The Good: The routine chat sessions and the forum add a lot of the value in this program through its ability to provide you with personal feedback and answer your questions when you hit 'sticking points'. The 'friendly' forum provides a good emotional support mechanism for students who want more support.
The structure of the program is also well organized in terms of the course themes, and the progressive 'mission' structure (one of the firm's strongest points). Many students are obviously progressing well judging by posts in the private VIP forum for students. All these points add up to making it an easy to implement program.
The Bad: The content overall is very basic. It keeps to the foundational knowledge of the pick up community and makes limited use of video or other media that could be useful (i.e. in relation to missions). There is little innovative material in the course. At over $80 per month, this is a pricey program.
The Bottom Line:This is a good program for beginners who want more support as they learn. The well structured courses and ability to get feedback fit these students well. It makes it very easy to implement.
If you have already studied dating or have a reasonable track record of success this is definitely not a program for you.
The program is pricey. You are paying a premium for Style's (Neil Strauss') personal brand, as the most well known pick up artist thanks to his bestselling book 'The Game'.
The Stylelife Academy was the first move to revolutionize dating coaching by moving it online and using eLearning (which is less coach intensive). The idea is to make customized coaching more affordable. Since then there have been other companies moving to the same model (notably Sex God Method, Mehow and PUA Training).
Getting Started - Takes Getting Used to? Where's My Introductory Package?
When you first sign up, you get immediate access to the online part of the program. You are supposed to receive an introductory package in the post, however, when I asked about this 2 weeks later The Sneak (my allocated coach) told me it hadn't been put together yet.
When you first get into the online member site, it is a little confusing. I found it to be badly laid out, and was surprised that everything was jammed onto just one page labeled 'mission'. I struggled to find things, and actually thought I was somehow missing a lot of the content. Fortunately there was an introductory guide that could be downloaded, and after reading that it was easy to navigate around.
Real Personalized Advice? Or Just Bravado?
The first step when you join up is to do your personal assessment test. The idea is that this will allow stylelife to customize your missions to your experience level. Customizing a dating program is not easy to do, even face to face, so with an automatically customized system, one of the first things I wanted to look at was how it would customize the course based on my assessment test. If it did well it could be a big advantage of the program, if not it could detract a lot of the value from the content.
I did the personal analysis test, first, as if I was a complete beginner. Evaluated that for a few days, and then redid the test with my real details (which I won't divulge here, but you can imagine after 8 years as a pick-up artist what these may be).
The test is based on how many sexual partners you've had, girls you've kissed in the last 2 months and how long you've been in long term relationships. Some pretty basic, but useful criteria to assess someone's experience level. They also ask you a series of questions to evaluate your Attraction Skills, Rapport Skills and Seduction Skills.
As a beginner the test told me I had an MSI (Mating Success Indicator) of 8% and AEI (Attraction Expert Level) of 5%! Looking good so far, very much beginner since both indicators are normal curves (50% being the median). The MSI compares your success with that of all the other guys who have taken the test. The AEI is a little harder to understand, but I believe that Stylelife has set an optimum level (that they judge to be the highest potential of men) and calculated based on that rather than data from students.
In my second round a few days later, the test results told me I had an MSI (Mating Success Indicator) of 100% and AEI (Attraction Expert Level) of 95%. Since the normal curves the test uses are based on the data from the students themselves it made sense with my experience and history I would be at the top (although I personally consider that I still have some potential to improve - I guess that is my 5% remaining AEI). The output also identified me as "The Party Guy" type.
The Outcome? So the test was pretty accurate. But what about the missions that were given as a result?
Once you have done the test you can get started on the missions straight away. You can complete a maximum of 2 per day, and you write a journal entry on them once completed (which the instructors will evaluate and then give you feedback as necessary). If you finish both missions in a day you can also do an extra credit mission, and report back on your progress on it in the forums. The missions are presented on one page in text and are relatively brief in terms of instructions - this was a disappointing point for me also. If there had been some supporting content such as video to demonstrate missions this would a lot more helpful and motivational. I was looking for demonstration videos I'd heard about, but couldn't find them.
