After that, we went to Nordstrom Rack to get Lenny some new shoes. For instance, if that client had sincerely been into one of those girls, Eric should have instructed him to get her number and take her out on a real date, not lure her back to his apartment for sex.

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He'd even introduced me to his sister, which I naively thought made me special.

Because of his job, Eric had the tools and persona to get any girl he wanted, and he used that to his advantage. Months later, he texted me saying I had left my scarf at his sister’s house with a picture of it.

It was some other girl's scarf, which further showed that I really had just been a number to him. Eric really opened my eyes to how much some (NOT all) people will say anything to get laid.

Anyone who’s procured multiple significant others over the course of his or her dating career will agree: every romantic relationship is truly unique. Eric specifically focused his attention on coaching men; but Giselle is convinced he taught HER way more than he did any client. I was out in the West Village with a friend one Friday night, when a tall handsome guy in his early 30s approached me by the coat rack. The coaches then picked a group of girls and told one of the guys to walk over and start talking to them.

For example: long distance won't work forever, don’t dip your pen in the company ink... That last bit of advice comes from my best friend Giselle, who once upon a time got hot and heavy with a professional dating coach we'll call Eric. I even went out "girl hunting" with him and a client one time. Eric and Jeff each had a client, and we all hopped around to five different bars before settling on one that had enough women.

He introduced himself as Eric and we began talking. Eric directly asked if my friends were hot and single because otherwise his business partner Jeff* wouldn’t come, which irked me. I wondered why would Eric choose a douchebag as a business partner in a line of work that revolves around impressing women. They all seemed like nice-enough guys, some far more awkward than others. After a few minutes, Eric walked over pretending to be the client’s real-life buddy and joined the convo.

He said he was there with a client, and I assumed Eric was a finance guy taking the client out for business drinks. Eric took me to a cozy wine bar and the date was incredible from start to finish. I was fascinated by his bizarre career and kept asking about it, but he kept trying to start deep life conversations. It eventually dawned on me that Jeff didn’t want me around because if Eric was with me, he wasn’t working. Part of the "coaching package" clients paid THOUSANDS of dollars for was staying in Eric and Jeff’s massive apartment. They did this over and over with different groups of women. It was hard not to get jealous because I literally had to stand back and watch my date hit on other women "for work." The girls always drooled over him and not the awkward clients.

He eventually revealed he was there helping this guy pick up women. We had a ton in common and after just one date I thought, "I really like him." At the time, it didn't occur to me that his charisma could be a result of his job. They’d fly in from all over the US and Eastern Europe, then go out every single night searching for women under Eric and/or Jeff’s wing. If Eric wasn’t physically attractive, I truly don’t think he'd be successful at his job.

Eric was a dating coach and co-owned a "coaching" business with his friend. I was definitely taken aback and thought about walking away. While dating Eric, what was the weirdest experience you had relating to his work? The coaches were teaching Lenny, an awkward 50-year-old man, how to pick up women on the street. I grew tired of watching, so I went back to his place to get some sleep; around 4am, I woke up to the voices of Eric, his client, and a group of girls in the living room.