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Rent University now in San Francisco! “Business Bootcamp” Class Jul 31

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For the first time, RENT-U heads to San Francisco
SIGN UP now! It’s Free to Attend - Space is limited.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
(2-4PM)
"Badass Bootcamp" Web Marketing + Safety Class.
Work with a marketing expert to boost your escort brand and imagery, targeting your ideal client and fan base.

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June 5 Rent University Class: Steps to PrEP - Learning what’s true, what isn’t and if PrEP is right for your life.

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Thurs, June 5 Rent University Class
NEW YORK CITY
2-4 Pm Free to Attend with RSVP
Steps to PrEP  Learning what’s true, what isn’t and if PrEP is right for your life.

NEW YORK CITY – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new option for preventing HIV that can allow for more control over your health and an enhancement of your relationships while protecting you from HIV. When taken as directed, PrEP is greater than 90% effective at preventing HIV and it’s a game-changing option for men in the industry who have difficulty negotiating condom use or choose not to use condoms.

This will be an honest and frank conversation where we explore the following topics:

  • How PrEP works
  • Risks and benefits
  • How to access and pay for PrEP
  • Pleasure and intimacy
  • PrEP and stigma

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See more Rent-U classes. Rent-U is an educational series created by the non-profit sex-worker community Hook-Online

JOIN Us MAY 1st for Rent-University’s Workshop on Phone Etiquette & Screening

Rent University Class / Free to attend 
(location to be sent with RSVP)
Screening and Phone Etiquette 101
May 1, 2014
(2-4PM)

NEW YORK CITY – When the phone rings, what is the first thing you feel? Dread? Excitement? An oasis of calm?

As a savvy business owner and escort, It’s important to be in the right frame of mind when interacting with your clients over the phone. As an independent contractor,your personal safety it tantamount to being able to effectively do your job.

In this class, you will go over the some basic yet effective strategies for giving good phone such as:

  • Simple and subtle techniques for putting your client at ease.
  • Visualization and anchoring exercise for ensuring you are in the right frame of mind when your phone rings
  • Developing a phone script to keep you on track
  • How to overcome objections
  • Redirection skills for when the conversation gets off track.
  • The third rule of Roadhouse
  • …And other brilliant tips and trix to turn you from a phone slob into a phone GOD.

Facilitated by Donia Christine, Business coach, educator

New Study of Male Escorts Finds That What They Want to Know is Not What You Think

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April 25, 2014

Internet-based male escorts want to learn about ways to improve their business, found a new study from researchers at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST.) They want services beyond safer sex and express high interest in being helped in ways that will improve their careers as escorts. “A lot of current research on male escorts has focused on HIV risk and looked at ways to help men stop being escorts. The assumption has always been that, because male escorts exchange sex for money, they are in dire need of safer sex training,” says Dr. Christian Grov, one of the study’s authors. “Instead, we found that over 70% reported using a condom with their last client and that services such as ‘Attracting the right client and keeping them,’ or learning how to navigate the legality of escorting, outranked being trained in how to negotiate safer sex with clients,” said Grov.

The data were taken from a 2013 survey of 418 male escorts on Rentboy.com, one of the largest websites on which male escorts advertise themselves to other men. The research team partnered with HOOK (hook-online.com), one of the oldest grassroots organizations to provide services and advocacy for men in the sex industry. One of Hook’s most popular programs is “Rent University,” a series of workshops offered to men in the sex industry. “Rent University was started in 2004 and has offered a variety of workshops ranging from self-defense to substance use harm reduction,” says Hawk Kinkaid, HOOK’s President and founder. “We partnered with the research team at CHEST to gain greater insight about what courses and programs to plan for the next Rent U. sessions and articles on HOOK’s site. We wanted to know what interests men in the sex industry about healthy living through working smarter,” said Kinkaid.

“We partnered with the research team at CHEST to gain greater insight about what courses and programs to plan for the next Rent U. sessions and articles on HOOK’s site. We wanted to know what interests men in the sex industry about healthy living through working smarter,” said Kinkaid.

What kinds of workshops do Internet-based male escorts want?

The CHEST survey asked men about 14 different workshops and those topping the list predominantly had to do with ways in which men could build their careers as escorts (managing money, marketing oneself). In fact, ending one’s career as an escort ranked 8th and negotiating safer sex ranked 12th. “This suggests that both researchers and providers really need to rethink how we are going to approach the topic of escorting,” says Grov. “Instead of trying to ‘save’ these men from being escorts and assuming HIV prevention is their chief interest, perhaps we really should be trying understand motivations for escorting and the intrinsic benefits men receive from being escorts,” continued Kinkaid.

But this is not to suggest all male escorts are happy-go-lucky. “It is important to remember that exchanging sexual services for money is highly stigmatized and there isn’t an organized physical community of male escorts. Many of these men remain hidden among us,” said Grov. In fact, the study found more than 2/3rd of participants (69.7%) had not disclosed their escorting to a single family member and a quarter had not told a single friend. “And this is exactly why online grassroots organizations like Hook have proven so valuable for these men. Where there isn’t a physical place for escorts to gather, online communities like Hook have created a virtual space.” And while 70% of participants reported using a condom with their last male client, 30% did not. Although in the minority, the study identified areas for improvement.

