174 – Tom Dowd: Award Winning Speaker, Author, & Coach

CCIMG_7696-cropped-8x10-for-web-240x300Tom Dowd, AKA Transformation Tom™, is a loving father of three beautiful daughters and a devoted husband from a small town in Maine.  He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication. Tom is a prize-winning speaker, an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer, coach, and radio host—all spurred by his need to be more than a painfully shy and introverted individual on a rollercoaster ride of success.

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Tom is an active member in Toastmasters International, a group of 300,000 members worldwide looking to develop communication and leadership skills.  Tom joined in 2008 thinking it was just a way to boost his résumé.  It became a wonderful downhill spiral of failure.  Whether it was a speech contest or a publisher’s rejection, Toastmasters pushed him beyond his comfort zone to find self-awareness, belief that he could make a difference and the motivation to take smarter steps toward success both personally and professionally.  What Tom found was a boost in confidence that changed the path of his life and career.  In 2010-2011, he was awarded the District 45 Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year representing over 100 clubs in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the three eastern most provinces of Canada. Now exhibiting consistent speech contest success, Tom is the two-time Table Topics District 45 champion for 2012 and 2013.  Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation.

With over 24 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles at the same organization and a plethora of inconsistency on this professional journey, Tom received the call nobody wanted:  “We’re downsizing.”  After unexpectedly losing his full-time job, Tom landed in a better place in just 59 days using methods from his coaching and training.   He is now a VP at one of the larger financial institutions in North America.  In 2011, he started his own side business “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching” where he continues to use the lessons learned on his climb up the corporate ladder to help people creatively find ways to differentiate themselves in the workplace and to find their own individual paths toward success. The mantra is “Transform into who you really want to be.”  Tom is the award-winning author of two books. “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World,” details Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career, which received Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival.  “From Fear to Success: a Practical Public Speaking Guide” won the Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards in the Business Reference Category. Both are available in book and eBook versions, while “Fear” is also available as an audiobook.  His most recent book, derived from the unemployed stint, “Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job” was published by Motivational Press in March 2014 and received Honorable Mention at the 2014 Paris and New York Book Festivals.  In September, Tom will begin hosting the “Transformation Time with Transformation Tom” live radio program on the Intertainment Network: Talk4Media (W4CY Radio)- distribution to iTunes, iHeart Radio, and Live 365.

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173 – Larry Agresto: Founder of “Single Dads With Heart”

AgrestoOn May 20, 1995, Larry Agresto became a single father literally overnight. His wife Jody, mother of his two daughters Lauren age 11 and Julia age seven, was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and pronounced dead on Saturday morning. She had not been ill, so this turn of events was both a shock and tragedy for Larry and his daughters.

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Although he wasn’t aware of this at the time, Jody was and her last spoken words to him were “take good care of my girls.”  Larry made a promise and as a result, he committed himself to being the best single father he could be and he made raising his girls a priority in his life.  From 1987 to 2002, he has also coached over three hundred (300) student athletes in town and travel league basketball and softball.

He attempted to start Single Dads with Heart about a year after Jody died but between his role as a single father and his career in corporate America, he had to abandon his dream and project until now.

His two daughters are thriving young women today and went on to attend college, Lauren at the University of Connecticut, where she received a BS in Biology and Julia at the University of New Hampshire, where she received a BA in Journalism and English.

Single Dads with Heart was developed to provide support, guidance and inspiration for single fathers. Through Single Dads with Heart, Larry is committed to making a difference in the world, one child at a time.

Single Dads with Heart takes you on a heartfelt journey and learning experience about how Larry made a difference in the lives of his two daughters, so that you as a single father can learn how to develop similar results with your children.

Larry and his daughters Lauren (Left) and Julia (Right) in 2007, celebrating Larry’s 55th birthday.

Single Dads with Heart is not about single dads managing their career or getting back out into the world of dating. It’s about thebook-lrg day-to-day emotional challenges that a single father experiences in raising his children.

Single Dads with Heart walks you through the key emotional and behavioral attributes that a single father needs to focus on and learn to master allowing him to guide his children to “be the best.”

