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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

You're Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work: Available as an easily downloadable e-book or as an on-line e-course. 

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 2018 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.com.

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If you refer to ‘outlines’ as meaning structure formats, then the tried and true format of Opening, Body & Conclusion will work fine.


For the body portion a good technique is to make a point, tell a story, make a point. Stories and points should tie in together and have a purpose related to the overall theme of the speech.


For your speech to be persuasive, on any topic, you have to take your audience from where they currently are, to where you want them to go. For your stories, you will need to have examples of where bullying took place.

Monday, 10 October 2016 18:46

How can I become the best speaker?

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Where others have interpreted this question as meaning  a ‘great’ or ‘better’ speaker, I’m going to answer in light of  you actually meaning the best speaker.



William Sanseverino in his response says I say this because no matter who you are, how well you do, there will always be someone “better”. “Better” is a judgement call and judgement changes from time to time.”

With specific examples discuss the statement?

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I believe the statement that you are referring to is “that you cannot, not communicate.”

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I would suggest rephrasing the question to “How can my Toastmasters portfolio improve my university application?”

When it comes to applying for a job or an educational pursuit I believe that nowadays it is more important to illustrate what you can do, rather than what you have done.

My understanding is that many institutes of higher learning are looking for candidates that give back to their community as a way of life, rather than a way to manipulate a system for personal gain. I have seen this with colleagues who have applied for entrance to medical and pharmaceutical university. There are a lot of qualified, brilliant applicants out there. You need to position yourself so you stand out from the rest.

Monday, 10 October 2016 18:31

What are the reasons to quit Toastmasters?

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4 ClubMeetingsv3As a 22-year + member of Toastmasters, I have continually found more reasons to stay in Toastmasters than I have to quit.

I’m fond of a quote from a Past International President of Toastmasters and I paraphrase her “If you get everything out of Toastmasters that you can get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters.”

During those 22 years of Toastmastering I have seen numerous reasons that people quit. I would say almost all of the reasons, if not all, are the same ones shared by other organizations and are not specific to Toastmasters.

Here are some reasons that people leave Toastmasters, based on my personal experience. They are not in order of priority or incidence.

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As Matthew Kleinosky says “Absolutely!”

While it may seem that you are causing an imposition for your fellow club members, you are actually doing them a favour by not delivering your speech. It might even better to stay home until your cough clears.

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There have been some good answers to this question that seem to cover almost everything that I would have to say.

Belonging to multiple clubs isn’t common but neither is it uncommon. At different times in my Toastmasters career I have belonged to three clubs at the same time. One was my home club that meets weekly. Another an Advanced club that met monthly and another club we were working towards chartering.

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At the risk of restating what others before me have said, I believe the value of anything to be subjective.

Our Toastmasters educational program is a self-directed, open-ended program that is also not a pass/fail one. I understand that many school organizations have problems with the concept of the educational program not being quantifiable.

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This question is a flipside to the question of What are the reasons to quit Toastmasters. You can read my response to that question at https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-reason-to-quit-Toastmasters/answer/Rae-Stonehouse

There isn’t a one-size fits all answer to this question. If a member is getting everything out of the program that they can get out of the program, they will likely stay a member. I’m going on 23 years. Toastmasters is a part of my daily life. Rarely a day goes by where I’m not either working on something Toastmaster related or something that has been created due to my involvement with Toastmasters.

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It depends if you are going to watch it or participate in it.

The World Championship of Public Speaking is a progressive contest process owned and operated by Toastmasters International. The winner gets extreme bragging rights as the World Champion of Public Speaking.

I would suspect that there are few if any World Champion of Public Speaking Authors here on Quora, so anything that any of us can provide is purely theoretical.

I don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits-all strategy to become a world champion.

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