Archive: February, 2015

Past Events (Book Signings, Speaking, Training, Coaching, and Radio Programs)- Prior to 2014

Posted by tomdowd - February 25, 2015 - Events, News
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12/23/13                 Taped “Your Kind Voice with Transformation Tom”- guest Debby Adair

12/19/13                  Taped “Your Kind Voice with Transformation Tom”- guest Mitch Farrar

12/17/13                  Individual Coaching Session   Camden, ME

12/9/13                     Effective Business Communications   West Falmouth, ME

12/7/13                     HR Power Hour with David Ciullo

“A Job Search Success Story” Radio Interview

12/4/13               Individual Coaching Session- LinkedIn

12/1/13                    Individual Coaching Session   Camden, ME

11/22/13                  District 8 Toastmasters Fall Conference  St. Louis   

Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

11/20/13                 Effective Business Communications (early session)

11/20/13                 Effective Business Communications (late session) 

11/18/13                   Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing Skills

11/17/13                   Individual Coaching Session- Résumé Writing

11/16/13                   District 36 Toastmasters Conference   Silver Spring, MD

“Impromp-To Success”

11/9/13                     District 44 Toastmasters Conference   Atlanta, GA

“Impromp-To Success”

11/8/13                      District 44 Toastmasters Conference   Atlanta, GA

“The Transformational Journey:  A Story of Self-Awareness, Belief, and Action”

11/2/13                     District 45 Toastmasters Conference

“Impromp-To Success”   St. John, NB Canada

10/22/13                 Belfast Free Public Library       Belfast, Maine

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

10/19/13                 Maine Authors Publishing Bi-Annual Authors Conference

Rockland, Maine

From Fear to Success:  Presentation Skills for Authors

10/15/13               Radio Interview

A Kind Voice on Employment, Opportunity and Innovation Internet Radio Program

10/1/13                  Bangor Public Library       Bangor, Maine

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

9/21/13                  Individual Coaching- Resume-writing

9/8/13                    Individual Coaching- Interviewing

9/7/13                    Metavivor Fundraiser- Author Meet and Greet      Annapolis, MD

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

9/5/13                     Edgewater Public Library         Edgewater, MD

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

8/29/13                   Waldo Technical School Administration   Northport, Maine

Make Your Story Come Alive- Résumé Writing

8/16/13                    Portland Rotary

Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland ME

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

8/7/13                      New England Mobile Book Fair

Book Signing, “Transformation Presentation”

8/7/13                          J. V. Fletcher Library

Book Signing, “It’s Not Bragging If It’s a Fact:  Improving Interviewing Skills”

8/6/13                          Virtual Meeting / Teleconference

LEAD for Woman- Bank of America

Command and Influence — Better Business Communications

8/1/13                            Lewiston Career Center

Transformation Time / D-Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job

7/30/13                         Individual Coaching- Time Management

7/28/13                         Portland Jetport  Portland, ME

Book Signing

7/27/13                         Belfast Book Fair  Belfast, ME

Book Signing

7/25/13                         Individual Coaching- Resume Writing

7/24/13                         HR Power Hour with Dave Ciullo   WLOB 1310 Radio

Radio Interview (to be aired Saturday July 25 10:ooam-11:00am)

7/18/13                          Individual Coaching- Understanding Corporate Culture

7/17/13                          Tewksbury Library, Massachusetts-  100 Authors Program

Job Seekers Networking Group- Interviewing / Book Signing

7/13/13                          New England Mobile Book Fair

82 Needham Street Newton Highlands, MA

Book Signing

7/12/13                          Portland (Maine) Jetport

Book Signing

7/8/12                            Individual Coaching session- resume   Dover-Foxtrot, Maine

6/20/13                          MPBN Panel Discussion        Portland, Maine

Jobs in Maine

6/18/13                          Virtual Meeting / Teleconference

LEAD for Woman

Let Your Connections Work for You – How to Build a Professional Network

6/6/13                            Winslow High School               Winslow, Maine

Jobs for Maine Grads (JMG) Keynote Address

6/5/13                            Book trailer production with Maine Authors Publishing

6/4/13                            Falmouth Memorial Library    Falmouth, Maine

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

6/3/13                           Individual Coaching session- resume   Camden, Maine

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

6/1/13                             Individual Coaching session- resume writing

5/30/13                          Samoset Resort Leadership Summit

Bar Harbor, Maine      Powerful Professional Transformation: Unleashing Leadership 

