Shaking Behind the Microphone

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

by Jill Ammon Vanderwood

This book is an anthology with stories about the author and her struggles with public speaking, a story from a popular comedian, businessmen, a law student, and many more. There are also stories from experts and even some stories of non-traditional methods for overcoming fear.

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About Shaking Behind the Microphone

Do you suffer from the fear of public speaking? You are not alone. 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.

You will read about others who struggle with this common fear and those who had a choice to either learn public speaking or risk losing their job. Learn tips from experts; read about kids who learned public speaking at an early age, and stories from performers who tell others how to perform without fear. You will also acquire untraditional solutions for overcoming fear and anxiety.

Taking steps toward overcoming the fear of public speaking will put you on the road to living a better life.


Three out of every four people suffer from the fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia. That’s 75%. More people are afraid of public speaking than death, snakes, heights, or confined places. This fear wasn’t developed overnight and can’t be cured overnight. Information from

I have suffered from fear of public speaking for all of my youth and most of my adult life. When I was looking for a book dealing with the fear of public speaking, I couldn’t find a book that would outline this fear and show me how others were dealing with it.

I have compiled a book that combines my own story along with firsthand accounts from those who suffer, those who have overcome this fear and expert advice about dealing with this crippling phobia. This book is my gift to all those who suffer.

I have always felt that a person can accomplish anything, if they have a strong desire for change. On the other hand, if you are satisfied with your life the way it is, and don’t have the desire to change, then perhaps this book is not for you.

I wish the reader all the success in the world and hope that you will soar in the public speaking arena.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood

What People are Saying

For anyone who’s ever suffered when speaking in front of a group, Shaking Behind the Microphone is a must read. Turn speaking from a terror to a joy.

Barry Maher – professional speaker and author of Filling the Glass: The Skeptic’s Guide to Positive Thinking in Business

If you suffer from the fear of public speaking, you will find hope and encouragement in Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking.

Dan Nainan, professional comedian, performing for celebrities such as Presidents Obama and Donald Trump, and author of The Best Book on How to Become a Full-Time Stand-up Comedian

Shaking Behind the Microphone is a gift to every scaredy-cat speaker on the planet. Jill Vanderwood will hit a nerve with this book. Actually, it will calm the nerves of those who need it most!

Jan Fox, Emmy Award winning news anchor, founder of Fox Talks and author of Get Yourself on TV and What to Do When You Get There

The first time Jill Ammon Vanderwood stood up in front of our Toastmasters group, she was indeed very visibly shaking. Nervous is normal, but this was a pronounced case! Her quivering voice spoke volumes. But just as visible was Jill’s determination to move forward. She proceeded to show the rest of us what having a commitment to a purpose can achieve. Over time, Jill transformed right before our eyes.

In Shaking Behind the Microphone, Jill shares the rest of the story. What an inspiration!

LaMont Snarr, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) Owner of Chamber Services

It’s nice to read a book on Public Speaking that isn’t written by a Ph.D., [who] never had a problem with speaking in Public. I can relate to the situations each writer has [been] through and each one gives great advice on speaking in public. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to anyone in any field that has a fear of speaking in front of crowds.

Billy B.
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