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Balfour says she looks for maturity in an employee as well as warmth and the ability to "put people at their ease in seconds.This is because of unrealistic expectations about what the business involves.She recommends a background in business (perhaps recruitment) and counselling.In other cases, a member may ring and say: "I had a wonderful time last night, they had to throw us out of the restaurant, but the thing is, I didn't fancy him." What a matchmaker has to do is to "enthuse" people to get past that first date and persuade them to try again.Kennedy says that while some members do disappear off the radar, others send wedding invitations and baby pictures. But it turned out to be "damn hard work," she says.