February 13, 2014

Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking {Review & Giveaway}



Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Have you ever had to give a speech? Were you scared beyond belief? You are not the only one, in fact the fear of public speaking is fairly common. In the book, Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking, Jill Vanderwood shares her story of being terrified to speak in public. She now speaks to groups and teaches workshops without fear. This book, Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking is also the winner of the Mom’s Choice Award.

The phobia of public speaking, glossophobia affects about one in four people, 75%. That is a lot of people who have a fear of public speaking. In Vanderwood's comprehensive book you will not only read her story but the story of many others. From children to professional speakers you will learn their tips and methods. Included are also non traditional solutions for overcoming fear and anxiety. Jill believes that taking steps toward overcoming the fear of public speaking will put you on the road to living a better life.

Improvement in public speaking is not just for giving speeches. It can also help you gain confidence in speaking with colleagues and encourage professional development. I really enjoyed reading Shaking Behind The Microphone. The stories were relatable because they are the true stories of men and women just like you and me. Hearing the perspective of many gave me tips which I think will help me feel more comfortable and confident speaking in a group.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is nervous speaking in groups not to mention crowds. Perfect from the teenage speaker to the professional. This book guides you through the challenges and solutions of many of people in an easy to read format. There is even quite a bit of humor to ease the process. After reading this book I am passing it along to my husband who does quite a bit of public speaking for work. I really think this book will help him improve and refine his skills.


About the Author
Jill Ammon Vanderwood is an author and speaker from Utah. She is best known for her award winning, nonfiction books, What’s It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live and Drugs Make You Un-Smarter, co-authored with her teenage granddaughter, Savanna Peterson. 

Jill is an active fundraiser, taking on environmental and literacy causes. Along with her husband, who is a professional Santa Claus, she, as Mrs. Claus visits with hundreds of children during the Christmas season.


Buy It
Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking can be purchased online on Amazon for the list price of $12.99 (currently on sale for $10.99). There is also a kindle edition for $4.99.

Win It
One (1) lucky Savvy and Sassy reader is going to win their own copy of Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking. Winner will be selected using random.org and will be announced on February 21, 2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Contest open to people 18 years or older in the U.S.

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21 comments:

  1. Hello! Usually my public speaking ends in disaster, but with my job, it is unfortunately part of it. My voice gets shaky and I can't breath, and as I hear my voice start to sound shaky, it makes me even more nervous! Vicious cycle!

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  2. My most recent speaking event was teaching a class on Alzheimer's disease. I've been doing this for several years, but I could definitely still use a few tips on public speaking!

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  3. In my church we take turns speaking in church... last time (and every time) I was so nervous!

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  4. My son is so scared to take public speaking in college! I don't have a fear but my son is terrified!

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  5. I have not had one, because Im to scared. Im hoping this book would help.

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  6. I've grown to enjoy public speaking much more than I used to, but I still think this would be a very valuable resource to have and share with others who struggle!

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  7. I haven't had one yet - but I would like to teach a local class in my area.

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  8. I used to do Public speaking in high school, and in 4-H, now I just speak for any classes I have presentations in.

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  9. I spoke at a meeting of the PTA. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  10. i was somewhat nervous but it went pretty well.

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  11. I gave a speech at a local library about "different" things to do with kids that are fun easy and inexpensive!

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  12. I had to speak in front of a group at work....not my best day.

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  13. I have mild Anxiety, so speaking even to a small group of other ladies is difficult for me. And embarrassing. I start shaking and turning red, and in the worst cases, I start to stutter slightly. Ugh.

    Holly Storm-Burge

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  14. I had to speak in church and ask my congregation for volunteer service to our nursery. I also have to read the scriptureverses some weeks too.

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  15. My recent public speaking was at a staff meeting w/about30 people. I didn't really feel nervous, but my face got red while I was speaking. This always happens.

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  16. My most recent public speaking was in my Oral Communication class last semester. It was awful and I only had to do the speech on a webcam!

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  17. I had to take a speech class as part of my degree requirements in college.. this was a few years ago but man, that class was brutal

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  18. My daughter is in school and lately she has to do a lot of presentations> I hope the replaces what I did at my speaking because Im trying to win for my daughter

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  19. To train fellow employees on a specific subject.

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  20. I've had to give a lot of presentations while in college, and I often did things during the presentation that I knew would result in me losing points (such as avoiding eye contact and "reading" more than I probably should) but made the process bearable to me

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