One-to-one advice and help
Aside from the sources above, there are a number of dating coaches offering their services to daters. You'll find details of the types of service on offer on our personal coaching page.
Bear in mind, also, that if you want advice during your membership of a dating agency, many offer a membership - such as RSVP's Platinum service - where you get plenty of one-on-one attention from a dedicated matchmaker as part of the service. In some cases, your membership will entitle you to the services of the owner or managing director of the agency, who will be on the end of the phone for any dating quandaries in which you find yourself.
Friends and colleagues
Whilst many well-meaning friends and colleagues will do their best to 'match you up' when you are single, you need to be a little wary of such situations. After all, you are not some commodity to be shipped around to make your friends feel useful. Keep in mind, also, that successful dating is all about opportunity; and even the most well-connected friend is only going to know a handful of single girls or guys.
There really is value to be had in putting your future happiness in the hands of the professionals. After all, would you let your friends choose your next house for you? Or your next job?
Be polite but be firm.