And then, finally, after over 120 dates, on December 4th, 2009, I did it.
I'm in the former category, and I always tell skeptics, if you meet the love of your life online, you won't care how the heck you met — you'll just be thrilled that you did! I perfected my profile and e-mails to a point that my "hit rate," or percentage of guys who responded to my initial e-mail was over 60%, almost unheard of in the online dating world. Basically, I learned what worked in my own personal experiment.
This approach is very similar to financial, career, and other types of professional coaching.
Sometimes a person can become a dating coach with no professional training at all.
This is perhaps the most difficult method, even though it requires no studying.