Archive: December, 2015

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

Posted by tomdowd - December 28, 2015 - News
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move with purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Move with Purpose

 

Some speakers wander the stage with what seems like no purpose.
They walk back and forth across the front of the stage or simply
meander from place to place. This can distract the audience. In fact,
early in my speaking career, I paced back and forth to get rid of my
nervous energy. This wasn’t a bad idea, considering how much my
legs would shake, so I wasn’t sure if I could stand in one spot, anyway.
I was given some feedback recommending that I cut back on
some of my movement. I misinterpreted the feedback and stood in
the same spot. I no longer distracted the audience, but I appeared
even more upright and uptight than when I was pacing. I needed to
find a happy medium if I wanted to get my messages across to the
audience.
I began to study other speakers’ movement. I found out that the
effective ones casually walked the stage but were not pacing. They
stopped on key points and the movement had a nice, even flow. They
always seemed to know how to navigate the stage without distracting
the audience or enabling us to predict their every move. The nature of
the walk was the fundamental difference. The movement had purpose,
but remained as natural as walking down the street. The casual-walkwith-
friends approach solved my need to walk the stage to release my
nervous energy, and at the same time made me appear as if we were
just having a conversation while walking the dog.

 

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s 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
  • 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
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

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

Posted by tomdowd - December 21, 2015 - News
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rejection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will be rejected. You will have passive rejections, when people
forget lunch meetings, or do not return your calls or emails. You
won’t get interviews you thought you should, and you won’t even get a
glance from jobs that you know you are qualified for. With the high unemployment
rates, we have to get used to the fact that this unfortunately
is normal. The reality is that there are far too many résumés flying around.
Recruiters and hiring managers can’t always filter or interpret them all
accurately, quickly, or both. What you do with this rejection is another
story.
When your phone is silent and your email inbox is empty, are you
following up with past requests? When turned down, are you asking for
feedback to become better the next time? Are you asking for suggestions
for other possible leads? On several occasions, I was told that “other candidates
were more qualified,” that I was “over-qualified,” or that I was
“under-qualified,” depending on the job and the people I was working
through. In my conversations, I asked questions and was curious. The
conversations that ensued led to times when I became considered for
other similar roles, or for lines of businesses within that company that
were not previously on the radar screen. I had circumstances when I was
reconsidered after further discussion. My thinking is that one person creates
an opinion of you based on the block of time that you spoke. Asking
questions and possibly involving more people can get your name around,
create new context to the conversation, and more importantly, keep you
relevant. The goal is not to be over-the-top and in-your-face with the
approach. The aim is to be curious, develop, and learn something for the
next time around. If the next time around happens to create a path for
you, you can look at it as a bonus opportunity. Even asking questions as
simple as, “Who else should I talk to?” can turn rejection into your friend
immediately. Rejection: expect it, learn from it, and then use it to move
forward.
As a side note, you do need to understand that some people and
companies may not discuss the “whys” of their decision-making process.
Whether it is out of fear of being sued for discrimination, misinterpretation,
or other reasons, it’s important not to be discouraged if a request for
feedback goes unanswered or is answered unsatisfactorily. The fact that
you asked the question gave you the potential to gather some information
to make you better, and is better than not asking at all.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s 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
  • 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
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

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

Posted by tomdowd - December 14, 2015 - News
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Use Quotations

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Use Quotations

 

Using quotations can be complex. When, where, and how to
effectively incorporate them into your speech can be tough. When it
becomes tough, try to determine whether you are forcing it for the
sake of a quotation that you like. Ask yourself a few questions: Will the
audience like it as much as I do? Does it have a connection to the message
I am sending? Is it simple enough to say in a couple of sentences?
I have seen too many speeches in which a quotation was too complex
for the simple message being delivered. In some cases, I have
heard quotations that were hard for the audience to keep up with. One
of my favorite quotations is, “Change is inevitable, growth is optional,”
by John C. Maxwell. I first saw it taped up in my office. This quotation
has stuck with me for many years. It resonates as a strong business
quote, especially in an ever-evolving corporate environment. It is
simple and easily relatable to many audiences. The impact can be felt
in so many places.

The most effective quotations seem to be the most straightforward.
“Many people die with the music still in them,” by Oliver Wendell
Holmes, has its own effortlessness that can be applied in multiple
scenarios. Take the audience on a journey with you by using quotations.

Make the message memorable and simple—simply make sure
the timing is right and that your quotation fits just so. Recognize that
quotations should be used to set the tone or reinforce your message.
You should try not to jam them into a presentation because you feel
obligated. Keep a list of attention-grabbing quotes. Keep a folder of
your favorites for future presentations. When you are looking for the
right words, go back and reference the folder, to see how a favorite
quotation can spice up your presentation.

Note: Whether you are using a quotation, comic strip, music, or anything
else that is not your own material, be sure to cite the source
and originator for appropriate credit. Please also ensure you are not
infringing on copyrights or protected material.

 

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s 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
  • 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
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

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™- Attack the Bucket List, or at Least the Honey-Do List: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - December 7, 2015 - News
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bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would typically put in a ten-to-twelve hour day of job-searching. I
don’t want to contradict the need to pursue the main goal—to find a
job—but we do need to find balance. I am expanding on it as a distraction
to break up your day. Take a lunch break and do a chore or address
something you’ve always wanted or needed to do. A fellow unemployed
friend wisely gave me the advice to at least take the weekends off to recharge.
The amount of productive work goes down naturally, because not
everyone is checking emails and messages, although I admit that many of
the responses I did get were from people who slowed down enough from
their own jobs to send a quick note or response on the weekends. You can
partially control your own working schedule now that you’re at home, so
take advantage of it. Your spouse’s honey-do list will appreciate it.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s 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
  • 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
  • The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood

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