5/29/13                           Axiom Book Awards

Providence NYC- Received Gold Medal for “From Fear to Success”

5/24/13-5/26/13       District 45 Toastmasters Conference

(Winner of the Table Topics (Impromptu) Contest, Speaker’s Panel)

Moncton, New Brunswick Canada

5/11/13                           Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

5/4/13                             Made in Maine Expo- Book Signing with Maine Authors Publishing

Spectacular Event Center  Bangor, Maine

4/23/13                           Belfast, Maine

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership Discussion (based on HBR article)

4/12, 4/15, 4/18/13   Maine Streaming Media       Bangor, Maine

Taping “From Fear to Success” Audio Book

4/10/13                           Virtual Lunch and Learn- Webinar

From Fear to Success:  Practical Public Speaking and Leadership Success

4/6/13                            Area 5 Toastmasters International Speech Contest   Belfast, Maine

(Winner of International Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests)

3/27/13                          Waldo County YMCA      Belfast, Maine

Living to Die, Dying to Live speech

3/26/13                         Winthrop (Maine) Rotary Club (Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union on Highland Avenue)

Book Signing, “Jack” and Spech Dissection/Focus Group

3/25/13                          Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Authors Night- discussion on self-publishing

3/21/13                         Conference Call- Panel Discussions

Benefits of Professional Networking

3/21/13                      Rockport Opera House      Rockport, Maine

Book Signing, A Night of Inspiration and Transformation

3/18/13                       Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Public Speaking – Practical Public Speaking- Part III

3/14/13                       Dirigo Toastmasters Club International Speech Contest   Belfast, Maine

3/12/13                       Portland (Maine) Kiwanis Club

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

3/11/13                        Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Public Speaking – Practical Approach (Part II)

3/6/13                          Rockland Rotary Club       Rockport, Maine

Transformation Discussion

3/5/13                          Belfast, Maine

From Fear to Success:  Practical Public Speaking      

 3/4/13                        Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Public Speaking – Practical Approach (Part I)

2/27/13                    Virtual Meeting / Teleconference

LEAD for Woman, Transformation Discussion

2/25/13                      Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Business Focused Time Management & Organization

2/21/13                        Carrabassett Valley Public Library   Sugarloaf, Maine

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

2/19/13                        Camden (Maine) Lions Club

Living to Die, Dying to Live

2/15/13                         Thomas College Public-speaking Class  Waterville, Maine

Transformation Time presentation, Living to Die, Dying to Live speech

2/8/13-2/10/13           Camden, Maine

U.S. National Toboggan Championships- Announcing

2/5/13                           Augusta (Maine) Rotary (UMA campus)

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

2/4/13                           Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Communication Skills for Business Professionals

1/28/13                          Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

It’s Not Bragging if It’s a Fact- Interviewing Workshop

1/26/13                          Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Motivating the Team

1/22/13                         Rockland (Maine) Public Library

Book Signing, Transformation Time presentation

1/22/13                         Belfast, Maine

Business Focused Time Management & Organization

1/21/13                         Individual Coaching Session

Resume Review and Networking

1/13/13                          Maine Lions Club     Gardiner, Maine

Book signing, Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

1/2/13                             Belfast, Maine

Make Your Story Come Alive — Résumé Writing Workshop

12/22/12                        Bangor Mall in JC Penny Court

Book signing                  Bangor, Maine

12/21/12                         Portland Jetport

Book signing                  Portland, Maine

12/16/12                         Sherman’s Books & Stationary Freeport, Maine

Sponsored by Sherman’s Books & Stationary

12/5/12                            Belfast, Maine

Professional Networking

12/3/12                            Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Keep Your Key Contributors — How to Retain Your Top Employees

12/1/12                            Sherman’s Books & Stationary    Camden, Maine

Sponsored by Sherman’s Books & Stationary

11/27/12                         Camden Public Library     Camden, Maine

Sponsored by Owl & Turtle Books

11/26/12                        Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Maximizing Multiple Generations in the Workplace

11/24/12                         The Reading Corner   Rockland, Maine

Book Signing Sponsored by Rockland Festival of Lights

11/18/12                          Point Lookout     Northport, Maine

Book Signing Sponsored by Artfull Gifts Show

11/16/12                          Point Lookout     Northport, Maine

Book Signing Sponsored by Artfull Gifts Show

11/8/12                              Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Authors Night- discussions on self-publishing

