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Jill Vanderwood: Facing the Fear of Public Speaking

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Jill Vanderwood, the author of Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking, will share the 10 point plan she uses herself to help make public speaking experiences more manageable.

It wasn't until Jill Vanderwood became an author that she needed to overcome her fear of public speaking. She was asked to visit classrooms and give speeches to children, as well as teach workshops for other writers. She was terrified in front of audiences but told herself to never say "no" to a speech.

First she would accept the speaking assignment and then figure out how she was going to do it. This lead her to Toastmasters.

The final "leap" she made was to go skydiving. Now she tells herself, "I'm not afraid of these people. I went skydiving from 12,000 feet!"

You will learn ten points to make your public speaking experience more manageable, plus stories from others who were faced with the prospect of losing their jobs if they didn't learn to speak in public.

Biography: Jill Vanderwood is a published author of six books who also teaches workshops to other writers.  She speaks to groups about overcoming the fear of public speaking.  She has been interviewed on radio, television, and newspaper media.  Trained through Toastmasters, she has to overcome her own public speaking fear which held her back for most of her life.