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 People: How to Network Like a Pro
52 Power Networking Tips: How to Network Like a Pro
PROtect Yourself Now! Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers
The Savvy Emcee: How to be a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.
Power 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.
You're Hired! Resume Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work
Job Interview Preparation: Job Search Strategies That Work
Leveraging Your Network: Job Search Strategies That Work
You're Hired! Power Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work
Working With Words: Adding Life to Your Oral Presentations
Blow Your Own Horn! Personal Branding for Business Professionals
Make it Safe! A Family Caregiver's Home Safety Assessment Guide for Supporting Elders@Home
Rae’s social … are you?
Linkedin? Rae is http://www.linkedin.com/in/raestonehouse
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The Toastmasters program is a learning program. It is a self-paced, self-directed program.
You learn by self-study i.e. by participating in the communication & leadership program. You learn by researching topics for your presentations.
You also learn about many subjects from listening to other members sharing their experiences, research and presentations.
I would start off by challenging your assertion that people don’t deliver really long speeches anymore. We certainly still see it with church leaders and long-winded politicians.
I would suggest changing the words ‘long prepared speeches’ to ‘presentations’.
Longer presentations are very common in the business world.
A presentation incorporates speaking skills, listening skills, facilitating, educating and many more. As where long speeches tend to be a one-way data dump.
It is becoming a well-documented fact that verbal communication skills are deteriorating in our younger generations. Social media may be providing more interconnectedness but it is not providing a similar increase in the quality of communication. A 144 character message does not leave a lot of room for quality communication.
There are many different ways to ensure and determine your success as a Toastmasters Club President.
Probably first and foremost, is reading the Club officer roles & responsibilities manual to have a thorough understanding of your responsibilities as well as those club officers that you in turn lead.
Many, yes, but not all.
Most Toastmasters clubs are open to the general community and accept members over the age of 18.
Then there are specialty clubs. A specialty club may have specific membership criteria. An example might be that to join you must have completed and hold a Competent Communicator designation, or be close to completing one.
A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a rat trap. Retreating to the farmyard the rat proclaimed the warning;
"There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!"
Hot sun. Salty air. Rhythmic waves.
A little boy is on his knees scooping and packing the sand with plastic shovels into a bright blue bucket.
Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created.
All afternoon he will work. Spooning out the moat. Packing the walls. Bottle tops will be sentries. Popsicle sticks will be bridges. A sand-castle will be built.
Big city. Busy streets. Rumbling traffic.
A man is in his office. At his desk he shuffles papers into stacks and delegates assignments. He cradles the phone on his shoulder and punches the keyboard with his fingers. Numbers are juggled and contracts are signed and much to the delight of the man, a profit is made.
I don’t think putting all of my businesses logo is a good idea. But without any brand, how I determined my title? Or should I put a picture of me?
I agree with John Lombard’s well written answer. I would go with having several cards created to reflect whatever business you are promoting at the time.
I too face similar challenges with being a serial entrepreneur. I joke that my title is ‘serial entrepreneur’ because until I actually make any money at it … I eat a lot of cereal!
I’m a medical student and after classes/end of the week, classmates get together for drinks at a bar or something like that. They used to invite me but found it odd when I refused. I like my alone time and use the little free time I have to pursue my hobbies. Not a fan of social gatherings.
The essence to the answer to this question seems to lay in the unstated fact that your question is describing someone who is a shy, introvert. Simply put, as a fellow introvert, we see the world differently.
The short answer is no, they are not. However, they are currently one of the best strategies to promote and market yourself and your business.
There is a significant difference between advertising and marketing & promotion.
Advertising is usually designed to be distributed to a large number of people. Distributing your business cards in a mass shot-gun approach will likely have minimal effectiveness.
That really depends on what benchmarks you use to determine what is good or not.
I have heard of some business people that say if you get more than two free drink tickets with your admission, then it is a good networking event. Some use the food as a measuring stick, assuming there is any food served.
If you are actively looking for prospects, a networking event that provides lots of people to work through, i.e. by sheer numbers, a larger event is more likely to be beneficial to you.
If you are an outgoing person and confident in your schmoozing and networking, any size of networking event will probably work for you.