The Dating Up Podcast

On the Dating Up Podcast, hosts Becky Sampson and Jeff Snider talk to real people about real issues. Guests include experts in the fields of online dating, relationships, security, and a vast array of other topics relevant to people in the online dating world. Check out to see the Dating Up difference.
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Feb 24, 2016
Rita Goodroe: Take Charge of Your Love Life and Have More Fun Dating

Rita Goodroe joins host Becky Sampson to talk about how to enjoy dating again.

About Rita, from Rita: "Hop back with me to 2006 when I started Singles in the Suburbs, a social group for singles in the 'burbs of DC. I figured that a few people would join, I'd make a friend or two and the group would die out. Nine years later, it has about 4,000 members. I started getting media requests for interviews about "all things single" which is really funny because I met a guy, seriously, 2 days after I started the group. We dated, and ran the group together, for 5 years until #‎suddenlynotsosuddenly we broke up. Well, he dumped me. And of course it wasn't "so suddenly" because, let's get real, 5 ring...lots of things I get the picture. Thanks to a bottle of wine and a birthday (I was about to turn 35), I brainstormed an idea to go on 35 dates in 35 days and blog all about it. I emailed out to my friends and gave them the time range and told them I didn't want to know anything about the guys...not their age, not their race, not what they did for a living...and I wanted the guy to pick the activity. The point was to do things I would normally not do and meet people I would normally not meet so I would be all kinds of uncomfortable so I could deal with how I handled those situations and learn about me. It was these lessons that I blogged about (not the guy or whether he paid or pushed in my chair). Through one of my 35 dates, I was introduced to a coach who told me I was being crazy and I should quit the law immediately and coach people myself. I, being a lawyer, ignored her and poo-poo'd that idea 'cause "seriously??!" was all I could think. I did take her training because I was on a personal growth kick and figured it couldn't hurt. But, wouldn't you know it - I had gotten too comfortable and the Universe was having NONE of it so it conspired to end my contract with the firm I was working for at the time. So I was at a crossroads and instead of being miserable and finding another legal job I decided to be happy and hop into coaching. I threw myself into dating & relationship coaching and knocked it out of the park damn near immediately! I mean, the DAY after I made the decision - it was rewarded, as I was asked to be a dating expert for The Washington Post live chat with readers! Shortly thereafter I was asked to tour as a panelist for the national tour of The Great Love Debate AND, a year later, I was a finalist for the iDate 2014 Best Dating Coach award (yes, the date coaching world has the equivalent of the Oscars haha). It was then that I realized that most of the people coming up to me WEREN'T singles asking about dating but, rather, were entrepreneurs asking me how I did I manged to quit Corporate America and build a successful business so rapidly. So I dipped back into my business law background, sat and gave my busines a hard look and started advising entrpreneurs on designing and growing their businesses. I've sinced founded my coaching business and my Facebook community that has turned into an extension of my coaching practice and LOVE helping people make more money, find more time and LIVE their lives. (I also still do date coaching because it's just too fun to leave - and still participate in the Great Love Debate and run a group date coaching program!)"

Feb 17, 2016
Abel Keogh: Dating Advice for Widowers and the Women Who Date Them

Abel Keogh lost his wife to suicide when she was seven months pregnant with their first child. Keogh talks openly with Dating Up about what he experienced, his journey through dating as a widower, and how he fell in love and married again 15 months after his late wife’s death. Keogh offers great dating insight for widowers looking to date again and the women who date them.


Feb 10, 2016
Helena Summer: Woman Up so your Man will Man Up

Host Becky Sampson talks with Helena Summer about how to "woman up" so your man will "man up."

Helena Summer is a founder of "Liv Delicious" - a lifestyle movement.

She gave up on having love or romance and became a missionary nun, at her early teen years.

Her first romantic experience was an arranged marriage, to a former priest.

Yes. She was married (and divorced) before she even had a first date.

Ever since then, she embarked on a fascinating journey, passionately studying with the world's best love experts and teachers.

Of course, she went on dates with more than 500 men, to learn how they think and how to respect them for who they are.

Today, married to her "Sexy Lexi," Helena is passionately spreading the message of love wherever she goes.

Reach her at and get her 5 steps video course in how to ask for what you want from men in your world.

Feb 3, 2016
Dr. Gary Salyer: From Lusting to Lasting

Host Becky Sampson talks with Dr. Gary Salyer about relationships and the psychology of finding the right one.

Dr. Gary D. Salyer is a master transformational relationship coach who helps people re-write the rules for love in their brains. This allows amazing shifts to happen in a very short period of time so that people can have the extraordinary relationship they want and deserve. Dr. Salyer speaks to a national audience as a featured expert panel member for The Great Love Debate and also various celebrity TV and radio shows. His life purpose is to change ‘a generation’s fate with love.’

Dr. Gary is the creator of the Safe to Love Again™ Workshop and co-hosts the Extraordinary Couples™ Retreat and other Extraordinary Couples™ programs with his beloved partner, Dr. Dianne Frost. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Safe to Love Again: How to Release the Pain of Past Relationships and Attract Your Soul Mate. Dr. Gary offers a unique blend of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Bert Hellinger's "Family Systems" approach and Attachment Theory, the science of relationships. As one client said, “he re-sets your system for love in a science-based, heart delivered manner.” For more information, go to his website at