“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Live in the Present
With dread, I waited in the lobby an hour before the biggest speech
competition of my life. For the first time, I had the opportunity to
compete against seven other speakers for the chance to represent our
district in the Toastmasters World Semi-finals International Speech
Competition. Unfortunately, I hadn’t learned yet that the words “fun”
and “public speaking,” could be used in the same sentence.
I asked Joey Grondin, the eventual contest winner, what he did to
relax. He simply said, “Live in the present.” He went on to say that this
moment would never come again, so why not enjoy it? If you grasp
hold of the now, then the audience will get caught up in the moment,
too. So, I stopped worrying about making mistakes and basked in the
moment I had on the podium. When I did, in fact, make a large mistake
by having an awkward pause while I tried to remember what I
wanted to say next, I watched the audience feel my emotions and provide
the encouragement and support I needed to ultimately have the
most fun I ever had in my early speaking career.
Thomas B. Dowd III’s business 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 received Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction Category at the 2014 Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the Business category at the 2014 New York Book Festival
- The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World received Honorable Mention in the Business Category at the 2012 New England Book Festival
- From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide received the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Reference, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival.
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