For more information:

Christian Grov. cgrov@chestnyc.org 212-206-7919

The findings from this study are forthcoming in the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Grov, C., Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E., Ditmore, M. H., Restar, A., & Parsons, J. T. (2014). What kinds of workshops do Internet-based male escorts want? Implications for prevention and health promotion. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. doi: 10.1007/s13178-014-0151-z 

Rent University: Coming May 1st: Phone Etiquette & Screening Class

Ms. Donia’s Finishing School for Rentboys: Screening and Phone Etiquette 101 Skills and smarts to get better about screening your clients…find out moreimage

Rent University Class / Free to attend
(location to be sent with RSVP)
Screening and Phone Etiquette 101
May 1, 2014
(2-4PM)

NEW YORK CITY – When the phone rings, what is the first thing you feel? Dread? Excitement? An oasis of calm?

As a savvy business owner and escort, It’s important to be in the right frame of mind when interacting with your clients over the phone. As an independent contractor,your personal safety it tantamount to being able to effectively do your job.

In this class, you will go over the some basic yet effective strategies for giving good phone such as:

  • Simple and subtle techniques for putting your client at ease.
  • Visualization and anchoring exercise for ensuring you are in the right frame of mind when your phone rings
  • Developing a phone script to keep you on track
  • How to overcome objections
  • Redirection skills for when the conversation gets off track.
  • The third rule of Roadhouse
  • …And other brilliant tips and trix to turn you from a phone slob into a phone GOD.

Facilitated by Donia Christine, Business coach, educator

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Join the HOOK:LIVE Chat Room This THURSDAY, MARCH 27th

HOOK:LIVE is presenting their next LIVE chat room on THURSDAY, MARCH 27th from 9-11pm CST.

Talk with experts familiar with the industry and the new healthcare plans. The chat is FREE and ANONYMOUS. In partnership with Persist Health Project. Get yourself covered and make the most of the national healthcare act! Work with experienced professionals and set up your own account. Direct feedback, free consultation and get answers to the questions to what affects your work, your life.

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Click the CHAT button on the lower right of the screen
  2. Login as a GUEST (to speak anonymously)
  3. Join the chat!

We’ll see you there! http://hook-online.com/hook-live-chat/

SIGN UP for Rent-University’s Class, The Affordable Care Act for Workers in the Sex Industry, THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 20th

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NEW YORK CITY - In partnership with Persist Health Project, HOOK Online presents a Rent-University workshop to help you get covered and make the most of the national healthcare act. Work with experienced professionals and set up your own account. Direct feedback, free consultation and get answers to the questions to what affects your work, your life.

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR WORKERS IN THE SEX INDUSTRY
Thursday, March 20th from 6PM-8PM in New York City
SIGN UP HERE!

Feb 27, NYC, Rent University Class: Escort Web Marketing + Safety Bootcamp!

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Rent University NYC
SIGN UP now! It’s Free to Attend - Space is limited.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
(2-4PM)
"Badass" Bootcamp" Web Marketing + Safety Class.
Work with a marketing expert to boost your escort brand and imagery, targeting your ideal client and fan base.

This class will focus on web based marketing tools that create a more effortless first point of contact with your ideal clients as well as additional tips and tricks for overall safety and sustainability for your web business. 

Discussion Points includes:

  • What are you selling? Knowing this is paramount to every decision in regards to your business.
  • What is YOUR brand and why this matters and how is creates an unbreakable foundation for your success.
  • Who is your client/market? Step by step guide to identifying your ideal client (niche market) and developing a way to speak directly to them in ways that create more rapport/chemistry in your advertising and put them at ease during the initial point of contact all the way through to your first meeting.
  • Understanding the headspace of a client and how that will lead to better results.
  • Putting the pieces together…Websites, content, imagery, advertising and how they work hand in hand with your ads to create a more effective way to address your potential market.

Facilitated by Donia Christine, Business coach, educator and activist and Sean Van Sant, Director of Rentboy.com Marketing & Publicity

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SIGN UP now! It’s Free to Attend - Space is limited.

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Presented by Rent-U / HookOnline.org

Join HOOK: LIVE CHAT ROOM - The Affordable Care Act TOMORROW, February 12th from 11AM-1PM EST

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HOOK Online has partnered with Persist Health Project and Callen-Lorde to bring a FREE, ONLINE, and ANONYMOUS online forum for escorts to ask any questions regarding the Afforidable Health Care Act.

Get yourself covered and make the most of the national healthcare act! Work with experienced professionals and set up your own account. Direct feedback, free consultation and get answers to the questions to what affects your work, your life.

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Go to www.hook-online.com/hook-live-chat
  2. Click the CHAT button in the lower right side of the screen
  3. Login as a GUEST (so you can be anonymous, if you like)
  4. Join the chat!

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1386081914949890

HOOK: LIVE CHAT ROOM - The Affordable Health Care Act on Wednesday, February 12th

HOOK Online has partnered with Persist Health Project and Callen-Lorde to bring a FREE, ONLINE, and ANONYMOUS online forum for escorts to ask any questions regarding the Afforidable Health Care Act.

Get yourself covered and make the most of the national healthcare act! Work with experienced professionals and set up your own account. Direct feedback, free consultation and get answers to the questions to what affects your work, your life.

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Go to www.hook-online.com/hook-live-chat
  2. Click the CHAT button in the lower right side of the screen
  3. Login as a GUEST (so you can be anonymous, if you like)
  4. Join the chat!

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1386081914949890

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