Okanagan Panorama

Sunday, 29 May 2016 18:26

Distracted Driving Not Okay!

Texting-While-DrivingDistracted Driving Not Okay!

 

While out for a walk in my neighborhood the other day I noticed a small white car approaching me, unusually slowly. I figured it to be my neighbour, who tends to do so. As the car passed me I was startled to see a young woman behind the wheel, her hands on the bottom of the steering wheel and her two thumbs pecking away on her smart phone. She would take the odd peek at the road ahead, then go back to her pecking away on her phone.

Smart phone … stupid driver! If she lived in the neighborhood, what could be so important that she would have to text somebody, only minutes after leaving home?

What will it take for people to understand that we have a distracted driving law and that it applies to everybody? It applies when you are out in traffic. It applies when you are in your own neighborhood. It applies to everyone.

Then there are those that still choose to talk on the phone, while they are driving. There is hardly a day go by where I don’t see someone yacking on a phone held in one hand up to their ear, while steering with the other. While totally anecdotal, the biggest offending demographic that I see, is young to middle-aged men, driving large pick-up trucks. Apparently, having the label of contractor or tradesman gives them rights that others don’t have, or so they would have you believe.

Published in Rae's Rants
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 01:05

How High Does Your Elevator Go?

How High Does Your Elevator Go? Excerpt from Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly! by Rae Stonehouse

 

  • 30 seconds? 60 seconds … 10 minutes?
  • Different buildings?

 

 

Note: The following is an excerpt from Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly! By Rae Stonehouse.

The buzzword for conducting business effectively in the new millennium may very well prove to be “networking.” In turn, the key element of a networking interaction is the elevator pitch or elevator speech as some would call it. We used them as children … “you show me yours and I’ll show you mine!”

Well perhaps not quite the same but at its essence it’s an opportunity to show your stuff and to learn about the other person. Assuming they follow the rules of course.

Sunday, 27 December 2015 07:12

Kelowna’s Stupid People of the Day Award

Kelowna’s Stupid People of the Day Award

 

I’m having a hard time determining who should be awarded today’s award.

 

Should it go to the idiots who are driving way too fast for the snow covered road conditions?

Or should it go to those that feel using their windshield wipers to remove the six inches of snow off their window and nothing else before heading off on the highway?

Both are equally deserving but are unlikely to appreciate how their stupidity can affect others that share the road. Perhaps they will also be candidates for the upcoming Darwin Awards.

Published in Rae's Rants

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

I don’t watch a lot of television but when I do I prefer quality over quantity. I am selective in what shows I watch. I have found the PVR to be a great time-saving device.

One of my weekly favorites has been CBC’s Marketplace. I admire the gutsiness of hosts Erica Johnson & Tom Herrington. They are able to ferret out the facts and the truth behind their topic without becoming obnoxious as some of our investigative journalists to the south of us seem to feel is necessary.

Published in Editorials

For Immediate Release: Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Power of Promotion! On-line Marketing For Toastmasters Club Growth - Media ReleaseToastmasters are social!

Veteran Toastmaster member for over two decades, Rae Stonehouse DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) releases new E-book ‘Power of Promotion! On-line Marketing For Toastmasters Club Growth’ that will be of interest to fellow Toastmaster Club Leaders.

Toastmasters International, established in 1924, arguably the world’s best provider of economical communication & leadership skill development skills, has more than 332,000 members, in over 15,400 clubs in 135 countries around the world.

Many Toastmasters clubs face a never-ending cycle of members joining and then leaving. Career and family commitments can put pressure on a member to continue their journey in the Toastmasters Communication & Leadership program.

For many Toastmasters Clubs, one of the biggest challenges in running a successful and productive club is creating a constant flow of visitors to attend as a club visitor. Visitors become members.

Published in Media Releases

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.

Published in Promotion

  

Ranting Makes Right ... or Does it? Writing Resonating Rants that Rock! by Rae StonehouseI read an article the other day, doesn’t really matter which one, that really grabbed my attention and engaged me. 

As I continued to read, the realization came to me that this wasn’t the self-help or informative style of article that I usually sought out. Oh no … it was a rant! A rant, thinly disguised as expert advice.  

I enjoy a good rant. Rick Mercer, of CBC’s the Mercer Report, is turning ranting into an art. His rants are fast paced, always have a recognizable target and are easy to follow. Even if you haven’t heard of the facts or evidence that he backs his argument up with, it leaves you wondering about what he has said and eager to find out more on your own.

The author of the article broke the rules of ranting, saying that anyone that disagreed with his ‘facts’ was stupid, making it personal to me. That got me thinking about rants in general. Are there any rules when writing or orally delivering a rant? Does the end justify the means? Is this another ‘might vs right’ scenario? Does good taste come into play when delivering a rant, or is it a ‘no holds barred, anything goes’ type of scenario?

Since rants seem to becoming more common, I thought it might be interesting to research best practices on how to rant with the best of them.

Vocabulary.com describes rant as follows:  A rant is an argument that is fuelled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog commenter resorts to ALL CAPS — you're almost certainly encountering an instance of ranting.

Published in Communication Skills

Facebook Graphic

Is it or isn’t it? I don’t know.

I’ve heard rumblings lately that many small businesses are finding that it is a lot easier … and cheaper to promote on-line with a business-focussed Facebook page rather than a conventional business-focussed website.

Even the concept of “conventional website” is a bit thought provoking. How long have websites been the ‘must-have’ way to promote your business 10 … 15 years? The internet seems to have been around forever, but it hasn’t. Recently, with website content management systems such as WordPress evolving into being readily utilized by do-it-your-selfers the cost factor of setting up a business site is mitigated.

The argument seems to be that websites are expensive … Facebook is free.

Published in Editorials
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:29

Would You Like Your Website Stapled?

This week’s Staples’ flyer introduces their new website design & hosting services. You can build your own site for a mere $9.99 per month and have a choice of hundreds of templates to choose from or they will build it for you, starting at $99.00 per month.

So if I do the arithmetic correctly, if they can get my site up and running in a couple weeks, I should only be out about $50.00. That seems like a good deal!

Has website developing become a commodity like many other industries? I’m reminded of the printing industry. At one time you had to go to printers because they were the only with the technology to do your print job. Along came copier businesses that were able to do the same task, presumably at less cost to the consumer. Then along comes home printer/copiers so now you can do all of your printing needs without having to leave home. Except for the fact that the ink supplies are increasing in price so that you have to go back to the copier and the printers to be able to afford a large printing project.

Published in Editorials
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:21

Albert Was Right! New E-book Release

Albert Was Right! New E-book Release by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire.

Albert Was Right! New E-book Release

 

E=Emcee Squared: Tips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies by Rae A. Stonehouse.

In this practical, easy to use e-book, Rae A. Stonehouse a.k.a. Mr. Emcee, of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada puts the “Master” in Master of Ceremonies. He shares tips & techniques that he has learned over the years in becoming a dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Officiating as a Master of Ceremonies at an event is a lot like looking at an iceberg floating in the water. The public only sees what is happening at the event … the tip of the iceberg. They don’t see what has happened behind the scenes or under the water, so to speak, to make everything look like it is running smoothly.

Published in Media Releases
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