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In The SpotLight, Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing Paperback – October 14, 2005
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In The SpotLight is a real gift to people experiencing any degree of fear or discomfort in speaking or performing in front of others, either in formal or informal settings. Janet Esposito demonstrates sensitivity, wisdom, and passion in guiding her readers on a path to overcoming their fears and discovering a new-found freedom and power in self-expression. Her enthusiasm for her topic makes for easy and lively reading. You will want to read In The SpotLight if you have any anxiousness in speaking or performing in front of others! -- Sharon McQuaide, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
In The SpotLight should become a handbook for people in the performing arts as well as those who are interested in succeeding in other occupations. Its exercises are a guide to developing communication skills that are essential to all relationships, both professional and personal. Janet Esposito has done a tremendous service to those whose potential has been limited by their social anxieties. -- Cathy Lipper, M.S.W., D.C.S.W., Adjunct Professor, Western Connecticut State University
Self-Expression is the most basic of human needs. Some of us, however, become paralyzed by anxiety and fears and are unable to communicate or perform effectively in public settings. Janet Esposito's book can help readers transform their previous negative experiences into golden new opportunities in sharing themselves through self-expression. A must read for anyone who fears public speaking and performing! --Dr. David N. Greenfield, Author of "Virtual Addiction: Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them", CEO, The Center for Internet Studies, President, The Connecticut Psychological Association
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I have helped thousands of clients who have a fear of public speaking or performing for almost 20 years through my books, CD, coaching and workshop. I hope you will read my books as I am sure they will be helpful to you if you have this fear. I also invite you to visit my web site at performanceanxiety.com. I welcome hearing from you if you would like my help through coaching and/or attending my Getting Over Stage Fright workshop. I hope to have the opportunity to help you make progress in learning a much better way to approach this challenge so it is no longer feels like a burden or obstacle in your life.
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I had a kidney transplant in December of 2012 and was asked to give a speech about my experience. I knew about this months before the event, yet I was terrified the moment I was asked to do this. I was not going to turn down this opportunity to impact other lives, so I began searching for a book to help me overcome this fear. I found that many books focused on the fundamentals of speech writing and delivery but did little to get at the root of this social anxiety. That is when I found Janet's book. I read the book twice and completed all the reflection activities. I also gave several practice speeches to smaller audiences which helped greatly. I worked hard to change my attitude from fear to excitement. I spoke positively about my opportunity and visualized success.
By the time the event arrived, I had several resources I could access to help me feel at ease. I gave my speech to 250 people and felt great success! I was calm and was able to deliver an important message about kidney disease and organ donation! I am so happy I bought Janet's book. It really helped me to overcome my fear of public speaking. Now I feel the door is open for me to take on other speaking opportunities. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to conquer their fear of public speaking.
If you need more immediate help (i.e., if you don't think you have time to read this book), I recommend reaching out to Janet to speak with her. She is incredibly comforting and you can accomplish a lot through a conversation. If you really want jumpstart your improvement, I highly recommend attending one of her workshops. These sessions draw a crowd from all over the world - she's THAT good.
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