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Post from Transformation Tom™- Look Around for Humor—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - June 29, 2015 - News
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Look for Humor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Look Around for Humor

My personality leans toward being more serious than funny. I have
my moments, but I have to work hard to get some laughs. I have concluded
that I will never be a stand-up comedian, but I have had more
fun with myself, and the audience, once I stopped putting so much
effort into being funny. I found all I had to do was remember to just
look around me. We are surrounded by humor.

 

Self-deprecating humor is always a winner and usually won’t offend
the audience. It can be fun to go back and remember funny and embarrassing
stories from your childhood, from school, or from work. You
may even begin to chuckle when you unleash the repressed memories.
How many times have you sat around the dinner table and rehashed
humorous stories with family and friends? After dinner, jot down
some notes to help you remember, and throw them in that folder or
file.
Look around you. Have you ever passed a sign that made you laugh?
I have learned that humor isn’t all about one-liners or long, drawn-out
stories. The simple stories can get a great reaction. For example, my
wife was driving down the road when my fourteen-year-old daughter,
at the time, asked her about an old building they had just passed. My
wife said that it was an old topless bar. This is the part in the story
where people start getting very concerned about appropriateness. You
can relax. My daughter asked, “What did they do when it rained?” We
are surrounded with funny life moments.

 

 

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

  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
  • 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
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference

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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Post from Transformation Tom™- Go All-in on LinkedIn: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - June 22, 2015 - News
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I soon realized that my chances of getting a job increased exponentially
when I utilized LinkedIn as a tool. The use of LinkedIn may not be the
best course of action for everyone. For example, if you are looking only
at small businesses locally, it may be easier to go into each specific organization
to set up an appointment. However, even with this example, it
is prudent to at least glance at LinkedIn to see if the owner has a profile.

 

LinkedIn has become so important as a networking tool that business-savvy
individuals pay content experts to assist them in creating the most effective
LinkedIn profile. A friend of mine, Donna Serdula, does this professionally,
and has written LinkedIn Makeover: Professional Secrets to a Powerful
LinkedIn Profile, a great reference book to help ensure that your own profile
is the best it can be. If you’re looking for specific strategies for making an
impact on LinkedIn, I recommend checking out Donna’s book.
By going “all-in,” I mean doing more than replicating your résumé.

 

Use more space to make a visual impact on your LinkedIn profile. You
should make the assumption that recruiters and hiring managers will be
looking for your profile after you have made contact—this assumption is
a pretty good bet for many large employers today. If they don’t find a profile
for you, or find a quickly-put-together profile, that tells them a story.
What story do you want told about you? Among the many candidates
applying for jobs, a quality LinkedIn profile is a must to set yourself apart.

 

The basic free-service of LinkedIn is a great starting point and is often
sufficient to meet most people’s needs. LinkedIn does have Premium
paid-membership with benefits that include a more advanced search fea-
ture, seeing who has viewed your profile, and allowances to send more
messages. I will leave it up to your individual preferences and needs to
determine if the investment is worth it to you.

 

 

 

 

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

  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
  • 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
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference

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.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

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™- Be Funny, Even Though I’m Not—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - June 15, 2015 - News
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Be Funny

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Be Funny, Even Though I’m Not

I used to do a monthly presentation at work for newer employees.
The topic was often financial fraud, which can be a scary or fascinating
topic, depending on how the audience relates to it. I tried to have fun
with it to ease the mood and hold the audience members’ attention.
I started to receive consistent feedback that I was funny and engaging
on this potentially complicated topic. I went home and told my
wife and she simply said sarcastically, in the way only a spouse could,
“You’re not funny.”

 

I have retold this story many times and always seem to get some
laughs. I do have my funny moments, and it is important to inject
humor into your presentations, when possible. Not every presentation
is required to have humor, but if you can find a way to appropriately
add it in, even during serious presentations, you will give your audience
a release and the chance to get more involved in the presentation.

