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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There likely isn’t a definitive answer to this question.
Each and everyone of us is different. While there are difficulties that many networkers face, it isn’t universal.
I'm asking this as an international student working on my master’s. I will graduate next semester or so.
I’m going to assume that you are really asking ‘how do I start networking effectively so that I can land a job in the USA?’
There is no time like the present when it comes to start building your network.
The original question as posed to me was “What tactics do you use to build and maintain your professional network?”
It adds the element of ‘building’ to the posted question of ‘maintaining’.
Both building and maintaining are action words and both require work on your part. Professional networks do not build themselves, nor do they maintain themselves.
While there can be advantage to talking to people that can benefit you, doing so exclusively would likely limit any possible gain in the long run.
While I would whole-heartedly recommend either option for someone who was experiencing anxiety and fear of public speaking, I am concerned about the aspect of the anxiety being ‘paralyzing.’
Toastmasters is the world’s leading provider of inexpensive, effective communication and leadership training. They are experts at helping their members at overcoming their fear of public speaking and developing skills to become better communicators and leaders.
While there may be anecdotal stories from Toastmasters clubs around the world, as to how their club has helped someone who is paralyzed with fear, to becoming fearless, or at least less fearful, I don’t believe it to the norm.
Toastmasters is truly an International organization. You only have to go one of its annual conferences and watch the parade of banners in the opening ceremonies to truly appreciate how international it is.
You don’t say what country you live in.
There are no universal answers to this question. The best resource material for topics lay within your own personal history and experience.
I often share humorous stories from my childhood or other times of my life. I tie the story into making a point i.e. a teaching moment.
Recently I delivered a speech entitled “It seemed like a good idea at the time …” The speech is about a series of situations that didn’t go the way they were planned and the lessons learned.
Yes, they most certainly do.
On-line, virtual clubs have started up in the past two years. A Google search should help you locate one.
As far as I know, most of them are open to membership but tend to have members that are able to share a common meeting time. It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, as long as you have a fairly fast internet connection, you should be able to join a club.
Toastmasters International is slowly rolling out their new educational program called Pathways. It includes face-to-face meeting as in our traditional clubs as well as a plethora of educational tutorials you will be able to access on-line for self-directed training.
Generally, we don’t use the terms ‘critic’ or ‘criticism’ within Toastmasters.
Criticism, tends to have a negative connotation. Very few people enjoy being criticized.
In an effective Toastmasters club, the act of criticizing has been replaced with providing constructive feedback.
This of course, depends on the level of self-confidence and experience of the evaluator.
Almost every aspect of a Toastmaster meeting receives feedback. Some is better than others, but the overall intent is to help the person being evaluated to improve.
Speech ideas are all around us.
If you are interested in something, curious about a topic or even close to being an expert on a particular subject, you have something to talk about. And odds are, somebody will be interested in hearing what you have to say.
In the Competent Communicator manual and throughout the Advanced Communication Program manuals there are projects i.e. speeches that have a specific set of objectives.
Any number of topics can likely fit into a project’s objectives if you craft it to do so.
I’ve completed 16 Competent Communication manuals and two DTM’s worth from the Advanced program.