11/7/12                              Belfast, Maine

Communication Skills for Business Professionals

11/5/12                              Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

It’s Not Bragging if it’s a Fact — Improve Interviewing Skills

11/4/12                               Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, Maine

Toastmasters District 45 Fall Conference- Training Session

Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

10/29/12                           Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Make Your Story Come Alive — Résumé Writing Workshop

10/26/12                           Thomas College Public Speaking Classes

Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

10/22/12                           Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Do Everything YOU Want To Do — Time Management and Organization

10/17/12                            MDI Toastmasters Club   Bar Harbor, Maine

Area 5 Governor Visit and Speech- Funeral for a Friend 

10/10/12                            Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

From Fear to Success — Practical Public-Speaking

10/3/12                               Bangor Toastmasters Club   Beal College   Bangor, Maine

Area 5 Governor Visit and Speech- Funeral for a Friend speech

10/3/12                                Belfast, Maine

Business Focused Time Management & Organization     

10/1/12                               Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Command and Influence — Better Business Communications

9/28/12                                Book Launch and presentation Rockport Opera House

Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

9/24/12                                Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

Let Your Connections Work for You — How to Build a Professional Network

9/17/12                                Five Towns Adult Education Camden, Maine

How to Transform Yourself into Who You Really Want to be Professionally

9/13/12                                  MWWCA Conference    Sugarloaf Resort, Maine

Public Speaking: From Fear to Success

9/10/12                                 Coastmasters Toastmasters Club   Camden, Maine

Area 5 Governor Visit and Speech- Funeral for a Friend 

9/7/12                                    Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

8/29/12                                 Circle of Champions           Belfast, Maine

Transformation Time with Transformation Tom

7/19/12                                 Transformation Time with Transformation Tom  Belfast, Maine

6/9/12                                    Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

6/6/12                                    Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

5/18/12-5/20/12                   Toastmasters District 45 Spring Conference

(Table Topics Contestant (District 45 Champion))

5/15/12                                Let Your Connections Work for You —

How to Build a Professional Network (Richardson, TX)

5/5/12                                  University of Maine- Hutchinson Center (Belfast, Maine)-

Powerful Professional  Transformation: Unleashing Leadership

5/3/12                                 Belfast High School (Maine)-

It’s Not Bragging if it’s a Fact — Improve Interviewing Skills

5/1/12                                  Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

4/28/12                               Individual Coaching Session- Interviewing

4/28/12                               Toastmasters Division B International Speech Contest

(Third Place) and Table Topics Contests (First Place)

4/24/12                               Camden Hills Regional High School (Maine)-

It’s Not Bragging if it’s a Fact — Improve Interviewing Skills

4/14/12                                Toastmasters Area 5 International Speech and Table Topics Contest

4/11/12                                 Acadia National Park- Do Everything YOU Want

To Do—Time Management and Organization

4/11/12                                 MDI Toastmasters Club

3/30/12                                Conference by the Bay (2012 Nurses Convention- Rehoboth, DE)

4/4/12                                  Bangor Toastmasters Club

3/28/12                                Rockland (Maine) Rotary Club-

Public-Speaking Leadership Success

3/20/12                                Camden (Maine) Lions Club

3/14/12                                Coastmasters Toastmasters Club

2/26/12                                Belfast Rotary Youth Program (Outbound)-

Public-Speaking Leadership Success and Cultural Integration

2/25/12                               Toast of the Coast Toastmasters (via Skype- Canada)

2/22/12                                EMHS Toastmasters Club

2/21/12                                Brunswick Toastmasters Club

2/11/12-2/12/12                  U.S. National Toboggan Championships

(event announcer)

2/8/12                                  Belfast (Maine) Rotary Club

2/7/12                                  Lewiston-Auburn Toastmasters
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Post from Transformation Tom™- Memorize the Speech—or Don’t—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - February 23, 2015 - News
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memorize your speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Memorize the Speech—or Don’t

 

 

You have outlined and then written out the speech, and it is ready
to practice. I convinced myself that, as I was terrible at remembering
names and other things, I would also have trouble remembering
speeches without notes. It took plenty of practice and new tips
along the way, but now I feel confident in my ability to remember my
speeches. Below are some key tips:

