Archive: December, 2014

Post from Transformation Tom™- Find a Stage, Any Stage—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - December 26, 2014 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Find a Stage, Any Stage
 

 

 

Whether it is a big stage, little stage, or a small or large podium,
put yourself in a setting where you are looking out on a grand room or
audience. This is all about building your comfort and confidence level.
Continue to find different venues to do your presentations in, and try
not to get so comfortable with the same room and set-up for practice
time; you don’t want to get so comfortable in your practice routine and
location that you will get thrown off when you are not in it. A variety
of settings will get you more comfortable and enable you to present
anywhere in all types of settings. In addition to increased confidence
about presenting in different locations, you will start to get a feel for
your own preferences for seating and room layout.

 

Find a stage—any stage. This includes your car, your house, and anywhere
you feel there is a way to practice your presentation. On more
than one occasion people have looked strangely at me while I was walking
the dog, flying on an airplane, waiting in a long line, or driving down
the road, as they saw me practicing. Everywhere can and should be your
stage. I have even practiced in front of my dental hygienist in the waiting
room for my bi-annual cleaning. If you gained confidence to present
in front of strangers or in odd settings, imagine how good you will feel
when you are in a more contained environment.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals)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

Do you know what Avanoo is?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.  Here are my latest projects:

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time–Don’t Let It Manage You

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™- Build Your Castle: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - December 19, 2014 - News
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Everett Berger, an executive coach and leadership development profes­sional, provided the following sage advice:

  1. Let go of the past.
  2. Build your castle first. Tap into a vision for yourself.

This comment is a reference to how Walt Disney built his castle first, before he built the entire kingdom.

  1. Tune out all the noise and voices.

This comment references the need to concentrate and focus. Your job is to look for a job. Focus on the right priorities.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals)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

Do you know what Avanoo is?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.  Here are my latest projects:

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time–Don’t Let It Manage You

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™- Minimize Distractions—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - December 12, 2014 - News
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As part of preparing with the organizer, you need to understand
the anticipated timing of your presentation. Will your performance be
during a meal, where glass and silverware will be clanking all around
you? As follow up to the control-your-environment section, this is a
critical detail to account for; if you know that a meal is immediately
before or after your speech, make every effort to avoid the time when
the food will be served. Wait staff moving around will inevitably distract
the audience.

 

Will you be speaking in a classroom or similar setting, where papers
may be shuffling throughout your talk? If you are in a classroom,
you do have some control by setting the appropriate expectations.
For example, you may let the audience know that you will stop and
announce when key notes should be taken. In some cases, you may
even announce that you will supply take-away notes after the session,
so that the audience can sit back and relax. Again, speaker preference
is important regarding what expectations you set with your audience.
Use what works best for you and the type of audience you are working
with. The key is to reduce the factors that can throw you off your game
by anticipating as many distractions ahead of time and taking the time
to mitigate or eliminate them.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals)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

Do you know what Avanoo is?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.  Here are my latest projects:

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time–Don’t Let It Manage You

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™- Make Luck Happen: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - December 5, 2014 - News
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luck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting around waiting for the phone to ring only happens when you’ve taken the first action to send a note or make the initial call. You can hope for something to happen, or you can take action and make it hap­pen. I do believe in luck, but only after I’ve gotten the ball rolling. We have to be vigilant enough to push our own success along by taking the initiative to make our own luck.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job (Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals)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

Do you know what Avanoo is?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.  Here are my latest projects:

When Your Job is to Find a Job—and Yourself

Manage Your Time–Don’t Let It Manage You

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