2018 Testimonials For the Getting Over StageFright Workshops

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“I feel so fortunate that you and Janet connected, so that the workshop can continue on.  I never would have guessed it was your first
time running it solo – everything seemed well thought out and ran smoothly. All of the group’s positive energy is motivating and giving me hope.

It was extremely cathartic to hear other people struggling with the same issues and anxiety as I feel like I now have a network of people I can talk to when I’m feeling stressed. The course was fantastic. It was hard to show up, but I’m so glad I did. Learning ways to calm myself down and being able to try and apply them was very helpful. It’s one thing to read about it in a book, but so much more powerful to be able to use it in real time. I wish we had one more day together. I may even take this class again.”    ~ Cindy W.

 “I am still somewhat awed on what you pulled off this weekend.  I seriously would never have imagined that I could speak, without choking, to a group of people.

Thanks again for your leadership and guidance this past weekend! It is hard to express how much I benefited from the workshop.  I really appreciated your words of wisdom and encouragement! I think the entire group came away from the weekend with encouragement for the future and a great mental and psychological attitude.

I would absolutely recommend the workshop for anyone who needs help with handling public speaking anxiety, but what put it over the top was my unbelievable fortune of having such an awesome group of people to offer support and spend the weekend with.  This weekend was truly special and I appreciate all of your help and support.  Marla’s leadership, Casee’s inspiration and everyone’s enthusiasm was great. 

The most important thing I gained from the workshop was first hearing that there was a way to move past the symptoms caused by the anxiety of public speaking. That knowledge was verified by learning methods for handling the anxiety and putting those methods into practice to demonstrate their effectiveness. Apparently, this was Marla’s first time running the workshop by herself, but you couldn’t tell and I really appreciated her feedback, attitude and knowledge.

Spending time with a group of people who suffer from the same type of anxiety was awesome. Hearing their stories and watching them perform was inspiring. The methods and principles learned were excellent as was Marla!”    ~ Frank B.

“Thank you, Marla and all of you for allowing me the opportunity to be vulnerable, feel the feelings,and instill more confidence in my ability to speak in front of others. You are all brave, wonderful souls and I admire each of you more than words can express. 

Some excellent seeds have been planted and I will do my best to make the most of each day and use the tools from our experience with one another rather than cast them aside. Please know I’m grateful to each of you. Your strength, honesty, and wisdom are treasures that I will keep in my mind’s eye and heart. 

I know that I’m not alone. I am learning to accept myself and not reside in conflict. You will not regret the growth you will experience after going through this workshop. Remember, you are safe.”      ~ Alex S.

 “I gained the confidence that I needed to begin this battle against stage fright. I was able to show myself that I can do things that previously I was afraid of. The tools I learned this weekend can help me the rest of my life. I am very thankful.”     ~ Steve L.

“Attending this workshop is one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. There is something incredibly comforting and healing about meeting other people who are coping with the same issue. It was a powerful experience and I learned a lot and I look forward to applying these strategies in my everyday life.

What a weekend this was! I returned home full of energy. I’m so happy that I went and met each one of you.”    ~ Amanda T.

“I gained a support system/network and a place to finally share my secret. It was a safe environment to talk and practice. I also learned new coping techniques. The most interesting and useful part of the workshop were the kindred spirits, the support network, learning from peers, and exposures to public speaking.”    ~ Tim S.

 “It was good to be asked to step out of my comfort zone because we cannot grow and improve unless we do so. It was such a kind and encouraging atmosphere in which to stretch my abilities.”    ~ Melanie N.

“I gained the ability to lessen my fear before and during speaking. I grew as a result of being put outside my comfort zone. The group dynamic is great and supportive. It was great not only to practice the exercises, but to talk about it with others as well. It was definitely a powerful and inspiring weekend! It was great to connect and grow with everyone. I miss the group dynamic that we had and the open-minded positivitiy we shared. Marla, thank you for your wisdom and guidance throughout our time there. Casee, thank you for sharing your uplifiting story. ~ Kevin B.

April 2018 Testimonials

“I encourage anyone struggling with this fear to attend the workshop because it is the best support system for this fear, even if people are at different levels than you, you get amazing results. I will be forever grateful for the support I received from Marla.”   ~D.P.

“Fully immersive experience, it’s the only effective way to pass through the fear and anxiety. Great job Marla! You are very patient and compassionate.”   ~Rob S.

“The workshop exceeded my expectations and I grew more and more comfortable as it went on. It is a tremendous opportunity to bond with others just like you and become comfortable speaking in front of a room.”   ~C.A.

“It works! It’s very eye opening and rewarding. It’s simple and effective. Give a person the foundation to take with them and continue to build upon.”   ~C.B.

 “It was a safe and supportive environment to take the first practical step of pushing through my fear. This is the most effective first step of working through the fear of public speaking.”  ~Mark F. 

