Toastmasters International Speech Contest Prep /Public Speaking Discussion

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Tom Dowd, AKA Transformation Tom, practices a competitive Toastmasters speech and breaks down some of public speaking’s critical factors.

The follow-up discussion with (a very quiet) Thomas College Public Speaking class (Spring Semester 2016) includes points around content, voice inflection, gestures, and stage usage. In addition, Tom discusses the differences between selfish and selfless speaking, , and the impact Toastmasters had on his life and career.

With over 20 years of management, leadership, and customer service experience in the financial industry, Tom currently runs his own business “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching, LLC” where he is a speaker, trainer, author, and coach. Company mantra: “Transform into who you really want to be professionally.”

He was the 2010-2011 District 45 Toastmaster of the Year, two-time District 45 impromptu speech champion (2012, 2013), and is the author of six books: “Now What: The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success,” “Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job”, “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World”, “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”, “Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance” , and “The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood”. Available in softcover and audiobook (“Fear” only) on and (softcover, audiobook and eBook).

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