Rae Stonehouse

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth

 

Phone Rae 250-451-6564 or info@raestonehouse.com

Rae’s social … are you?

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RaeStonehousehttp://twitter.com/RaeStonehouse

Linkedin? Rae is http://www.linkedin.com/in/raestonehousehttp://www.linkedin.com/in/raestonehouse

Copyright 2016 Rae Stonehouse. The above document may be freely copied and distributed as long as the author’s name and contact info remain attached.

To learn more about Rae A. Stonehouse, visit the Wonderful World of Rae Stonehouse at http://raestonehouse.comhttp://raestonehouse.com.

Saturday, 30 July 2016 04:01

Top Ten Personal Empowerment Tips

Top Ten Personal Empowerment Tips by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Personal empowerment is something that many of us take for granted, yet for others it is an elusive and difficult concept to grasp.

One definition of personal empowerment is “deriving the strength to do something through one’s own thoughts and based on the belief that one knows what is best for oneself.”

From a different perspective “a management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance.”

“Empowerment is based on the idea that giving employees skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.”

Saturday, 30 July 2016 03:56

How Big is Your Sandbox?

How Big is Your Sandbox? by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. How big do goldfish grow? It seems an innocent enough question. The answer is "it depends". It depends on the size of the aquarium that they spend their days swimming around in. House-bound goldfish can perhaps make it to 2 to 3 inches. Goldfish that have been released to the wild and haven't ended up on the menu of somebody higher up the food chain have been reported to grow to a whopping 12 to 14 inches.

Unless you find the collecting of trivia to be fascinating I would expect the next question forming in your mind to be "Who cares? Why is this important to me?" Okay, that was really two questions disguised as one...

Media Conference Minutiae … The Art of Delivering an Effective Media Conference: Practical Tips & Techniques by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Photo credit courtesy of Flickr CC.You have a spectacular event organized that everybody in the world will want to attend as soon as they hear about it. The media are clambering to get an exclusive interview with you. Your event rockets you to unimaginable levels of fame and fortune. It could happen! … maybe … well probably not … but it is possible to work with the media and have a successful media conference.

Media conferences are an excellent way to get the word out about your event or cause, perhaps to boost ticket sales. Probably the best advice to meeting planner types who like to control every little detail … you can’t control the media. You can only work with them and hope for the best!

Power of Promotion! On-line Marketing For Toastmasters Club Growth by Rae StonehouseFor many Toastmasters Clubs, one of the biggest challenges in running a successful and productive club is maintaining a constant flow of visitors to attend and join you and your fellow Toastmasters as a member. Members come and members go. Life happens! Your Club membership can quickly change from a healthy charter-strength club to one in danger of losing its Charter.

Veteran Toastmaster of over two decades, Rae Stonehouse DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster), PDG (Past District Governor, District 21) has witnessed the cycle several times with his own club Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters.

Toastmasters are social!

Toastmasters are known to be quite social, after-all we are striving to hone our communication skills. Then along comes social media and on-line tools that can increase not only our reach but our productivity.

So you're chairing a committee ... article by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Not another bloody meeting! I am sick and tired of going to meetings! I can’t stay awake. It’s the same thing over and over and over again! We never get anything accomplished! We have a committee for everything!

Have you ever heard these comments before? I bet that you’ve even said them yourself. Well in this article we are going to provide you with some tips & techniques so that nobody says that about your meeting!

Committees have developed a bad reputation over the years. Take this quote by Hendrik Van Loon as an example. He offers a definition of a Committee: “a group which succeeds in getting something done only when it consists of three members, one of whom happens to be sick and the other absent.”

The Meeting Chair in Charge: Tips & Techniques for Effective Meeting Management by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Are you a leader or a follower? Chances are if you are reading this article you fall into the leader category.

And if you are recognized as a leader, sooner or later you will be asked to chair a meeting or perhaps a longer term commitment to chair a committee. Leadership skill building tends to be cumulative … you build upon previously learned and mastered ones. Unfortunately, far too many people take on a chairing role without any real skills or experience to do so. And we wonder why so many meetings are ineffective and “a waste of time” in the minds of the more cynical and vocal group members?

Making a Proposal to a Board of Directors: Power Networking Tips & Techniques by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. People join nonprofit boards of directors for a myriad of reasons. Making connections, building influence and a desire to make a genuine change in the status quo can be common reasons.

Becoming a member of a high profile board of directors can accelerate your networking activities and can place you in contact with people that can be influential in moving your career or business forward.

Yet many new directors become frustrated when they find that others aren’t as passionate about the causes that they believe in.

Top 10 Questions Before Accepting a Non-Profit Director’s Role by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Photo credit courtesy of TNOC.photostream Flickr CC.You have been asked to serve on a Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization. You are flattered that they would even ask. You have the time to give, you believe in their cause and you want to make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity!

Or is it?

Saturday, 30 July 2016 02:44

CRISIS WHAT CRISIS?

CRISIS. WHAT CRISIS? by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. What is a Crisis?

Crisis results from stress and tension in a person’s life. Stress is the element in crisis development. As stress mounts to unusual proportions and the individual’s coping skills become increasingly ineffective, the potential for crisis occurs.

The Nature of Crises

A crisis overrides an individual’s normal psychological and biological coping mechanisms. Several features of critical incidents account for the overwhelming and bewildering nature of a crisis. As people grow and develop, they continually meet new demands. These demands could be intellectual, employment‑related, economic, or rooted in relationships with other people. Individuals meet these demands and practice resolving them so often that they form coping mechanisms, or “cognitive maps,” to deal with them. These maps assist people who face a potential problem to categorize it, determine the resources needed to overcome it, choose a solution, and set a goal for the problem’s resolution.

Saturday, 30 July 2016 02:40

Only a Fool

Only a Fool by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. A recent posting to a local Facebook page by Kenn Dixon, a local Law of Attraction (LOA) Practitioner, resonated with me. “Only a fool trips on what is behind him.”

As a believer in the LOA myself, my first reactions were “that is so true!” The past is gone and can’t be relived or regained. This can be a hard lesson for many people to learn. As a registered nurse working in the mental health field for over 30 years I have seen over and over again where people do just that. They spend their life looking in their rear view mirror. “Caution, objects in the rear view mirror may appear larger than they actually are!”