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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: In The SpotLight, LLC; First edition (October 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974296627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974296623
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Fear of public speaking has been an enormous thorn in my side my entire adult life. Even when I haven't had to directly confront it for long stretches of time, thanks to my genius for avoidance behavior, it's always nagged at the back of my mind. I always knew I was basically well-adjusted, give or take a quirk or two, but, because of this seemingly insurmountable interior obstacle, this hidden limitation I told myself I couldn't get over, a small part of me clung to the idea that there might be something seriously wrong with me. If I gave a public presentation, I reasoned, the secret would be out; the world would know once and for all that I was "certifiable." Rejection, alienation and who knew what other horrible social tortures would befall me?
Then I read Janet Esposito's book and attended one of her weekend workshops.
My experience of the workshop: It was like being wheeled in wearing a body cast Saturday morning and walking out on my own two feet, with only a slight limp, Sunday evening.
As for this book: I've read a fair number of books on social phobia, shyness and so on, and Esposito's is, in my opinion, far and away the best of the bunch. Not only is it the only one that nails the bullseye on this specific fear, but it's also a joy to read - conversational, yet authoritative; concise, yet comprehensive.
If you feel like you're going to die at the very thought of public speaking or performing, get this book, go to the workshop [URL] and choose a new way to live instead.
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The best advice I have for you if you want to overcome your fear of public speaking is to read Janet's book, attended her Level I weekend class and follow-through on your action plan that you develop in class. Your anxiety will definitely go WAY down.
Prior to doing that I had read many books and visited many websites. I even enrolled in Toastmasters and had performance coaching. I had only a small reduction in anxiety over the 18 months prior to going through Janet's class.
Why is she so effective? First, she's been there. You can totally relate to her as she describes her experiences. Second, Janet resolved to overcome her problem and tried many different approaches to do so. Her book and class focus on the most effective methods that attack the problem from several directions. Third, you confront your fear in a very supportive environment with others that are in the same boat. The impact of sharing this struggle openly and supporting others is very powerful. Finally, Janet is a inspiration and a great coach. She is totally committed to her mission of helping others get the fear of public speaking behind them.
I highly recommend her book and he class. You can get more info at performanceanxiety.com. Good luck. You can do it.
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To start off with, this book is for people who avoid public speaking situations (presentations/performances/not speaking up during meetings/keeping yourself back from voicing your opinion/avoiding presentations at Uni/avioding subjects that involve public speaking/afraid of promotion at work due to increased public speaking situations etc...). This book is for people who have a phobia of speaking in front of others and want to understand how they can accept, deal with, and conquer this fear (that is shared by LOADS of people worldwide).
If you are one of the above, I recommend this book 110%. I read this book, took notes while I was reading, and did all her Action Steps.
Janet hits the nail on the head and will give you that inner confidence that you need to speak up and voice your opinion whether its at work, Uni, or in your everyday life!
***** - 5 stars
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By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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I can honestly say that I was extremely fearful of public speaking. I'm a college student and I gave a speech and was extremely uncomfortable while doing it, experiencing almost an out of body like sensation which made me very nervous. I had to deliver another speech and was searching for a solution to my problem and came across this on Amazon and decided to give it a shot. I read this book in little under a week, and was prepared to give my speech with excitement and no longer anxiety. The only drawbacks to this book is that alot of the exercises I didn't do because they rely on other people to assist you and I was very embarassed by this fear and didn't want anyone to know it. Also, it has many self promotions to her seminar throughout the book. But, some of the excercises and techniques this book has to offer really do work and greatly reduce the fear. Heck, it also motivated me to give up caffeine.
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I agree with the many raves posted. In my opinion, this book is, hands-down, the most practical and helpful when it comes to actively overcoming a fear of public speaking--and I have read them all! I did take Janet's workshop, but I found the book very helpful even before taking her class. Anyone trying to overcome any of life's obstacles knows that there is no "magic pill"; Janet's strategy is no exception to that rule. But there are definitely shortcuts, and modeling yourself on people who have overcome a similar problem not only makes the process faster, but also gives the comfort of knowing that you're not alone--there are MANY otherwise competent and stable individuals who suffer from performance anxiety.
If you suffer from performance anxiety, do yourself a big favor and read this book. Go the next step and visit Janet's web site at [...] And if you really want to overcome your fear, take her workshop. It changed my life.
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