133: Assertive communication makes for a healthy conversation - with Rhonda Noordyk.
About Rhonda Noordyk
Rhonda Noordyk is the Founder & CEO of The Women’s Financial Wellness Center. As a Certified Financial Education Instruction, her speaking platform provides education, inspiration and hope for recently or soon-to-be single women. She has been featured at GE Healthcare, The Brady Corporation and Marquette Law School to name a few. In addition, she has appeared on Fox6 News, and Morning Blend. Most recently, Rhonda launched her own Podcast called Divorce Conversations for Women.
Can you tell us about your public speaking journey?
“yea, well it’s interesting because I actually started speaking when I was 11-years-old. And so, I feel like public speaking is something that has been always a part of my life. I will tell the listeners, even after all of these years I still do get nervous…”
What are three tips you have for those who want to leverage public speaking for their business?
“Make sure you have a topic that you are super passionate about. And the reason for that is because a lot of times its less about the words than the actual passion behind it…”
What is your biggest pet peeve related to public speaking?
“my first one is going over in the time allotted. So, if somebody says you have 20-minutes, you have 20-minutes. If they say you have an hour, you can take the 50 minutes and tee up time for questions…”
Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?
“yea so networking for me is one of things that I really want to be intentional. And I’m sure I’m not alone in the sense that networking is not, if I’m totally honest, my most favorite thing to do. And even though I’m a fairly outgoing person it really still is challenging for me sometimes…”
How do you stay in front of or best nurture your network or community?
“so, one of the ways that has worked really well for me is, well certainly social media has been an important piece of it and doing, honestly a lot of my potential are on Facebook. And so, doing Facebook live certainly helps to nurture that relationship…”
What advice would you offer to the business professional who is looking to grow their network?
“I would say, make a list of some potential opportunities for you to get involved. And find things you enjoy doing, I think that makes networking as a whole a little bit easier if you are part of organizations that you resonate with…”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
“well, I’m still very much a face to face kind of person. But as my business has continued to grow, I’ve certainly, I guess out of necessity been forced to embrace the digital aspect.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
“one thing that I wish I would have done sooner in my career is become very good at assertive communication. Because I remember learning about assertive communication in college…”
We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?
“I think the person I would actually like to meet, is Kristin Armstrong. And the reason for that is because obviously she’s an athlete, but she went through a really challenging divorce many years ago. And…”
What book are you reading right now?
“most of my reading right now is studying for additional credentials, to better serve my clients…”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. And so just knowing that we can put ourselves into those experiences that will change us moving forward.”
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