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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 27+ 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 personal/professional 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, paperbacks and on-line courses:


Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: How to Network Like a Pro

52 Power Networking Tips: 52 Power Networking Tips: How to Network Like a Pro

PROtect Yourself Now!PROtect Yourself Now! Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers

The Savvy EmceeThe Savvy Emcee: How to be a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

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

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

You're Hired! Resume Tactics:You're Hired! Resume Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

Job Interview PreparationJob Interview Preparation: Job Search Strategies That Work

Leveraging Your NetworkLeveraging Your Network: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Power Tactics: You're Hired! Power Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips ListYou're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips List

Working With Words:Working With Words: Adding Life to Your Oral Presentations

Blow Your Own Horn! Blow Your Own Horn! Personal Branding for Business Professionals

Make it Safe!Make it Safe! A Family Caregiver's Home Safety Assessment Guide for Supporting Elders@Home


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- 2021 Rae A. 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 https://raestonehouse.com.

Monday, 16 August 2021 15:27

Onwords and Upwords August 17, 2021


It’s been ages since I penned a blog post for my Onwords & Upwords author newsletter. Do you still say “penned” when everything is written on the computer keyboard nowadays? Even that is not true since I dictated this content through Dragon Dictation software.

It’s been a matter of “life in the fast lane” so to speak for the last year or so. I retired from my nursing career of over 40 years working in psychiatry and mental health back in January 2020.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 12:29

Meeting - Agenda Tips

Successful MeetingHere is a collection of helpful Meeting - Agenda Tips as compiled by Rae Stonehouse.


Terms of Reference: 

  • Have them in writing.
  • Review them regularly to ensure that they are still valid.
  • Decision-making process.  If you want participants to be engaged in and committed to the meeting, the decision-making process should be clearly understood. Doing this will ensure that peoples' decision-making behavior is consistent with expectations. There are three basic decision-making processes:

More Tips & Techniques for Serving as a Meeting Chairperson 


business meeting chairmanTerms of Reference 


  • What is the purpose/mandate of the committee/meeting?
  • How often will meeting occur?
  • Who will be on the committee?
  • How will decisions be made?
  • What is a quorum?
  • Does this committee have any authority?
  • Who will chair the committee and for what term?
  • What is the role of the chair? Neutral or facilitative leader?
  • Terms of conduct i.e. interpersonal communication, respect
  • Committee member’s responsibilities

 * Agenda & minutes should be prepared by a secretary if committee size permits. 

Nominal Group Technique

Nominal group techniquesThe Nominal Group Technique (NGT) is a five-step process for generating and prioritizing ideas, concerns and tasks relevant to a situation or challenge. It is an expansion on the brainstorming of ideas process, adding procedures to rank them.

Why use it? The nominal group technique provides structure so that everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute and to influence the outcome of a decision. It allows members to remain anonymous during the voting process. Members are given time to brainstorm individual lists and to select their own preferred items. Using this technique reduces the time it takes to reach consensus by discussion. It is versatile and can be used in several phases of problem solving or decision making.



Multi voting in actionWhat is it? Multi-voting allows a group to select the most important or preferred items from a list with a minimum of discussion. Those items that move to the top of the list can then be explored in depth. Multi-voting is done though a series of votes, with low ranking items eliminated after each round.

Why use it? Many issues are so complex and broad that long lists of items emerge during a brainstorming session. Multi-voting is a quick way to eliminate items and determine those on which the group members want to focus.

When to use it? Multi-voting is used after a brainstorming session or to narrow down any long list.

How to use it? After a brainstorming session, post all the flip charts for the group to see and follow the process below:

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 15:09

How to Chair a Business Meeting

Responsibilities of the Chairman


smiling businesswoman standing in front of a business meetingGround Rules & Agreements:


The rules for the meeting attender give them great freedom and they are looking at the chairman to set and enforce the meeting rules and to enforce them with respect to all participants and in the best interest of the meeting itself.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:55

How to Gain Consensus

Gaining consensusWhat is Consensus?

Consensus is a group process where the input of everyone is carefully considered and an outcome is crafted that best meets the needs of the group. It is a process of synthesizing the wisdom of all the participants into the best decision possible at the time. The root of consensus is the word consent, which means to give permission to. When you consent to a decision, you are giving your permission to the group to go ahead with the decision. You may disagree with the decision, but based on listening to everyone else’s input, all the individuals agree to let the decision go forward, because the decision is the best one the entire group can achieve at the current time.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:34

The Brainstorming Technique


Brainstorming exampleWhat is it?  The Brainstorming (Brainstorm) method is a semi-structured process of generating a large amount of ideas in a short time. The idea behind it is that a group of people can achieve a higher (synergy) level of creativity than the sum of the participants separately.

When to use it: Use brainstorming to look at all aspects of a problem, to list possible solutions or alternatives, to imagine the impact of a decision, and to explore possible goals.

A brainstorming session should be used to generate lots of new ideas or options. It should not be used for analysis or for decision making.

Nervous networkerHow can introverted people who dislike networking do so for their business goals?

This question focuses on introverted business owners who dislike networking.

I believe the focus is being placed in the wrong area. It isn’t a matter of being introverted that makes one dislike networking. The real culprit is shyness.

Shyness and introversion are often lumped together as being the same thing, but they’re not.

Introversion versus extroversion is where you get your energy from. What recharges your energy?

Saturday, 12 September 2020 07:52

The Father's Hand

The father's handA young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,'
"Have you received a scholarship for school?" The boy replied, "No".
'It was your father who paid for your studies? '' Yes.' He replied.
'Where does your father work? ' 'My father is a Blacksmith'
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