Archive: February, 2016

Post from Transformation Tom™-Pull Each String All the Way Through: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 29, 2016 - News
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Leads are just leads until you bring them to life. Every networking
session should end with, “Who else should I meet?” and, “Is there
anything else I should be doing, or doing differently?” I was asked on
many occasions during the job-seeking process if I knew a particular person.
If the answer was “yes,” I would set up an appointment with them.
If the answer was “no,” I asked if we could be introduced. Most times, I
didn’t try to keep it to a single business area or even try to determine how
close the connection was—it didn’t matter. What was important was that
leads were being offered and it became my responsibility to do something
with them. We have an opportunity to go beyond our immediate friends
and past colleagues to tap friends of friends, long-lost relatives, and every
other person who comes across our radar screen. If you have a lead, take
advantage and send out requests to network. The ability to ask questions
and find ways to connect the dots of your growing web of a network can
be intriguing and fun. You might surprise yourself at how fruitful it is to
be curious and pull that string all the way through.

 

 

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™- Understand that Learning Is a Process, Not an Event—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - February 22, 2016 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Understand that Learning Is a Process, Not an Event

 

Some gravitational pull may have led you to this book. Whether
you felt your stomach drop in an important business presentation or
you have a pending proposal you need to make, regardless of the reason,
you have dedicated yourself to improving your public speaking.
You have taken an exciting step toward your ultimate success.
You should be cautiously optimistic that your journey is just beginning,
regardless of your level as a public speaker. Remember that even
when your important presentation is over, the public speaking is not. The
event may be over, but the process continues. The art of public speaking,
and your progress, is ever evolving. The learning process needs constant
attention and refinement. It does not happen overnight, but it does happen
when you continue to take action. You have already made the tough
choice to improve—that was an action. Now, you should make sure that
your commitment is strong. Continue to build long-lasting habits that
will become your foundation and baseline to work from.
 
Learning is a process, not an event. Some of you may have some
natural ability, and some may not. However, the ability to move forward
and improve only happens after you cross over the threshold past
the inertia, and then keep your advancement toward success alive.

 

 

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™-Be Careful of Predators: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 15, 2016 - News
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Maybe the word predator is a little strong. I don’t consider myself a
full-blown sales and marketing person, so maybe I am a little more
sensitive to this type of business. Immediately after I lost my job, some
of the quickest responses I received from people with opportunities were
from individuals involved in sales and marketing positions. Many were
heavily commission-based with a bonus when they signed on new people.
I remember years ago when a close friend of mine tried to get me involved
in selling water purifiers. We agreed I would support him and go to one
meeting; if I didn’t like it, we would stop talking about it. I attended one
meeting and instantly knew it wasn’t for me. It was a business that worked
well for him and taught him skills that would make him an eventual giant
in the sales world. I knew it didn’t match my skills or desires, but it was
my first experience with multi-level marketing.

There are people with sales and marketing experience who would be
perfect candidates for this type of position—people with an entrepreneurial
spirit of independence who enjoy the adrenaline rush of knowing
their success is purely contingent on the next sale. The number of instant
responses I had from people in this type of field who were instantly on
my calendar was amazing. Staying true to my mantra of casting a broad
net, I listened objectively and asked enough questions to get a good feel
for what was being offered. As I’ve mentioned before, it is important to
stay open to all opportunities. I am being a little tongue-and-cheek with
the chapter title, because I was doing something similar in trying to sell
and market myself to others.

One of the key teachings was to be assertive enough to say “Thanks,
but no thanks” if I was no longer interested. I found that persistency is a
common trait in successful sales and marketing people. When I was pursuing
jobs, I appreciated when someone said to me that they needed more
time to think about it, or in some cases, that my follow-up in some cases
was too much. Most professionals get it and will move along. I connected
with many great people in what I found to be called the “level marketing”
field, and respect the amount of time and effort it takes to really make it
in that field. I also learned about persistency, assertiveness, and the drive
to develop strong personal relationships in my own job search. Every connection
can be a learning moment.

 

 

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™- Share Your Vulnerability—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - February 8, 2016 - News
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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Share Your Vulnerability

 

We have all had an argument, we have all made mistakes, and we
have all been nervous. We all share some common ground, whether
it’s our background, stories, or situations. When you share those
moments, they will resonate instantly with lots of audiences. Many
inexperienced speakers are too cautious in their approach to sharing
their vulnerabilities and mistakes with the crowd. In my early speaking
career, I kept things at a high level; I could have almost been described
as vanilla in my early speeches. They were surface only and didn’t dive
into who I really was. It was only after I started to open my soul and
share personal stories that I began to hold the interest of my audiences.
 
I have seen speakers who have hung on tight to intimate details
that would most likely hit home with the audience. I know that these
speakers had something poignant to be shared, but it remained bottled
up. If the topic made sense, and it was still appropriate to share in
order to connect with the audience, why wouldn’t they? We are sometimes
too self-conscious to let it all out, but your success with the audience
almost depends on doing so. You may even find a little therapy for
yourself—at least I did. I have obviously included in this book many of
the mistakes I have made as a speaker; what you should also see is the
journey and learning that followed. Lead your own audience through
to your final destination—your take-away message. An effective way
to get there is with moving, personal, relatable stories that leave you
exposed enough to hit the audience right in their hearts and head.

 

 

 

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 Is Yours: Chapter from “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”

Posted by tomdowd - February 1, 2016 - News
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I’ve just written that you should be open to feedback on your résumé.
I’m not contradicting myself when I also note that it’s yours to make
the final decision on how it looks and feels. Some of the feedback I received
was negative. After taking in all that feedback, even though it was
not always pleasant, I did listen to it. I then had to determine how much
of it was related to style as opposed to influence and how much of an impact
it would have on the decision makers who read it. People providing
feedback is a gift—it is also an opinion. Many people base their thoughts
on their own template. There is no perfect formula for résumés. Even
when I teach résumé writing, I clearly have to articulate that my own
résumé is a guide, and that their own résumés don’t have to be an exact
replica.
 
You should be conscious of the jobs you are applying for and ensure
that your résumé meets the target and alignment of that job. However,
there is no right or wrong résumé. To prove this, go to any search engine
and put in the word “résumé” and see how many options pop up. The
last time I did this in Google, more than 73 million results came back.
You will find many varying opinions on résumés. In the end, you have the
final determination of how you want your story told—and you must be
comfortable with 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