy for brands. Outside of fashion, Chrissy is a mental health advocate, music fanatic, and astrology lover who is always seeking the answers to life's bigger questions. Things discussed this week include… How astrology plays into your dating life and those you attract into it. How living back home with your parents has become “normal” during COVID. Why people get put into the “friend zone” and what you can do about it. The new rules of “zoom dates”...

46 MIN2 w ago
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That Episode Where They Talk about Astrology with Chrissy Rutherford

That Episode with The Man who Believes in Love, Evan Marc Katz

This week on the pod, Maria welcomes her first male guest! Not only is he a good friend, you could consider him the male version of Maria-- in that no nonsense dating advice sort of way. And boy does the conversation get heated! Billed as a “personal trainer for smart, strong, successful women,” dating coach Evan Marc Katz has been helping singles since 2003. He is the author of four books, most recently, “Believe in Love,” and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Today, the New York Times, and CNN. Since 2015, Evan’s blog has had over 30 million readers and 12,000 women have graduated from Love U, his six-month video course that helps women understand men and find love. Evan is very happily married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children. Even though they may disagree on some things, Maria and Evan bring it back to help dish out advice that you can use and relate to. Things talked about in this episode… What does it mean if your boyfriend watches p0rn? Should you still be friends with your ex? What does it mean if your ex is still following you on social media. How do you find the right guy when you have a certain criteria for them? Is it possible to know right away if someone is “the one.” Is “once a cheater, always a cheater” true? Follow Evan on Instagram Learn more about Evan at evanmarckatz.com Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
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That Episode with The Man who Believes in Love, Evan Marc Katz

That Episode with Head over Heels Author Hannah Orenstein

This week, Maria is quite excited for her special guest! Hannah Orenstein is the Senior Dating Editor at Elite Daily. She’s the author of three novels, including her newest release, Head over Heels: A Novel. She also was the youngest matchmaker for the largest dating service in the United States. Things discussed in this week’s episode include… Why it’s important to have the “what are we” talk and not to put it off. Maria’s theory on how long it takes to get over a crush. How to take a COVID-era online dating situation offline. Why having height as a dating criteria doesn’t matter in the long run. How to become a Trophy Wife. (seriously, we talk about that!) How men and women view first dates differently. Why “the one that got away” really isn’t and how it’s just a fantasy in your head. A guide to vegans on how to date non-vegans and WHY you should give them a chance. Pick up Hannah’s new book, Head over Heels: A Novel, at Amazon. Follow Hanna on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

50 MINJUL 14
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That Episode with Head over Heels Author Hannah Orenstein

That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani

It feels like narcissism has taken a bigger role in society in the last few years. What might start off as charming and great can quickly turn negative and unhealthy. How do we make sure we don’t get caught up with someone who is a narcissist? What should we look out for? How can you know if your partner IS one? Dr. Ramani Durvasula (better known as Dr. Ramani) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She takes on our modern scourges of entitlement and incivility in the book “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist. The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and related high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Dr. Ramani is an honest, authentic, and brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally. Topics discussed on the podcast include… The different types of narcissists. Signs to look for if you think someone is a narcissist. How to handle a narcissist if you’re in a relationship with them. The best way to be able to back away from a narcissist. An honest discussion about the changing dating landscape in the COVID era. Follow Dr. Ramani on Instagram You can find Dr. Ramani’s books on Amazon Find Dr. Ramani at her website. Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

74 MINJUL 7
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That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani

That Episode with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos

Finding the right words in a stressed situation can be frustrating. You want to make your thoughts known and it can be tough to say it just right so your message gets across. Not only is this an obstacle in dating, but in all of our relationships in life! Hence why Fotini Iconomopoulos is here this week to help you navigate those tricky situations when you need to say the right thing at the right time! Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life. For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides clients through high-stakes scenarios and creates customized intensive negotiation workshops for clients who want to further develop their teams across all industries. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC and CTV Television, a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business and offers her experience to non-profit initiatives. Topics discussed on this week’s podcast include… How to find the right words to say in a tense situation. What to say to a friend when they’re dating someone you think is wrong for them. How to manage your relationship using negotiation tactics. How you can use negotiation tactics to help you through any situation. Follow Fotini on Instagram Find Fortini at her website Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

62 MINJUL 7
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That Episode with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos

That Episode with the Online Dating Coach, Erika Ettin

It’s the first episode of Ask a Matchmaker! We start off this new series with a deep dive into the world of online dating! With the coronavirus pandemic, online dating has been taken to a whole other level. Since the in-person meeting options aren’t always available, how do you work through this new, uncharted world? That’s why Maria has brought on Erika Ettin to answer your questions and help you navigate these different dating times! Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…” Things discussed in this week’s podcast include… The perfect first message to send a match on an app. How to know whether a match is real. How men and women scroll through dating apps differently. Erika’s system on how to use an app so it doesn’t make you go crazy. Insight into the new world of zoom and virtual dating. Find Erika’s book, Love at First Site on Amazon. Find Erika on Instagram Follow Maria on Instagram Have a question for Maria? Want to be part of an upcoming live taping of Ask a Matchmaker on Zoom? Visit askamatchmaker.com Join our Facebook group to be part of the ongoing dating conversation. To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com.

51 MINJUL 7
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That Episode with the Online Dating Coach, Erika Ettin

Coming Soon - Ask a Matchmaker!

Coming soon, you'll have the chance to ask all your questions about love and relationships to Ask a Matchmaker! Hosted by four generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonse insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying! Have questions for Matchmaker Maria? Send them to askamatchmakerpodcast@gmail.com Find Maria on Instagram at instagram.com/matchmakermaria

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