• Go back and look at the outline to determine if the beginning, body,
and conclusion are logically arranged. I have found that some simple
re-arrangement of sentences can make all the difference in my ability
to memorize.
• Smooth out the speech to give it a more even flow if you find yourself
stumbling during transition points. The flow and rhythm are important.
• Don’t mumble the speech under your breath. You must be loud and
proud. Everything is a live rehearsal and will help your retention and
allow you to figure out better words to use. You will be surprised how
different your speech sounds from what you intended when you originally
wrote it.
• Learn in small increments. I begin by setting a goal of memorizing
a paragraph a day. Before work, I invest time going over the paragraph
to remember it. On my commute home from work, I try to recall the
most recent portion of the speech I worked on. By the end of the day,
I have the baseline of the paragraph down. The next day, I reinforce
the first paragraph and begin the second. I continue this progressive
approach until I remember the entire passage. You should note that
if you choose not to memorize the entire speech, you should at least
invest the time to know your material inside and out. Many experienced
people in the field of public speaking argue the wisdom of memorizing
entire speeches. Some argue that the presentation becomes too
acted or prescribed. I will leave it up to each individual as to how they
want to prepare their work. What is typically agreed on is the importance
of memorizing a strong opening and conclusion, with a laser
focus pointed on the key message and topics that must be stated within
the presentation to define the success of the speech.
• Visualize the speech in your head. With the small increments noted
above, you can begin to visualize the speech order based on key words
and sentence structures. Visualizing is slightly different from memorizing
because, to some extent, you are living the speech by thinking
about words, places you want to be on stage, and flow.
• Use gestures to accompany your words, and use your body to guide
your mind. I have almost forgotten words many times, but built strong
gesture routines and habits in which my arms and hands prompted me
with word memories.
• Incorporate alliteration. This shouldn’t be overdone, but it’s always a
great tool to throw in occasionally (e.g., helpless, homeless, and hurting…).
• Practice in different surroundings so you don’t get too comfortable
in one forum. For example, as noted above, I often practice while driving
home from work. Afterwards, I am always shocked the first time I
stand up and practice it. I always seem thrown off simply by standing
the first time.
• Even if the speech isn’t perfect, practice with other people or a video
camera. This added pressure builds your concentration level.
• Use videotape to help underline some trouble spots for remembering.
This comes back to being able to visualize yourself on the stage.
• Then practice, practice, practice. You can never practice too much.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s business books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work received Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction Category at the 2014 Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the Business category at the 2014 New York Book Festival
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World received Honorable Mention in the Business Category at the 2012 New England Book Festival
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival.

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Guest Blog: Zeb Welborn on Time Management

Posted by tomdowd - February 18, 2015 - News
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Zeb Welborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May of 2013 I was invited to the monthly Membership Committee Meeting for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, the first committee meeting I ever attended.  In June, the newly elected Chairman of the Board, Debbie Mitsch asked me to be the Head of the Membership Committee, and I accepted – even though – I had no idea what I was doing.

I organized our first meeting with the members already enlisted in the group.  I wanted to be prepared and so I thought of our talking points, I emailed the members of the committee and I created an agenda of topics to discuss.

During the meeting, we discussed our goals of the committee and how we were going to achieve them.  My first time managing a committee meeting.  No one was murdered and we accomplished something.

My first time in charge of a committee = success!

My second session did not go as well.  As the owner of Welborn Media, it was easy to get overwhelmed with my day-to-day activities so this volunteer assignment of running the Membership Committee meeting took a back seat.  I worked right up until the time I was supposed to leave for the meeting.  I did no pre-planning and had no idea what I was going to cover for the meeting.

I thought I could wing it.  And although I did a decent job, (no one got murdered this time either) something was off.  I could tell that the committee members lost enthusiasm because of my lack of preparedness.

While being a member of other groups, including my time as a High School Teacher, and as a member of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, I was always annoyed at people who were placed in positions of power who lacked the necessary preparation for the position – especially as organizers of meetings.  The meetings went fine, but my enthusiasm for those groups waned because those in charge did not properly prepare prior to getting together with the group.

After my second meeting, I knew I needed to be more prepared.

In life, I’m conscious of the things that annoy me and want to make sure I’m not annoying others.  And wasting my time is a big one, so I want to be sure I’m not wasting the time of others either.

Because of the non-verbal cues I received from those in attendance at my second meeting in charge of the Membership Committee, I made some changes.

Here are the steps I took to help manage my time so that I was better prepared for running monthly meetings for the Membership Committee at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce:

Pre-Meeting:

  • Approximately one week before meeting, email all group members with:
    • the agenda
    • date, time and location of meeting
    • reminders about anything they were responsible for from the last meeting
  • One day before meeting, email all group members with:
    • the agenda
    • date, time and location of meeting
    • reminders about anything they were responsible for from the last meeting.