The Missions for Beginners: Some Useful, Some Quirky. Overall Disappointing Quality.
My missions as a beginner were very straightforward in courses named 'develop your identity', 'conquer social anxiety' and 'achieve super confidence'. I found some of them to be 'off topic'. The strangest example was a mission that asked me to perform menial tasks to my best throughout a day. Whilst I understand the reasoning behind it (building your sense of achievement and ability to do things), I don't agree in anyway that this is going to help anyone improve their dating life.
Having said this, there were other missions that weren't directly related to dating or pick up, but more general social skills that are a strong point of the program, as they build overall social skills. The vast majority of dating products fail to address this important aspect (which is important for dating beginners.
I'd put down having a few previous girlfriends and basically having a not very active girl life other than that in the personal test - but I felt like it was treating me like someone who needed to build some confidence even before thinking about women (which is fine, since I've had students with that requirement myself in the past, but in this case it wasn't relevant). Otherwise, the course topics were sound and very relevant for a beginner - I was disappointed with the quality of the missions themselves.
The Missions for Advanced: Not Bad.
Moving on to the missions I got with my advanced profile. The level of mission difficulty definitely went up, making it more challenging. One was to use "a lock in prop" on a girl. This is still what I'd call beginner level, but more challenging. The first extra credit mission they gave me however, was "Train a Pivot", definitely an advanced level mission. Talking with other students I can see that the mission structure actually works well for the majority of students, steadily increasing the challenge they get.
I didn't receive any feedback from my few days of using the program and journaling about my missions. I didn't ask any specific questions in my notes though.
The Stylelife VIP Elite Forum and F.O.C.U.S. (Faculty Online Chat Ultimate Sessions)
The Stylelife VIP elite discussion forum is a great part of the offering, there are a lot of posts - at the time of writing it had nearly 100,000 individual posts amassed from its students and instructors combined.
There is a strong collegial and supportive feel in the forum with students helping each other and instructors stepping in to add advice when necessary. This is aided by the strong course structure provided by the missions - so students have to tackle the same issues. An interesting part is also the section on Field Reports from the instructors where they describe their outings and attach photos and short videos from time to time. This will be motivational to read, as there are a lot of successes recorded there. It also has Style's old archive of posts from when he was learning.
Stylelife names its chat sessions F.O.C.U.S. (Faculty Online Chat Ultimate Sessions). These are another good point of the program, giving you the ability to talk directly with instructors when you have a sticking point.
The Bottom Line
In summary, the Stylelife Academy, is well suited for beginners and should be effective in taking you to an intermediate level of experience and getting reasonable success with women.
The price tag, however, is expensive, particularly as you will be on the course for at least several months to get the full value out of it and finish all of the missions (there are actually few examples of students having finished all 500+ missions, although many are already achieved dating success).
This is clearly not a course for anyone more experienced who is already getting some success with women. T- there are better, more well suited products out there if you have more experience.