Each chapter discusses uses personal experience, examples and exercises to demonstrate how we as single fathers can learn to become not only loving single parents but the mentors and role models we need to be for our children.

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172 – David Frood: Founder & Developer of “The Thinking Corporation”

David FroodThe Thinking Corporation corporate innovation program was developed by David Frood. David worked for sixteen years as a consultant to medium and large businesses, initially with an international sales consulting firm, then freelance. Client organizations include Hewlett Packard, Qantas, Diageo, Reckitt Benckiser, Cerebos Foods, CommSec and Daikin Air-conditioning. He became a specialist in implementing new sales/marketing process, change management and people development from sales people to senior managers.

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This experience formed the basis for The Thinking Corporation book after observing many highly skilled and knowledgeable people who were frustrated by the boundaries and structure of their employer organizations. Employees would rarely tell their employers about ideas for new products, services or markets or simply to improve existing processes. It became clear that there is a much better way to manage both people and organizations through designing a company that is capable of harnessing the talent from within the ranks.

Following the book being published in 2008, the contents were then molded into a corporate change program that provides the framework for organizations to thrive through engaging the talents of the entire workforce. It is important that all of us make a start to securing the future of our corporations and provide security and prosperity for employees.

Click here to learn more about his one-day “Enabling Corporate Innovation” workshops.

Click here to complete the on-line TTC culture survey tool.

Connect with David on Twitter!

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171 – James Maioho: Business Mentor, Author of “Winners Give Up”

James MaiohoJames Maioho is a Business Mentor, Consultant, Coach and Author who resides in West Michigan.

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A full time, Single Father of two girls, James is heavily involved in the local community, State Politics, Mentoring and volunteering for regional Minority Contractors and businesses as well as various charities.

His is a story of overcoming financial ruin, personal tragedies and a ruinous lifestyle.

From international speaking engagements and coaching clients, to creating thought provoking quotes and developing a welcoming social media community, James is transforming lives everyday.

It is often said that the best teachers are those who have experienced what they teach, and James shares wisdom from personal experience.

James was born again when he lost practically everything that he had worked so hard to build over a 20 year period. In a short period of time, it was all gone. It was during the season of his life where he was rebuilding that he experienced tremendous transformation.

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170 – Thom Rainer: President & CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

Rainer-web-300x300Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.

Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively. The Rainers have six grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, and Bren.

He is the author of twenty-four books, including Breakout ChurchesSimple LifeSimple ChurchRaising DadThe Millennials, and Essential Church. His recent book, I Am a Church Memberwas #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months and Autopsy of a Deceased Church was just released in May 2014 by B&H Publishing Group.

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169 – Dani Shapiro: Best Selling Author of “Devotion” & “Slow Motion”

dani-shapiroDani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History.

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Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.ep426-own-sss-dani-shapiro-3-318x408-233x300

Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday,” and was chosen by Arianna Huffington to speak at the New York City “Thrive” conference.

She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

A contributing editor at Travel + Leisure, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Her latest book is, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

In this interview we primarily discuss her book Devotion and how we as leaders and human beings can successfully deal with fear, uncertainty, and the inevitable loss that all of us experience.

For Dani it’s all about taking action; it’s not about thinking, or wishing, or contemplating.  It’s not about staring into space and succumbing to dismay.  Doing is what is necessary; action has magic, grace, & power.

I couldn’t agree with her more; this is a very powerful and insightful conversation with one of the great modern day writers.  I hope you take a listen.

Check out Dani’s Website: danishapiro.com

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168 – Michael O’Neal: Founder & Host of “The Solopreneur Hour”

headshotMichael O’Neal is the host of the Solopreneur Hour podcast; a podcast where the aim is to show the other unemployable people of the mza_8970112091659590026.170x170-75world the correct path to business success on their own terms.

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In this Dose of Leadership episode Michael shares his Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at his journey to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.

His current mission is to support and educate Solopreneurs, including those in Internet Marketing, Network Marketing, Real Estate, Athletics and more.  You can learn more about his unique mastermind community SoloLab.

