Archive: March, 2015

Post from Transformation Tom™- Test the Predictability of Your Network: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - March 30, 2015 - News
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On the day I lost my job, I jumped on LinkedIn and asked for recommendations
from over 200 connections (see sample below). The
first one I received back within minutes was from an old boss with whom
I hadn’t always seen eye to eye. We never found the formula to work well
together, but what did I have to lose by asking? The recommendation was
well thought out and was a positive account of our time together. He also
added a note inviting us to get together if I needed anything else to help
in the process. The exercise of looking for recommendations with nothing
to lose was a great early lesson in testing the unpredictability of assumptions
I made about my own network—something I talk more about in
the next section, “Make No Assumptions.” “Testing the Predictability of
Your Network” will also give you a way to gauge what people will say if
contacted as a reference.

Sample LinkedIn recommendation request:

Dear (Name),
I’m sending this to individuals I’ve recently (choose a relevant topic:
worked with, coached, mentored, etc.). In light of the recent announcement
of my job being eliminated from (Company A) due to budget cuts,
I’m asking for recommendations to add to my LinkedIn profile in order
to continue building my brand and credibility. If you have any questions,
please let me know.
Thanks in advance for helping me out. -Thomas B. Dowd III

 

 

 

 

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

Post from Transformation Tom™- Assume Nothing—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - March 23, 2015 - News
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You can’t assume anything prior to speaking. You need to do your
homework, even if you are asked to give a “quick” status update on
a project to your manager and a group of his or her peers. You have
the right and obligation to ask how long you are expected to speak
for, who will be there, who else may be speaking, and if there will be
a question-and-answer session. Even though questions are typically
asked at this kind of event, it’s still worth checking. Wouldn’t it be better
to know ahead of time if the questions will be asked during the
presentation or after the presentation?
 
You must also confirm the time and place. I know it sounds obvious,
but I was embarrassed once when I showed up for a speaking engagement
at a local Kiwanis Club and saw that there was another speaker. I
had failed to re-confirm the time with the sponsor. The sponsor didn’t
reach out to me, but I hold myself accountable for assuming I was confirmed
after the first email I received. Even if you think you know the
answers, ask questions anyway to ensure that everyone is on the same
page. Clarifying and confirming are key tools in your speaking arsenal.

 

 

 

 

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

Post from Transformation Tom™- Examine the Reliability of Your Network: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - March 16, 2015 - News
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Network reliability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you’ve heard legendary football coach Vince Lombardi’s quote,
“Hope is not a strategy.” That definitely applies here. You can’t hope that
your list of “friends” and “connections” on your social networking sites will
bail you out of your bind. If you’ve compiled your network by simply sending
out invitations to LinkedIn, for example, you may be in for a rude awakening
if there is a real need to tap into the network. You need to redefine
networking. A solid foundation is built on mutual, lasting relationships—
not merely checking off the box. I intentionally put quotes around friends
and connections because you must ask yourself how truly connected you
are with them. Having a large volume of connections will not get you a job
if those connections don’t really know you, your skill set, your potential, or
in some cases, even who you are. If you’re unsure of how people see you, it’s
time to find out. Start now to deepen the relationships you have with these
connections in order to create a more reliable network. Let people get to
know the real you—the whole you, not just the business you.

How do you start? It’s simple: send a note, or make a call to a connection.
The connection can be from LinkedIn, your contact lists, Facebook,
or any other means through which you have a name, phone number,
or email address. We’ll discuss various strategies throughout the book,
but the important thing is to get past your hesitation and start to turn
your contact list into a reliable network. These conversations will build
credibility, trust, and respect, and formulate a meaningful—and mutual—
relationship that will last. You want the conversation to end with that
connection truly knowing you’re there for him or her.

 

 

 

 

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

Post from Transformation Tom™- Listen Better—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - March 9, 2015 - News
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Toastmasters’ club meetings emphasize the importance of speech
evaluations and designate certain individuals to listen for proper
grammar and filler words. Personally and professionally, I knew
I needed to be a better listener, because I had a reputation for periodically
speaking over people as they spoke. The habit was not to be
disrespectful, but was often an attempt to rush out my own words
while they were fresh in my head. However, I had never correlated the
importance of public speaking with listening. With a larger group of
people, especially during question-and-answer sessions, Toastmasters
training gave me more restraint in the business environment. I began
to actively listen to the questions and then thoughtfully try to answer
them.
In addition to Q&A sessions, I started listening not only with my
ears, but with my eyes. My observation skills were becoming honed
because I needed to adjust to audience reactions during my presentations,
whether it was by seeing sighs, yawns, closed eyes, or even no
reaction at all. Altering presentation and delivery to adapt to audience
needs, even in mid-stream, helps not only with the present speech,
but with future versions of that same speech. Additionally, becoming
a better listener has made me a better communicator all around. This
more holistic communication approach, including speaking and listening,
has increased my confidence and made me more adept in the
business setting.

 

 

 

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

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

Posted by tomdowd - March 2, 2015 - News
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resume abstract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re fortunate to have a job currently, I still suggest having your
résumé ready now. Within minutes of the fateful call, I was circulating
my résumé around the company, which jumpstarted my search and, subsequently,
my chances of success. Résumés are fluent and ever-evolving
documents; I recommend setting up a recurring quarterly appointment
to keep yours fully updated. You should never have to scramble or invest
time to do this with any urgency, as urgency increases the risk of mistakes
and can show disorganized thoughts. Being ready now reduces or eliminates
these risks, while showing potential employers how prepared and
diligent you really are.

 

 

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