Archive: May, 2014

Post from Transformation Tom- Practice—This is Not an Option—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - May 30, 2014 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Practice—This is Not an Option

 

If you are giving a prepared speech, then ensure that it is prepared.
You can’t check over notes right before you go on to present and consider
that preparation. You should practice in front of family, friends,
cats, and dogs. Find anyone and anything to be in front of to ensure
that you have practiced more than just the words. You should practice
pacing, voice inflections and places to pause, stage usage, and physical
aspects of the speech. There is too much left to chance without
preparation.
There is no such thing, in my opinion, as too much practice. There
is some risk of too much of a staged presentation, so you should use
caution to make sure your movements remain natural. However, practice
is required to get better. When practicing for speeches, if I am listening
to the radio in the car, I practice during commercials, or if I am
transitioning between tasks at work, I may find a few minutes to run
through a speech or presentation. The amount of positive feedback I
continue to receive about my obvious improvement in confidence and
skills is validation enough to keep practicing.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (2014 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention), The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival),  From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom- Be a Secret (or Not So Secret) Admirer—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - May 16, 2014 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Be a Secret (or Not So Secret) Admirer

There are plenty of people we look up to. Whether it is a family
member or a historical figure, we get strength from the success of others.
The same should be said for people who speak well. If people you
know—from work, from an organization, or simply from crossing
paths—have a skill you want to work on, try to find an opportunity to
connect with them formally or informally. If you can seek them out as
a mentor or find ways to at least get some tips from them to improve
yourself, it will make you stronger. You don’t want to admire from afar
when it comes to improving your public-speaking skills. I have found
that successful people in the field tend to be open and supportive in
sharing suggestions. You should take in everything that will continue
your positive learning trajectory. Clearly, we should not go about it
independently. We need support and help along the way for our continued
growth.
I have connected with many great speakers who produce routine
newsletters, and have found formal and informal mentors who have
shared what they do well with me. These little things begin to add up
to a much greater success when we start to implement their feedback.
Even if you don’t know someone personally, are there other ways to
connect with him or her? Can you connect with the person through
LinkedIn or through other professional groups? Do you go online and
read well-known speeches and analyze them or even attend a webinar?
You can go to YouTube, Google, or other websites to find great
speeches and great speakers who can meet your needs. Do you take a
unique learning perspective to see the strengths of the speech structure
and purpose? Can you easily understand the intended message?
Finding individual speakers whom you can emulate and learn from
should inspire you to reach further and perfect your craft. Finding the
right connections and immersing yourself in their teaching can only
make your own presentations stronger.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (2014 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention), The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival),  From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby

Post from Transformation Tom- Research Your Material—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - May 2, 2014 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Research Your Material

I realize I am stating the obvious, but we are lucky to be surrounded
with so many tools, like the Internet, to research our material, and it
seems so natural to use these tools to strengthen our messages. The
benefits of research range from keeping your material current, to
ensuring that it is accurate and not trademarked by others. If you are a
frequent speaker on the same topic, ask yourself when you last updated
your material. Pay attention to your information, and keep it timely by
scanning relevant websites, news media, and books. I used to tell a
story about the word “chillax,” a made-up combination of “chill out”
and “relax.” Over time, I found that the impact waned as the use of the
word dwindled in popular culture. Besides keeping you and me up to
date, researching even simple facts may yield further information for
expanding your material or creating spinoffs to existing information.
As obvious as it is, don’t forget to use the tools that are at your disposal
to research your material to strengthen your message.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job, The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival),  From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

MP3 Downloads of “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide” are available at Apple iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Nokia, Xbox Music, Spotify, Omnifone, Google Music Store, Rdio, Muve Music, Bloom.fm, Slacker Radio, MediaNet, 7digital, 24-7, Rumblefish, and Shazam “From Fear to Success” MP3 on CD Baby