During Meeting:

  • cover all topics in the agenda.
  • respect everyone’s time.  Always be on time and always end the meetings on time.
  • take notes about action items to be completed by next meeting
  • ask for topics of discussion for next meeting

Post-Meeting:

  • email meeting recap
  • remind members of tasks/responsibilities to be completed by the next meeting

The pre-meeting routine not only helps to prepare me mentally for our topic discussion each week, but it helps to remind members of their responsibilities and adds more credibility to the work we are doing.  Each email takes about 5 minutes to put together and helps to save time being wasted at our actual meeting.

During the meeting, I make sure to cover all the topics presented on the agenda, to start and end the meeting on time, and take notes to remind myself of the tasks each one of us is supposed to complete.

*Note – As someone who has attended his fair share of meetings, there is nothing that annoys me more than a meeting that lasts longer than is scheduled.

The post-meeting helps to maintain the momentum gained from the meeting, to remind others about their assignments for the month and, most importantly, it documents everything we discussed in the meeting so I can reference it when planning for the next meeting.

All in all, my extra planning for each meeting takes an additional 15 minutes of preparation for an hour-long meeting.

Since implementing, I’ve found that more members attend more meetings, they are more enthusiastic, they complete more of their monthly tasks, and we generate better ideas for our meetings.

My time management skills have made me a more effective leader and has resulted in substantial benefits for our Membership Committee, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, our community, and Welborn Media.

 

To learn more about time management, please listen to my interview with Tom Dowd on the Defining Success Podcast – Episode 111: Time Management Tips and Tactics | Tom Dowd Author of Time Management Manifesto.

 

Zeb Welborn is the owner of Welborn Media.  Welborn Media helps passionate business owners navigate the online world to help grow their business.

 

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Post from Transformation Tom™- Prepare for This Moment… Now: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 16, 2015 - News
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prepare now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you prepared for this moment? If you even hesitated to answer,
it’s time to start preparing yourself. As stable as we think we are
in any employment situation, including your current position if you are
employed, that situation can change at any time. You must plan for the
worst-case scenario or valuable time will be wasted as you scramble to
figure out your next step. If you are scrambling, don’t forget about the
emotional rollercoaster you’ll be on—meaning your head won’t be on
straight and your thinking will most likely not be clear to start the process.
Whether you are in a seemingly stable job now or you’re out of
work at this moment, do you know your strategy? What’s your end game?
What are your immediate and long-term goals?
It’s important to have a clear vision—in writing. When we are in scrambling
mode, we make quick decisions, rash judgments, or we go back and
forth between strategies and actions we want to execute. To avoid that,
investing time to clarify your goals ahead of time will be beneficial because
it provides a map to follow. This is your playbook, giving you the tactics
needed to get where you want to go. Once you write it all out, it starts to
feed and expand the vision further, which will only help. Try not to become
so focused on your targeted goals that you lose sight of the peripherals, such
as maintaining a strong network. Written goals, however, have been proven
time and time again to exponentially increase success. It’s okay to also have
multiple paths on this journey—AKA Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C—but the
more clearly laid out the paths are, the more you can proactively take the
actions needed to get you to your end goal.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s business books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work received Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction Category at the 2014 Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the Business category at the 2014 New York Book Festival
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World received Honorable Mention in the Business Category at the 2012 New England Book Festival
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival.

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 about Avanoo?  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

Wisdom Wednesday with Guest Blogger Judy Robinett: Thoughts from the Titanium Digital Rolodex

Posted by tomdowd - February 11, 2015 - News
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After serendipitously crossing paths as guests on the same radio program on day—Judy and I having a passion and love for networking—we naturally connected with each other.  Judy has graciously agreed to grace us with her expertise in a series of guest blog posts.  Every Wednesday January 7-February 11, I’ll post one of Judy’s tidbits that will all make us better professionals. 

Judy Robinett Pic

 

 

 

Are You in the Right Room? An Important Key to Networking Success

I’ve been doing a lot more speeches this year, and occasionally I’ve woken up from what I consider a version of the “speaker’s nightmare.” Not the “standing in front of the audience in your underwear” or the “go out to speak and realize you’ve forgotten your notes and have no idea what you’re supposed to say” dream. In this version, I walk out with confidence, turn to the audience—and realize I’m in the wrong room.

