My Professional Background

If you’re wondering about my qualifications (as you should before you hire any self-professed “coach”), here’s some information about my background and training:

First, I have a fledgling Yelp page, so you can start by checking out my reviews. You may also be interested in my résumé and LinkedIn profile.

Throughout my professional life, I have worked in capacities where interpersonal communication is vital. Long before Social Savvy Sage, I was once a research scientist in evolutionary biology. That of course taught me about the biological basis for many human behaviors.

Then I taught for eight years at a school for at-risk teens. During this time is when I picked up my teaching, curriculum design, and counseling skills.

While working towards my teaching credential, I played poker professionally for a year. Through that endeavor, I learned quite a bit about … well, let’s just call it applied human psychology. I think of poker as the “dark arts” aspect of social savvy.

I left teaching to take a job at for four years, where I authored a bunch of writings and presentations on customer service and communication. You can check them out here.

I am also a comedy and relationships writer, which can be either an oxymoron or redundant, depending on your perspective. In 2008, I started blogging about relationships, originally as a way for myself to learn from a breakup. That led to a considerable amount of freelance writing on dating and human behavior, a well as an invitation to be a dating advice columnist (see below). Eventually, I launched my own crowdsourced dating advice site.

Lastly, I’m now working to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, so I can actually be qualified to help when people have relationship issues more serious than, “Well, how do I talk to her on a date?”

If you really want to throw yourself down the rabbit hole, here is a list of my internet writings on dating, relationships, human behavior, and basically anything relevant to Social Savvy Sage:


The Frisky

September 2018 note: The Frisky has been struggling for the past few years, and it looks like they are in the process of rebranding themselves and republishing old articles. As such, many of the links below aren’t currently working. Hopefully, they will be back up in the next few months. If not, I anticipated this happening and previously backed up all the articles I wrote for them, so I’ll just republish them here at some point if need be.

Dear Wendy

Guest Columns

“His Take”

Your Tango

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