‘Doubting Thomas’ honored at book fest

Dec 20, 2012

Boston — Camden author Thomas Dowd’s self-published book “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World,” released in September, received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival.

Dowd describes himself as a recovering cynic and his book details his 20-plus year journey in the professional environment. In the book, he shares stories about his professional inconsistency that often caused frustration and impacted his own opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Dowd details lessons learned in how to become self-aware, believe in oneself and start to take actions to make a difference in any organization that will simultaneously improve individual satisfaction levels and increase employee impacts on the business.

The book’s target audience of corporate leaders, stagnant or disengaged employees, prospective employees or simply people wanting to reach higher goals is reinforced with tips ranging from common mistakes made to techniques every leader should possess. With the current global economy on the brink of recovery, opportunities are abound and Dowd offers information that helps readers effectively and quickly adapt to the changing professional landscape while differentiating themselves from the masses. The goal for all readers is to build confidence and shape attitudes to become better people and enriched professionals.

Dowd has had multiple speaking engagements and book signings within the community recently. His next two engagements include his presentation Transformation Time with Transformation Tom followed by a book signing Sunday, Jan. 13 9 a.m. at the Gardiner Lions Club; and Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library.

An 18-year resident of Camden with more than 22 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Dowd currently is a senior vice president at one of the largest financial institutions in the United States. Several years ago, he developed a series of management presentations into a speaking program, which in turn led to his book. He has since written another book, this one on public speaking, titled “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide,” also published in September. He has his own business, Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching; is a member of the National Speakers Association; and is an award-winning active member of Toastmasters International, which selected him as the 2010-2011 District 45 Toastmaster of the Year.

Dowd’s books are available at transformationtom.com and Amazon; and e-books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), Smashwords, Kobo, Sony eBooks and iTunes.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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