Five questions: Leslie Wardman



Leslie Wardman

Leslie Wardman, the CEO and founder of Ambiance Matchmaking, is a matchmaker, an author and an expert on love and dating.

1 What’s the difference between an online dating website and your matchmaking business? I don’t know what the percentage of fraudulent online profiles is, but it has continued to grow. You just don’t know what you are getting yourself into. Also, on online profiles, I think a lot of people put a little bit more of what they wish they were, as opposed to reality. That must be the No. 1 difference because we screen people, and online they don’t.

We do a phone interview followed by an in-office personal consultation, where we ask the client about family values, work, hobbies, how they spend their time on the weekends and more. We are very particular about who we take as a client. We feel very strongly that someone should have their ducks in a row before they go into something that is huge, such as (finding) a significant other or marriage.

2 What makes two people a good match? First, I will say that of all the couples that have gotten married (through Ambiance), only one that we know of has divorced. The point being, we put together really good marriages.

We are always getting more sophisticated and savvy, but one thing that determines a good match would be how someone was raised. It’s like being programmed, like a computer. And how you watched your parents interact.

Also, how somebody knows himself or herself. The more you know yourself, the more you can readily embrace a significant other. And if I could add one more, I would say energy and balance. By “energy” I mean what kind of energy you have — how you embrace life and go after it.

3 What is the No. 1 mistake people make when looking for love? People have these guidelines and barriers and rules, and they think that they have to implement them in order to find the best match — and nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to write a book right now, it would be called “Leslie’s Rule Book,” and you would open it up and it would be a bunch of blank pages. I think people need to be more open-minded to the possibilities as opposed to having a little box where they think their significant other is sitting.

4 What is your idea of the perfect date? The right table, a glass of wine, a nice ambiance where you can get to know each other one on one, to talk and embrace each other’s ideas and philosophies and thoughts. It’s pretty simple. … Because if you meet the right person, there is nothing you want more than to sit there and get enthralled in their world and what makes them tick, and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. And then maybe take a walk.

5 What advice do you have for someone looking for love? Know yourself. The better you know yourself, the better you will be able to love yourself and open up the possibility of loving someone else. … For anyone that has given up on love, tell them not to. It’s worth the hunt and the search, and it involves some energy and strategic planning, perhaps. … Explore the possibilities, and keep living and learning and questing for that possibility.


Fill in the blanks

When I’m bored I … I don’t know. I call my boyfriend? I don’t get bored because there is always something to do. I like to exercise, read and learn.

Day or night person? Definitely both!

To unwind, I … have a glass of wine.

My worst habit is … Facebook.

The last book I read was … Bill O’Reilly’s new bestseller, “Killing Jesus.” It’s a great book.

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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
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Legion LIVE! 2018 is a day-long event filled with live music on two stages, broadcast live to troops around the world! FREE and open to the public, the event raises much-needed funds for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Legion Post 1
Telephone: 918-809-3745
Contact Name: Kasey Rideout

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
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Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

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Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 191-889-56302

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Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theatre presentation incorporating all elements of Bharatanatyam, some elements of yoga, theatre, spoken word and music. The performance exemplifies the example of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: (918) 625 6037
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
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Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman.  For mature audiences.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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“Sovereignty” comes to Tulsa for a reading

Monday, June 18, see a staged reading of the buzzed-about new play by Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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QUIZ: Which Tulsa Mural Fits Your Personality?

Tulsa has a plethora of colorful, vibrant murals! But which one should be the backdrop for your next selfie?

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Video: BA Ninja Warrior

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The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis

The popular cover band is scheduled to bring the good times (and huge crowds) to Summer's Fifth Night in Utica Square on June 7.

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When you’re 4, everything is super

From the editor: Here's to a super-duper June, Tulsa!

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