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167 – Paul Colaianni: Host of The Overwhelmed Brain Podcast, Personal Development Coach, Emotional Core Strength Training

theoverwhelmedbrainPaulColaianniPaul Colaianni is the Founder & Host of The Overwhelmed Brain blog and podcast is a personal growth portal designed for critical thinkers.  As Paul puts it: “put away your crystals, throw your affirmations in the junk drawer, and start believing it’s OK not to think positively all the time.”

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Paul believes life is an ever-changing journey filled with thoughts, emotions, and an unending series of unpredictable behaviors. Paul gives you specific, purposeful steps to help improve your life, and none of the same old, rehashed personal growth teachings you may be used to.

If psychics help you become fulfilled, then keep using psychics. If energy healing cures your ailments, then keep using energy healing.

Paul believes that you should “Always do what works for you, and not necessarily what you’re told to do.” But do it armed with knowledge.

“Critical thinking” is about questioning your own beliefs. When you question what you believe in, you either reinforce what you know to be true, or find out the truth – causing you to make better decisions for yourself. Either way, you win!  You will improve regardless of the outcome.

And when you combine critical thinking with personal growth, you not only learn and grow faster, you understand how to repeat the process, and teach it to others. Learning about human behavior in general is a fascinating, life-long process. But learning how to repeat successful behavior is a recipe for happiness.

So, whether you are curious about the complexities of relationships, mystified by the unpredictability of human behavior, want to know more about mindsets and emotional states, or just want some plain old-fashioned personal growth advice without all the fluff, Paul has it all here at his website.

Paul invites guests on his show The Overwhelmed Brain to talk about what they know on how to improve our lives. From human behavior to communication. From work and relationships to stress and health. There’s always an interesting episode to listen to. When my guests aren’t sharing advice, they’re sharing stories and communication. From work mza_1797158168572483353.170x170-75and relationships to stress and health. There’s always an interesting episode to listen to.

Reach Out!

If you are at all overwhelmed with tasks, stressed by events or people, frustrated with anything, or simply can’t make sound decisions without anxiety, send Paul a message! Go to his Contact page to send an email or voice mail.

Also, subscribe to his newsletterGet personal growth tips, and updates to upcoming podcasts and articles.

And Finally, listen to his show!

 

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166 – Timothy Lawson: Marine Security Guard, Podcast Host, Veteran Suicide Awareness Advocate

yIavPsVD_400x400Timothy Lawson served five years in the United States Marine Corps, spending the majority of his career as a Marine Security Guard protecting U.S. embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.

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Since leaving the Marine Corps, Tim has pursued a degree in broadcast journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.
Tim is the Founder and CEO of Lawson Entertainment and hosts three weekly  podcasts – the Capital Experience, Tim and Brandon’s Bromantic Comedy, and the Veteran Empire Podcast. The last of these was nominated for a 2013 Podcast Award in the Culture and Arts category.

1, 2, Many Podcast

1,2, Many Logo-250x250Tim  was inspired to start the 1, 2, Many Project after seeing media coverage of the epidemic of veteran suicide concentrate on the statistics rather than the human beings caught inside the crisis. As a veteran and a survivor of suicidal behavior, Tim wanted to change the conversation to engage the broader community in proactive solutions. The overarching conclusion from his interviews with survivors, friends and family who have lost loved ones to suicide, and medical professionals is that through empathy, mentorship, and repurposing, we can help each other.

In addition to the podcast series, Tim shares what he’s learned through these conversations by speaking at conferences, conventions, and special events.

 

Veteran Empire Podcast

Veteran Empire-360x330The Veteran Empire Podcast portrays military veterans in a new vibrant, positive light. A large part of their focus is to promote creative veterans trying to make a name for themselves in the world.

They build awareness by harnessing their vast social networks to build a lifestyle brand championing the VE movement. VE is simultaneously a community where geographically separated veterans and veteran-supporters can once again socialize online to continue and strengthen the camaraderie they’ve built from serving together.

