Institution: Smith College School for Social Work
Certification Year: 1985
In practice since: 1985
Janet Esposito, MSW, is the president of In The SpotLight, LLC, a company devoted to helping people overcome fear of public speaking and performing. Janet writes and speaks from her own experience with this challenge and from more than a decade of helping others to master their fear. Her best selling book, In The SpotLight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing, and her CD, In The SpotLight: Guided Exercises to Create a Calm and Confident State of Mind, Body, and Spirit While Speaking or Performing, as well as her workshops and personal coaching, have helped thousands of people better manage their performance anxiety and achieve a level of comfort and confidence they never thought possible. Janet writes and speaks with a depth of understanding, compassion, and inspiration. She is a master guide on this journey as she deeply understands both the problem and the solution!
Janet also has a second book, Getting Over Stage Fright: A New Approach to Resolving Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing, which shares a holistic approach to this fear to help you create the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing you need to get beyond your speaking or performing fear.
Janet has been the group leader of the Getting Over StageFright Workshop, a powerful 2-day weekend workshop for nearly 2 decades. She has mentored her co-leader, , Marla Genova, for more than 5 years. Janet and Marla lead the group with compassion and first-hand knowledge, having suffered from this fear themselves for many years. Participants have consistently spoken of the workshop experience as both empowering and transformative, providing them with a strong foundation to move beyond the limitations of their fear.
Participants greatly benefit from the group support and camaraderie and from doing a variety of hands-on exercises to help them apply what they are learning. The workshop has been designed to be a safe and supportive group environment in which people can work together to move beyond their speaking or performing anxiety. There are typically 8-12 people in each class and there is much sensitivity and respect for each person, no matter what level of fear participants are coming in with. Participants are never forced or pressured to do all of the speaking or performing exercises, although they are supported and encouraged to do the most they are capable of doing.
The workshop is distinct from other programs on public speaking in that its exclusive focus is on addressing the fear associated with speaking up rather than on teaching presentation skills. People with performance anxiety in other areas, such as singers, musicians, and athletes, have also found the workshop extremely helpful in reducing their fear of performing. People who have more general social anxiety or discomfort have likewise found the workshop very useful in helping them get beyond the limitations of their fear.
All workshops are held in Connecticut from 9 am - 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please visit http://www.PerformanceAnxiety.com for more information.