 

 

 

 

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

  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
  • 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
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference

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.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

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™- Understand the Importance of the “Rolodex”: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - June 8, 2015 - News
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Rolodex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The traditional “Rolodex” may not be the same as it used to be, having
been replaced in large part with new tools like Facebook, LinkedIn,
Outlook, Google, and other social media platforms and repositories of
contact information. That doesn’t mean maintaining—or even starting to
build—that contact information is any less important now than it ever
was. If you currently have a job, start or continue to build your network
now, using all of the aforementioned tools at your disposal. If you’re currently
unemployed, it’s time to play catch up. Watching multiple unemployed
people just starting to build their network in desperate times may
exacerbate your own anxiety on the road to employment. It’s important
to realize that the process is not insurmountable. The tools available to
facilitate the information-gathering process are critical to your success,
and make it easier than ever to begin the process of networking. It’s time
to build your “Rolodex.”
I had several traditionalists say they wanted face-to-face meetings and
phone calls. Those are fantastic if you can get them, but don’t depend
on them. Networks are built in many different ways today. There is no
set formula, but social media and email often are the most convenient
ways for the recipients of your requests to connect. It’s important to get
to know what the people you are depending on are using as their own
“Rolodex,” whether it’s LinkedIn or something else. If you need to create
new social media profiles, then do it. It’s important to adapt to new technologies
and networking practices if you’re not already there. While I’m
not typically a conformist, my own circumstances meant that I needed
to go with the easiest means of connecting. If the people I was trying to
connect with preferred one method over another, my goal was to make it
as easy and convenient as possible for them. In this case, I recognized that
if everyone else was doing it, there had to be a good reason why.
On a personal note, I know how time consuming social media can be.
I think it can become habit forming and has the potential to keep you
from developing real relationships. However, I can comfortably say that
more than eighty-percent of my time using social media was on LinkedIn,
or working with the contact list that I’ve maintained over the years in
Microsoft Outlook. I considered this invested time crucial to setting up
the meetings that would become real conversations. The time-consumption
question is really about productivity. How productive are you when
you’re using it? It wasn’t as important for me to view a post of what someone
had for dinner last night as to better understand what was going on
in his or her career and industry.

 

As you continue to reach out to people, build your Rolodex by capturing
contact information through incoming email signatures and other
means such as business cards, websites, and letterheads. Most professionals
have some type of email signature that often includes their phone
number and address. I significantly increased the number of times I was
able to capitalize on new leads by taking down the information in those
email signatures. I even found valuable opportunities with administrative
assistants’ contact information when it came to setting up networking
sessions, interviews, and meetings.

 

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

  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
  • 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
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference

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.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

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™- Know the Difference between Motivation and Inspiration—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - June 1, 2015 - News
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Motivation and Inspiration

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Know the Difference between Motivation and Inspiration

Inspiration and motivation are often used interchangeably. As a
speaker, you must understand the difference in order to achieve the
full effect of what you are trying to convey.

An inspirational message typically takes the audience on a journey. It
often is a part of the individual speaker’s personal trials and tribulations.
The inspirational ride is driven primarily through an emotional connection
to the audience. However, motivational speeches carry with them a
take-away or a specific request of the audience. You’ll try to persuade the
audience to take some kind of action, whether to change their ways—
such as eating habits, for example—or to accomplish something, such as
running a marathon. Simply sharing your own personal successes with
an audience is not being specific enough to motivate them to join in.

If you want an audience to be motivated, you need to tell them or
ask them to take a specific action. Staying with the example of eating
habits, you may want to ask the audience to start reading the labels
when they get home, counting calories against the recommended
intake, and incorporating the appropriate amount of fruits and vegetables
into their diets. You must convey specifics if you truly want to
motivate a positive change.

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

  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood
  • 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
  • The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World
  • From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference

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.com?  Two-to-three minute eLearning programs that can change your life.

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