Unfortunately, a lot of people experience the same problem in their networking efforts. They want to reach individuals that can be helpful to them and their businesses; they’d like to get to know leaders in their professions and communities. But they don’t have access to where those people congregate. In fact, they don’t know where to start looking in the first place. So they end up going to networking events where they shake hands with a lot of other businesspeople just like themselves—in other words, they’re in the wrong room for their goals.

 

I’m all for networking with colleagues and peers—but in order to reach the movers and shakers in your industry or community, you have to understand how ecosystems work. I define an ecosystem as a web of professional and personal connections, linked by common interests, and sharing knowledge and access unavailable to outsiders.

Every town, city, and state has its own ecosystem, as does every profession and industry. The key players in each ecosystem know each other, meet with each other, and do deals with each other. The places where those key players meet are the “rooms” you want to get yourself into. Getting yourself into the right room is a four-step process. First, you must identify the ecosystems that are important for your particular business and community. (Make sure you include politics, finance, and media, as these are key ecosystems for everyone.) Second, identify the key players in those ecosystems. Some of these people may be obvious—the presidents of the local banks and largest corporations, for instance—but others might not be as visible—many angel investors, for example, keep a low profile unless you know someone who can introduce you to them. Often you will hear the names of the low-profile people only after you’ve met some of the other key players in that particular ecosystem.

Third, start researching where the key players appear. Do they attend certain

community functions? Business meetings or conferences? What are their hobbies or

personal interests? (It can be easier to meet someone at a social sporting event.)

What charities do they contribute to, and what causes do they support?

The fourth and final step is to get yourself into the rooms where key players will be. When I was working for the Department of Aging in Idaho, I volunteered for the finance committee of the city’s United Way campaign. This put me in the same room with C-level financial executives from some of the biggest companies in the area. It also put me in constant touch with the administrative assistant for the governor of Idaho. Volunteering is often a great way to get yourself into the same room with the movers and shakers of a community or other ecosystem.

Some of the “right rooms” that are rising in popularity in business today are “curated” events—invitation-only (or contribution-only) small gatherings where people of similar interests and backgrounds come together. (Alley to the Valley is such a curated event for women in the tech industry of Silicon Valley.) Are there curated events for your profession or industry, or in your town or community? Better yet, could you hold such a curated event?

Not long ago master networker Jay Allen told me a story of his wanting to get to know ten of the most prominent CIOs in his particular field. He cold-called one of them and said, “Would you like to have lunch with nine other top CIOs in the area so you could discuss common challenges and solutions?” The CIO agreed—and from there the businessman called other CIOs and said, “Would you like to join the CIO of Such-and-Such Company at lunch to discuss best practices? No selling, just information.” In no time ten CIOs had agreed to come. Jay then served as the host of the lunch—and got to know ten top executives on a first-name basis. He created the right room to increase his business.

When you understand ecosystems and how they work, it’s much easier to figure out where the right rooms are to gain access to the people you need to reach. And being in the right room makes it much easier to create the right connections and build the right relationships to help you succeed.

 

Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+150 Rule (McGraw-Hill, May 2014), a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” She has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

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Post from Transformation Tom™- Know Your Speech Rate—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

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Do you know how many words you speak per minute or how long
it takes you to get through a speech of single-lined text on a piece of
paper? What is your typical pace? And, why are these questions relevant?
Understanding how quickly you speak will assist you as you are
writing out your presentation. It will help you as you move from your
outline to the actual text to see if you have enough or too much material.
Your speaking speed will vary once you start practicing out loud
because you will build in strategic pauses, movement on the podium,
and gestures that will impact your timing and speed.

I didn’t realize early in my speaking career that I was inadvertently
counting my words. I knew that for a five to seven-minute speech
(based on the size-ten font I typically use), I could have a full page plus
one paragraph on the second page and stay within seven minutes. This
was early in my public-speaking experience, because I depended more
on my notes. After learning to memorize similar-length speeches, I
found I couldn’t have that extra paragraph because I was getting better
at responding to audience reactions and at using pauses for effect;
the timing of my speeches changed based on my experience level. I
have settled in to around 800 to 850 words for a seven-minute speech,
after I also account for anticipated audience reactions (about 115 to
125 words per minute). There is obvious variation based on the topic
and delivery, but I know instantly when writing speeches if I have too
much or too little based on the allotted time. I now know that I need to
eliminate thirty words to cut down my time by about fifteen seconds.
Once you settle into a good routine, you will become very familiar
with your speech-writing timing needs.

