Dowd to teach public speaking course

Sep 29, 2019

Belfast — A professional development program, Public Speaking for Business and More, will be offered Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

Nonprofit leaders, business leaders, educators, municipal officials, members of the clergy and others interested in becoming a better, more effective speaker are invited to register.

Participants will learn how to relieve the stress associated with speaking publicly; become skilled in speaking with or without notes; think quickly, speak logically and engage an audience; and use the power of personalized storytelling to increase information retention.

Presenter Tom Dowd received a communications degree from the University of Delaware. He is a prize-winning speaker, and an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer and coach. As a member of Toastmasters International, Dowd exhibits consistent success in speech competitions and achieved Distinguished Toastmaster status in 2015. With 25-plus years of experience in the financial industry and customer service, he founded Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching LLC, through which he helps people find their own paths to success.

The cost of $150 per person includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, visit

For information or to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Michelle Patten, 338-8002 or



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