I read Shaking Behind the Microphone Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking for honest review from Tomoson. The book was written by Jill Ammon Vanderwood and published by Brighton's Mountain Books.
I wanted to review because I hate public speaking. I tried taking public speaking, when I was in college at 18. During the first speech, I was nervous and shaking. I withdrew from the class the next day.
Later, I took public speaking during my bachelor's at University of Phoenix. The first day, we had to do an impromptu speech based on a topic drawn from a hat. The topic, I chose, had to do with cats and dogs. My speech: I can't stand cats and I hate dogs. The end.
Even as a poet, people confuse me with a spoken word artist. Not all poets speak, some just write, like me :-).
The book ReviewThe book discusses one of my least favorite things to do: Speak in Public. As an introvert, I prefer to work behind the scenes. The book presents stories from people discussing how they overcame the fear of public speaking.
One of my favorite stories was called On auto pilot by Becky Blanton. Blanton has given a TED speech before, but refuses to watch her own video of her speech. She discussed how she could be making $5k per speech because of her TED speech, but haven't overcame her fear of public speaking. Her father, when younger, caused her embarrassment when she spoke to a group of people at 6 years old. The fear has carried over into her adult life.
At the end of each story, each author provides tips for success. Some tips included:
- Prepare in advance for public speaking opportunities. Know your material.
- Read aloud to someone, who is non-threatening.
- Drink water and eat at normal hours. You don't want to be dehydrated or pass out during the speech. '
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