Archive: January, 2016

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

Posted by tomdowd - January 25, 2016 - News
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keep it simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Keep It Simple

 

Write speeches that are well-matched with your personality,
your education, your style, and your comfort level. I consider myself
oversimplified in some cases, and that’s the way I like it. When I have
attempted to sound smart or use big words, I have found a growing
sense of discomfort and unease during the presentation. As speakers,
we should make every effort to use descriptive words that paint the
picture of what we are trying to say, but our word choice shouldn’t
deviate too far from who we are normally. Newscasts or effective writing
on the Internet intentionally uses shorter sentences with simple
words to grab the most attention (funny how I almost used “garner”
instead of “grab”—that would have been too ironic). Your credibility
comes from people getting to know who you are as a speaker personally.
If you start using words that don’t typically come from your
mouth, they will sound forced and fake, and potentially will hurt the
credibility you are working so hard to gain.

 

 

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™-Talk with People Who Have Been Through It: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - January 18, 2016 - News
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talk with people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t want to create an overflow of pity, but you can glean lessons
learned from others who have been through it. Within three days
of the infamous call, I was having lunch with someone who had been
unemployed the year before and had landed a great job. Even as simple
as him telling me to have lower expectations for contacting people in
July due to vacation eased my mind about the process. With advice such
as, I don’t have to accept the first job offer, I was beginning to grasp the
number of choices and the control that I had with the swirl around me.
The level-setting discussion made me a little more “go with the flow” and
patient during the summer months, while making sure that I knew my
true value so I didn’t get low-ball job offers. There is no need for you to
reinvent the wheel. With millions of people who are or were out of work,
you are bound to know someone who is going through it or has recently
been through the process of finding a new job. In addition to the empathy,
you will find insight from mistakes they may have made and can give
you specific and actionable insight to run with.

 

 

 

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 Your Voice as a Tool—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - January 11, 2016 - News
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use your voice

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Use Your Voice as a Tool

 

Your voice has variety, so use it. Whether you are trying to project
volume or are making soft-spoken points to reach the hearts of the
audience, you can use the full range of what your voice has to offer. I
have been watching the growth of one of my Toastmasters club members.
In a speech about a scary movie, he described himself, “Screaming
like a little girl.” When he first started practicing, his squeal was
soft and constrained. He was coached to let it all out with a mighty,
high-pitched noise. His new approach was uninhibited and achieved
his purpose. The audience reacted with a jolt.

You can use various pitches to put yourself in the moment and even
use different voices if you are speaking as a character or a third party
for further impacts. You don’t have to be a full-blown actor or actress
to spice up your presentations with different emotions brought to life
with your voice. Additionally, you can use pace to your advantage to
convey the urgency of a story or slow it down to set the stage for the
audience. For example, audience members will almost feel themselves
getting exhausted when they hear you breathing heavily as if you have
just run a marathon. Use your voice as a tool and watch your own
effectiveness soar.

 

 

 

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™-Know that Your Résumé Isn’t Perfect: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - January 4, 2016 - News
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resume perfect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having the same résumé for over nine years that I maintained each
quarter provided stability and confidence to feel pretty good about
it. It was used often in training classes and mentoring sessions, so I received
plenty of solicited and unsolicited feedback. I used it as a template
for what I taught others, and constantly made the adjustments based on
the feedback I received.
I felt confident that my extensive experience in the financial industry
was a positive attribute and started the first line of my profile with the
statement, “Highly qualified executive offering over twenty-three years
of…” However, a number of people let me know that the executive and
twenty-three years comments may have priced me out of some roles and
put constricting boundaries on opportunities. Even after nine years, I was
getting new feedback! The opinions of some hiring managers may have
been that I would be over-qualified for some positions, even though I
would be satisfied with senior manager level positions of growth. It’s not
easy to change something you feel so comfortable with, but the revamped
version received more attention and created more discussion. I’m convinced
the new-and-improved résumé made a significant difference in
how I was viewed on paper.

 

 

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