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165 – Dr. John Kotter: Harvard Professor, Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author

JohnKotter2Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, Dr. John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and Harvard Professor. His ideas and books, as well as his company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

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Professor Kotter’s MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life-long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship—the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review (HBR) have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article “Accelerate!” won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world’s most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life-changing by his students.

Kotter has authored 18 books to date—twelve of them bestsellers. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions. Arguably his most popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting, was released in 2006. This New York Times bestseller helped launch to a large audience the 8-step philosophy behind Kotter International. Written as an allegory, it is a simple, yet unforgettable story about a group of penguins on a melting iceberg and the changes they undertake to survive and thrive amidst an unclear future. This story connects with a broad range of people needed to effect major organizational transformations in an easily understood, clear way. Kotter International aims to do the same. Other widely read books include A Sense of Urgency, The Heart of Changeand Leading Changewhich Time magazine selected in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written. Professor Kotter is currently working on writing his 19th book.

To supplement his books and expand on his ideas, Kotter has released several videos on his teachings, most of which are accessible to anyone interested in his work via YouTube. His “Succeeding in a Changing World” video was awarded Best Video Training Product of the Year by Training Media Review and also won a Telly Award. His YouTube videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands and continue to be a helpful tool for anyone from students to high-level executives in the business world.

Kotter’s research and pursuits in education, business, and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of “millions leading, billions benefiting.”

Kotter is a proud father of two and resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife Nancy Dearman.

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164 – Jared Easley: Host of “Starve the Doubts”; Co-Founder of “Podcast Movement”

JaredEasleyForSteveStewartJared Easley is a self-described “everyday guy” who is passionate about connecting with others, communicating, leveraging new media & cultivating a community of like-minded citizens.

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He is happily married to his amazing wife Rachel & they have a beautiful daughter. Jared is based in South Florida.

You can listen to his inspiring podcast at Starve the Doubts where he interviews individuals who have starved the doubts, moved into self confidence & are making their dreams, business & passion a reality!

Podcast Movement 2014

PodcastMovIn August 2014, hundreds of past, present, and future podcasters will converge on the Westin Galleria Dallas for two packed days and nights at the first ever Podcast Movement. We want you there. Podcast Movement 2014 will be THE gathering for anyone interested in podcasting. You can expect to find a place where not only will you leave motivated and inspired, you’ll leave a BETTER PODCASTER.

What can you expect?

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in their choice of over 40 breakout sessions, which will include sessions that are a part of our Beginning Podcaster Track, Advanced Podcaster Track, and our one of a kind all-star panels.

And we’d be remiss to not talk about our keynote speakers who will take center stage to kick off and close out each day. These hand selected guests will bring unique and interesting takes on the typical podcasting model, and help show you what it takes to set yourself apart from everyone else’s noise.

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163 – Tom Henschel: Founder of Essential Communications; Host of “The Look & Sound of Leadership”

Henschel-headshot-200x300Tom Henschel grooms senior leaders and executive teams.  An internationally recognized expert in the field of workplace communications and self-presentation, he has helped hundreds of executives achieve The Look & Sound of Leadership.

His expertise as a communications coach has taken him into executive offices at companies such as Amgen, BP Indonesia, CitiGroup, Ernst & Young, Lockheed Martin, Symantec, and Toyota.

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His expertise in group dynamics has taken him into the board rooms of companies such as DTS, John Laing Homes, Manhattan Associates, and Warner Bros.

Tom also delivers training in the areas of presentation, communication, influence and facilitation skills at companies such as Nissan, Taco Bell, Transamerica and NBC/Universal.

Originally trained as a classical actor, Tom received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School, Drama Division. Before founding Essential Communications, he was a professional actor for more than twenty years appearing in over 100 plays, films and episodes of television. On the other side of the footlights stage productions under his direction garnered thirteen theater critics’ awards, including five for him personally as Best Director.

Tom is Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society of Training and Development. He lives in Studio City where he is dad to Samantha and Julia.

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An ongoing series of Executive Coaching Tips designed to help you be perceived in the workplace the way you want to be perceived.

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