- Personal dating profile analysis (initial use for customization of missions, and later for monitoring progress)
- Step-by-step lessons customized to your dating profile (taken from vault of 550 daily missions)
- Submission of comments to instructors at end of each mission for review and feedback
- Access to private student forums on stylelife.com
- Access to daily 1 hour scheduled chat sessions with Stylelife instructors (students take in turn to submit questions to the instructor on chat each day - the idea is for students to ask questions about their sticking points)
- Monthly DVD or CD mailed to you from Stylelife Instructors and Style
- Monthly pick up magazine mailed to you (with routines, recent field reports from Style where he breaks them down, and other pick up information)
What You Get:
- Access to Stylelife Online Members Area
- Starter Kit (Academy orientation package, Stylelife tie)
- 30% Discount for 1 Stylelife Seminar or Workshop
Guarantee / Terms:
You can cancel your enrollment at any time. If you cancel in the first 30 days, you'll get a full refund.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Just to let you know, I have been all over the internet, trying to find what works when it comes to getting the girl, and come to find out, a lot of why I wasn't had to do with me. I was looking at all these different sites that said they would teach you the ways, but they didn't address that I had self confidence and depression issues. Now, Style Life Academy is not where I could find therapy, but it did help me address the issues that I needed to see were the issue, and they did help me fix them. I realize I have self worth. I'm not saying that you have any issues, or that my issues are your issues, but what I want you to understand is that StyleLife is custom tailored to fit your personality. Your program might be totally different than mine. I started off doing a lot of missions that dealt with inner game, and confidence building excersices because socially I am an introvert and keep to myself for fear of what everyone else would think about me. I had always been the silent, fifth weel. I personally went to the StyleLife Seminar out here in LA, and I had my eyes opened. StyleLifeAcademy conference was awesome and they are in good standing with all the other academies. They are not a rival. Mystery and Matador were both there, Ross Jeffries was there, Hypnotica and Stevie P were there. All the big shots were there helping us out. If you have any questions on the forum they even have the coaches there that are completely dedicated to helping you out. I was already in the program for a few months, and my game had been getting better and better. I now have two girlfriends and they know about each other. Before I read The Game and Mystery Method, I had no clue what was wrong, except that I knew I was shy. By all means, try the 30 day trial, sign up for the newsletters. I was getting the newsletters for 3 months before I joined and they have real tips in them, not some marketing bull about "wouldn't it be great for women to actually walk up to you?" The newsletters only would advertise for the last paragraph or something like that. Everything else was tips, and I ate it all up. Finally I just had to sign up in September. My profile is custom tailored to fit my personality to work on the issues that would help me benefit the most, and I have never been more happy in my life. My friends see the change, my family even sees the change and my parents could not be prouder. I actually have an air of confidence when I walk into a room now, and everyone can feel it. If you are thinking about joining StyleLife, I say you should do it. I looked at the other schools, and I saw that they couldn't help nearly as much as this one. Sure they are all good schools, they can teach you how to get the girl, but inner happiness and self confidence is a little harder to build if your only goal is to fix the girl problem. You should try to fix you, and fixing you attracts more people to you.
It's not the same thing as the expensive personalized program, but it's really good. They have exercises for improving your tonality, posture, confidence, everything.
You have to really make a personal committment to do the exercises though and some of them involve pushing yourself to talk to strangers so don't think you can do it all in front of your computer.
Try that before you start spending money. I think all of this self-improvement can be done basically for free. I'd recommend reading MM, The Game, and How to win friends and influence people and then go out in the field 5 nights a week opening sets and reading material online. Shave your head, lose weight, go tanning, whiten your teeth, wear cool clothes and jewelry, and then go out in the field and start getting blown out of set after set after set. You have to push through the pain period and you have to be willing to do it on your OWN. The only way to socially calibrate is to force yourself to be social. To quote Mystery "keep your money in your wallet."
I didn't think it was worth the money. It took two weeks to even get into the appearance exercises (where you start changing your appearance) and I really just didn't want to wait that long. I wanted more to chew on. That's the only problem with stylelife - they only give you small daily exercises to build on and I wanted something to really work on.
Last month was my 1 year anniversary of being on SLA...the free side. I joined the "Elite" side in December. I had to quit in March for financial reasons, but am starting back up.
The live nightly chats are probably the most valuable part of the paid side...for me.
I haven't done any missions, yet, because the assessment wanted me to start with inner game stuff, and my inner game is solid.
The videos on DVD are excellent. December's on winging helped Project DC guys immensely. I saw the video, learned what it taught, then showed the guys what i learned. We then applied it and are now incredible wings.
I got a lecture from Steve P and Zan that re-inforced my thought that I do have solid inner game, because what they expressed is exactly where I am.
The magazine was my only disappointment. It has too little information.