For the third time in two months, Thomas Dowd’s independently published book “From Fear to Success:  A Practical Public-speaking Guide,” released in September 2012, is being honored. On June 10, the book was announced as receiving Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival in the Business category.  The award ceremony will take place Saturday, June 22, at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway hotel.

“Fear” recently received the Gold Medal in the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in the How-to category; and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Awards in the Business category.

Dowd’s book shares concise methods to overcome anxiety, relate to audiences, develop effective presentations, make messages count and stir emotion. The tips and techniques are easily digestible chapters that resonate with speakers of all levels. Building off the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills, this guide is intentionally written with a method to stand the test of time as opposed to the “flavor of the day” approach often seen in business books.

A 19-year resident of Camden with more than 23 years of experience in the financial and customer service industry in management and leadership roles, Dowd is currently 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 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 his own lessons learned in the workplace. “Transformation” won Honorable Mention in the Business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival.

In 2011, Dowd’s expertise as a speaker, author, trainer and coach led him to start his own business, Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching. As well as being a member of the National Speakers Association and Camden Lions, Dowd is an award-winning active member of Toastmasters International.

For more information, visit The books also are available via Amazon, including e-books, and Maine Authors Publishing. An audio book of “Fear to Success” is in the works with Maine Stream Media.

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