 

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

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Wisdom Wednesday with Guest Blogger Judy Robinett: Thoughts from the Titanium Digital Rolodex

Posted by tomdowd - February 4, 2015 - News
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After serendipitously crossing paths as guests on the same radio program on day—Judy and I having a passion and love for networking—we naturally connected with each other.  Judy has graciously agreed to grace us with her expertise in a series of guest blog posts.  Every Wednesday January 7-February 11, I’ll post one of Judy’s tidbits that will all make us better professionals. 

 

 

How Strategic Are Your Current Relationships?

Through the years I’ve brought a lot of promising young companies (primarily tech startups) to the attention of angel investors and VC funds, and one of the first questions I ask entrepreneurs is, “What’s your business plan?” Before they risk investing in a company, funders want to see a strong, concise, detailed description of exactly how and when the business will turn a profit.

 

My question to you is, do you have a business relationship plan—a strategy for developing the connections that will help you succeed? The right network can represent significant value for you and your business, because the people in it can provide connections, opportunities, funding, and support. But to build a strong network will require an investment of your time and effort. That’s why I believe you must have a plan for finding and building the relationships that can mean the most for your success, and a system for deepening those relationships over time. Developing a valuable network starts by assessing your current one. Here are a few questions to get you thinking.

 

  1. How many of your current relationships would you consider strategic—meaning, you know exactly the value they can provide you, and that you can provide them? What is your network’s strategic quotient (SQ)?

 

  1. How many different professions, industries, and communities are represented in your network? Do you have connections with people who are “higher up” than you as well as those who are just starting out?

 

  1. How much do you know about the people in your network? Do you know what’s important to them in their lives and businesses?

 

  1. How much do you know about the networks of the people in your network? How connected are they?

 

  1. In how many relationships are you actively providing value at least once a week, month, or quarter?

 

 

As you know, a business plan doesn’t just assess the current state of the business. Its most important aspects outline a strategic plan for building the business in the years ahead. I believe that you have to do the same with your business relationships: you need to think strategically about the relationships you need to develop to reach your goals. Ask yourself these questions.

 

  1. How many people do you feel you need to have in your network? (Remember, the goal is quality, not quantity.)

 

  1. Which ecosystems (professions, industries, locations, etc.) need to be represented?

 

  1. Do you have a list of high-value connections with whom you would like to develop strategic relationships? Why would these people be of value to you? If they were in your network, how would you add value to them consistently so they would be eager to help when you need it?

 

  1. Do you have a system for managing your strategic relationships so that you can stay connected with these people easily and frequently?

 

A healthy network of strong connections is one of your most valuable personal and professional assets. That’s why you should assess your network’s current health while you create a solid plan for its future growth and development

 

Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+150 Rule (McGraw-Hill, May 2014), a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” She has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

Judy can be reached at:

Website www.judyrobinett.com

Twitter @judyrobinett

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Post from Transformation Tom™- Have Your Three Salaries Ready: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

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Didn’t I just mention in the last chapter that you should know your
lowest acceptable compensation offer? So, you may be asking where
the other two salaries come from? Sometimes we can’t get what we want,
while other times we undervalue our services due to what we perceive
as desperate circumstances. If you land with the right organization, you
should be paid in close proximity to your worth. However, only you define
that worth, and you need to be ready to negotiate. In some cases, you
must be willing to walk away. The three salaries you must know are:

1. Your dream job. What is your high end of the scale?
2. What is the acceptable range? What are you worth based on your
experience, your skills, and the job for which you are applying? You
must do your homework.
3. What is the absolute lowest, drop-dead number that can be put on
the table that you will still accept? You obviously won’t start negotiations
with this number, but you need to be prepared for it.

As for negotiations, you must assume that every company negotiates.
Be prepared for that, and don’t simply take the first offer without some
discussion. Some companies may not negotiate, but it’s always worth asking
rather than assuming. Even non-management positions most likely
work within a range.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s business books available in softcover, eBook, and audiobook (From Fear to Success only):

  • Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance
  • Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work received Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction Category at the 2014 Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the Business category at the 2014 New York Book Festival
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World received Honorable Mention in the Business Category at the 2012 New England Book Festival
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival.

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 about Avanoo?  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