Archive: September, 2015

Post from Transformation Tom™- Get Recommendations Before You Need Them: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - September 28, 2015 - News
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Recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if you’re deep into the job search, it’s still not too late to put
together your recommendations. You may have to make up some
ground, but keep the effort moving forward. If you’re poking around to
see what’s available on the job front and you’re not on a full-blown job
search, or you’re simply looking for a promotion that needs character
validation, now is the time to figure out who will recommend you. You
don’t want to be in the middle of filling out an application and get to the
section about recommendations or referrals and be stopped cold because
you don’t know who you plan on selecting. I had several people in mind,
but in some cases, it had been awhile since we last interacted. If you don’t
know the answer to the question, “Do I know who will endorse me?”
then it’s time to start writing out the list immediately.
After you finish the list of names, send a note or call the potential
group of at least three to five people and ensure that they know they may
be contacted. This may seem obvious, but I found that I didn’t have complete
contact information for a couple of people I wanted to use. I might
have had an email address or phone number only. On some applications,
name, address, email, and multiple phone numbers were requested. Be
prepared. If you’re building an online profile with a company that’s general
in nature, it may be okay to stop the process here.
As you start to narrow down the positions you are seeking and get to
a point where a recommendation may actually be used, help the person
providing the recommendation by giving them specifics about the job
and the individual or types of skills the company may be looking for.
A targeted approach with the person doing your recommendation can
potentially help the employer gather more meaningful information about
you.
Finally, the personal and professional relationship you have with
someone isn’t the only criteria you should pay attention to when making
a selection. Do you have connections that are brutally honest in all of
their assessments? While that can be a great quality, you don’t want all
your strengths and weaknesses laid out on the table for your prospective
employer. The person you select for a recommendation is an important
part of the job search process; that person shouldn’t spend the majority of
the time talking about your less desirable qualities. A balanced approach
is good, but you need to know ahead of time what’s coming. Coach that
person, if needed. I once went through a 360 feedback process where
I included direct reports, managers, peers, and business partners in my
feedback process. I was able to select them myself, so I picked the people
I was closest to, thinking they would only sing my praises. In actuality, I
had picked the people who knew me the best and were looking out for
my best interests by providing critical feedback. Although this is not a
direct correlation, understand that the people closest to you do care the
most about you, but also know you the best. Additionally, it’s important
to be cautious about seeking recommendations from people who can only
provide personal character responses. You want a balance of character information
with business accomplishments.

 

 

 

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

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

Posted by tomdowd - September 21, 2015 - News
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Go Big

 

 

 

 

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You might ask the audience for a response and tentatively raise your
hand in the hopes that they will, too. However, the tips of your own
fingers may not even go above your head. How will the audience react?
They, too, will be reluctant to raise their hands because they are taking
their cues from you. Go big with your gestures. You should let it
out like you mean it. This doesn’t mean going so far outside of your
own comfort level that you are not being genuine, but understand that
the audience needs to see the energy and enthusiasm of an effective
gesture.
The audience wants to get the most out of the physical and nonverbal
aspects of your speech. If you are giving a sly smile, don’t
make it quick. Give a pause with the slow emergence of a smile so
the audience gets the full effect. A friend of mine who is an experienced
swimmer always talks about the full extension of the fingertips
through the water. The same concept should apply here with your gestures,
vocals, and any other pieces of the speech that can stir the audience.
In a speech, if you mention being a sprinter in a race, take a few
quick, bursting steps. You should fully embrace the emotion you want
to evoke in the audience. The audience should definitely know how
you are feeling and what you are doing—don’t make them guess or
assume. Their ability to view and immediately grasp your every move
will enhance their engagement, involvement, and understanding.

 

 

 

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 Your Strongest Connections: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - September 14, 2015 - News
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Strong Connections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends and family are obviously strong connections—at least most
of the time. Did you notice I didn’t include colleagues? I have separated
them because your strongest professional connections will change
over time. Ask yourself who those connections were five or ten years ago.
Chances are many names are not the same. When building your network,
it’s important to understand that fluctuations happen—players change
over time. How important each one is to the other will also change over
time. You need to either accept that reality, or make every effort to work
on the relationship to ensure that it stays productive for both parties.
Inevitably, some relationships may not stand the test of time, and that’s
all right.
In the meantime, you need to know who your most reliable connections
will be, regardless of the business cycle. When the world’s crashing
in, who will pick up the phone for you? This section is very important
to me because I made some assumptions about people who proved to be
more fleeting network connections than the stable rocks I expected. To
avoid that, I should have invested time building a deeper relationship
with the people I wanted to be among my strongest connections. I had
to imagine the receiver of my phone call or message when I absolutely
needed something. I needed to be convinced that the call would get answered
and the support would be there. If there was any question about
the strength of that connection, I had some work to do.

 

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™- Emphasize Physical Aspects in the Speech—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - September 7, 2015 - News
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Gestures Speech

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Emphasize Physical Aspects in the Speech

 

We hear “public speaking” and obviously think about the spoken
words. We invest a lot of time as speakers in selecting the perfect
word for the perfect situation. As we prepare and practice, we should
remember to work on the complete package, beyond memorizing the
words and vocalizing. In our speech development, we sometimes lose
the physical aspects of the speech that can make the presentation come
alive.
Physical aspects of the speech include facial expressions and gestures.
Imagine a speaker sharing a “shocking” story with a blank look
on his or her face. Like a punch line in comedy, you need your face
and body to emphasize the emotions of the words to bring them alive.
In the “shocking” example, you would probably expect wide eyes or a
gaping mouth. Let the audience share the experience with you. Your
facial expressions may not even need words if your feelings can be
seen and related to by the audience.
Gestures are also important in moving the speech along, and you
must remember both the importance of timing and the naturalness
of the movements. You don’t want your movements to come across
as staged or prescribed. Although practicing the gestures to get them
to the point where you want them is imperative as you put the whole
package together, you do not want them to come across as acting. The
physical aspects of the speech are one more way to look at the speech
process holistically.

 

 

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