#44 – How to Grow as a Writer by Working Outside Your Comfort Zone – with Tom Dowd


Have you ever wanted to write a book that was WAY outside your experience? Author quotes 2

Did you shy away from it?

Or did you embrace the challenge and hope for the best?

Last year, I interviewed Tom Dowd about his nonfiction writing. Today he’s back, and he is going to share with us a little about challenging himself to write a really unusual book. (We’ll get to that in a minute… but let me remind you about Tom…)

He is a prize-winning speaker, award-winning author, and trainer—all spurred by his need to be more than a painfully shy and introverted individual on a rollercoaster ride of success.

In 2010, Tom utilized his extensive financial and customer service industry background in management and leadership to start his own business, “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching” where he uses lessons learned on his climb up the corporate ladder to help people “Transform into who you really want to be professionally.”


His books include Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work,     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,      The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood, and most recently Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success.



  • How to cater to an unfamiliar target audience
  • How to write short and concise prose
  • How and why you should stretch yourself as a writer
  • What to do when there’s a narrow window for sales
  • How to rhyme business and leadership topics
  • How to figure out your ideal marketing schedule


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Tom’s website: TransformationTom.com

Facebook: Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching

Twitter: @TomDowd4

Tom’s editor: Jen Blood

Tom’s designer: Dan Yeager at NuPublications