This practical guide will share concise methods to overcome anxiety, relate to any audience, develop an effective presentation, make your message count, and stir emotion. The tips and techniques are bite-sized nuggets that will resonate with speakers of all levels—from those wanting to survive a speech to professionals needing reinforcement to hone their craft. Building off the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills, this guide offers a practicality that will stand the test of time. Readers will see that effective public speaking has more to do with confidence than communication skills. Public speaking is everywhere, not just at a podium, and successful public speaking skills can be developed with easy-to-follow steps. Readers will find that their own success, both personal and professional, is directly related to their ability to communicate effectively. Using personal examples of his triumphs and lessons learned, Tom shares his journey to get past the emotion of fear that has gripped everyone at some time in their lives when they stared into a crowd. The techniques included will build the confidence to not just survive one moment, but teach you to play to your own strengths and enjoy a lifetime of effective communication, strong leadership, and lasting personal relationships. Most people already have the groundwork to be a great public speaker. From Fear to Success maneuvers past your trepidations into a new world of self-assurance to build upon this foundation.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My approach is straightforward and offers a guides that can be put down and picked up at a pace that works for the reader. The book avoids lecturing on the topic of public-speaking. Instead , I share examples of how I’ve had to break out of my painfully shy and introverted shell if I wanted to make a differences professionally. What I found was that public-speaking opportunities were constantly in front of me and I needed to learn to do it well if I wanted to grow. I emphasize the following in the book:
1. Effective public speaking is more about confidence than communication skills.
2. Public speaking is more than a lectern, podium, or microphone; it is everywhere.
3. The ability to speak publicly is not as hard as you may imagine—the hardest part is taking the first action steps.
4. Public speaking is a learned skill that must continually be developed.
5. Your own success, both personal and professional, is directly related to your ability to communicate effectively.
I take the reader on a simplistic journey with easily digestible chapters that readers can instantly implement.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Be vulnerable enough to share your mistakes, thoughts, and opinions. There is an audience out there for you.
With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Tom runs his own business Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching as a speaker, author, trainer, and coach. Tom developed a series of management presentations into a speaking program called “Powerful Professional Transformation: Unleashing Leadership.” The speaking engagements turned into “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World”, a book detailing Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career. “Transformation” received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival. Tom has since written his second book “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide.”
Tom is currently the Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, Maine. Toastmasters International is a supportive learning environment of over 270,000 members worldwide looking to improve communication and leadership skills. As a founding member of the club, Tom has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Tom holds advanced communication and advanced leadership certifications with Toastmasters International, including his High Performance Leadership (HPL) certification. In November 2011, Tom was selected as the District 45 Toastmaster of Year, which represents over 100 clubs in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the three Eastern Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Tom has also exhibited consistent success when competing at the division (state level equivalent) and district level in Toastmasters speech contests which include humorous, inspirational, impromptu, and evaluation events. He was the Table Topics Impromptu 2012 District Champion. Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association and a member of the Camden (Maine) Lions Club.
Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I found in my research of public-speaking books, that they often were highly academic, meaning focusing on the inner workings of what might be going on in your head and body. The scientific terminology made it difficult for people who simply wanted to get straight to the solution and actions needed. I’ve even read books in this genre who mentioned taking medication to calm you down. Unfortunately, this solves the short-term issue, but does not teach people that the solution is possible with some preparation. The long-term solution actually leads to the enjoyment of public-speaking. Knowing the complaints that nobody has time for anything today, even their own development. I was inspired to write a book to get people over something that is referred to as being worse than death. My approach is very simple and lays out methods that speakers of all levels will be able to implement.