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Renee Ho is passionate about changing the world by helping others be more happy and do what they are passionate about through the power of friendships.
Renee was born and raised in Northern California. She lived and went to school in Wyoming for five years where she was a division one soccer player for the University of Wyoming. Renee got a dual major in regular and special education. She learned Spanish while teaching at public and private schools in Costa Rica and Guatemala.
In her two years living in Maui, Renee taught at a public school as the kindergarten and severe and profound special education teacher. She also taught for two years at a non-profit autism school while living in Georgia. In this time she was the early intervention teacher, lead teacher and school director. She then taught at an autism and behavior specialty school in California for two years as a middle school teacher.
Renee has begun an informal organization called Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish. Amistad’s objective is to help Latina women in her community live a life full of passion and happiness through friendships.
Renee's bigger goal is to create a nation wide campaign for anti-bullying starting in elementary school until high school. This campaign would help end the stigma, that there are "cool kids" and "nerds" and that to be one is better than the other. The campaign will bring all kids and teenagers together and teach them that it is cool to be themselves and be friends with all people from different walks of life.
In Renee’s spare time she enjoys exercising, learning information that can help her grow, traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends. Renee believes and teaches that friendship with oneself and others is a powerful tool which can help be a part of bettering our world.
on Aug. 20, 2012 :
While I was reading The Friendship Effect, I had to put it down more than a handful of times because I was inspired and compelled to act on the advice from the book in that moment. One time I put it down to call a friend I had been thinking about. Another time I put the book down to text two of my friends that I missed them and wanted to hang out; I had dinner at their house that night. Part of the book is also about how to be a good friend to yourself, so at times I would put the book down to go for a walk or to do other things just for myself. There are so many extraordinarily useful actions in the book that you can take. One thing I loved was making a list or a calendar of all of your friends' special dates so you could send them a card or give them a call on those important dates, like birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments, etc. Another useful thing is Magical Ease, which is a handful of really amazing techniques that help you to be more open to others and that help others feel comfortable and be more open around you.
This book is targeted towards people who have difficulty with making friends. I don't have any problems with making friends, but I still gained a lot from reading the book. There's also a lot of useful information on how to maintain and strengthen relationships. And for people who want to strengthen their networking skills, a lot of these techniques and suggestions are about creating genuine and strong connections with people, which is what being a great networker is about.
The Friendship Effect shows us how to be better friends with ourselves and with others. It's a great resource.
(reviewed long after purchase)