Dowd shares his books, experience

Nov 16, 2012
Tom Dowd

Camden — Local author Tom Dowd will give a talk based on lessons learned from his new books, “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World” and “From Fear to Success,” Tuesday, Nov. 27 at p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Dowd is currently a senior vice president at Bank of America and runs his own business, Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching, as a speaker, author, trainer and coach. He 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,” a book detailing his own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career.

“From Fear to Success” is Dowd’s simultaneous new release. It is a guide designed to help readers overcome anxiety and relate to any audience on their journey to find their communication confidence. It shares concise methods to develop an effective presentation, make one’s message count and stir emotion.

During his first 20 years in a business environment, Dowd’s inconsistency often caused frustration and cynicism. He began to take actions to grow, like joining Toastmasters International. These decisions profoundly changed his direction, as successes continued to build on each other, and he learned that his satisfaction correlated with his confidence. He has taken his role as a constant learner, and then as a teacher, to another level with these newly published books.

Dowd is Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast. 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, Dowd has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Last year, he was selected as Toastmaster of Year for District 45, which represents more than 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.

“Your own ability to transform may be right in front of you … We have all been presented the gift of feedback and have come up against many milestones that may turn our lives in a different direction,” Dowd has said of his approach.

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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