“By exposing myself doing the exercises, it helped me to not be so terrified of being in front of others. The exercises have built a strong foundation to overcoming the phobia of public speaking.”  ~P.T.

“The workshop reinforced my confidence as a public speaker. It was humbling to be in a room of people facing similar challenges and very moving to see everyone’s improvements.”  ~D.F.

“I learned a lot from the group interaction and support and achieved results from practicing with the group.”  ~R.T.

“Great practice. It reminded me of when I learned how to swim and had to get in on the shallow end of the pool before diving right in. This workshop is like the shallow end of the pool for my fear of public speaking.”  ~J.J.

June 2018 Testimonials

“Marla was a fantastic workshop leader. I learned a lot from her. I was very impressed with the personalized attention and support she gave to each of us individually. 

I gained something that has eluded me so far – that I can trust myself, and that I can speak in public. I can see for the first time that I can overcome and manage the fear.”  ~Brian H.

“Marla did a remarkable job on many levels, giving outstanding support to all of us and handled different personalities and issues with great ease. I think she should consider sharing her gift by writing a book. 

I learned that I am not alone and that my struggles are shared by many other people. I gained some very important tools and built on my desire to change how anxiety holds me back. I am becoming more and more aware of how wide-spread this issue is, especially in my own colleagues. I think that many of my friends would benefit greatly from this experience.”  ~Rich H.

“I think the workshop was great and Marla helped me feel at ease. All participants were extremely committed and helpful. I learned that we do not need to aim for perfection, to focus on the audience and techniques, and how to manage anticipatory anxiety better.”  ~A.V.

“I gained so much beneficial experience. I learned new ways to think about anxiety (body, mind and spirit) to help me in my journey. I love this workshop and highly recommend it. I also thought the class size was perfect.”  ~Linda S. 

“It was an amazing and truly perspective-shifting experience, hearing inspiring stories from other individuals, and a great opportunity to apply what I learned from Janet’s books. I took away enormous value from the workshop and am extremely grateful.”  ~M.H.

“The group was very supportive and comforting. I felt like it was a “safe zone” to help me confront my fears. The tools provided in the workshop were great.”  ~Don C. 

“Awesome experience. Perfect place to address the fear of public speaking in a safe and manageable way.”  ~K.P.

“The exercises helped me renew my confidence in my ability to once again do what I have done many times before.”  ~R.W.

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2017 Testimonials For the Getting Over StageFright Workshops

“I am so pleased to have recently attended the “In the Spotlight” workshop led by Marla Genova. It was an amazing and life changing experience. I left the workshop feeling more grounded and self-assured than ever, with an arsenal of tools at my disposal to manage my anxiety related to public speaking. Marla is a compassionate, patient and talented leader. She created a supportive and safe environment which put everyone at ease immediately and made for a very open and productive weekend. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who experiences anxiety with public speaking or being in the spotlight.” ~ Liz M.  

“Thanks so much for the wonderful experience you provided this past weekend at the “In The Spotlight” workshop. I will say that Janet has found a gem in you. You were a fantastic facilitator. Your feedback was insightful and motivating. What I discovered about the workshop is that you get out what you put into it. You were able to gently guide us to the best way to implement all the tools laid out in Janet’s books. The workshop is a one-of-a-kind experience and the fact that you have been involved in the workshop for years makes the transition over to you an easy one. I would recommend this workshop for anyone experiencing the anxiety that can be associated with public speaking. Thanks again for leading a great workshop.” ~ Monica K.

“The Getting Over Stage Fright workshop was nothing short of transformational and this was largely due to the compassion and encouragement that Marla brought to every aspect of the course. Having been a past course participant herself, Marla could relate to many of our concerns and suggest critical insights to overcoming them. She is a testament to the truly transformative power of the workshop. Thank you, Marla, for being such an inspiring coach and mentor!” ~ Sally W.

“Marla is an excellent leader and facilitator of the workshop. Within a short time she was able to create an environment where everyone in our group felt comfortable enough to express ourselves and work through our challenges. When I signed up, it felt like a big step to commit to the workshop, but Marla made it an experience I am so glad I attended. I made great progress in my speaking and comfort being in front of a group, and I know I’ll be feeling the benefits for a long time to come.” ~ Bob P. 

“I’d like to start out by saying a heartfelt thank you to both Janet and Marla. I’ve had anxiety about speaking and presenting in front of groups for most of my life. A recent promotion magnified this problem and I knew it was time to do something about it. 

I reached out to Marla and explained my story. She wrote back to me and gave me hope and a direction to help me work on my anxiety. I signed up for the next available seminar and made a decision that I wasn’t going to let this continue to be an issue for me. 

Marla was very knowledgeable, compassionate and helpful throughout the seminar. It shows that she has dedicated herself to helping people that are dealing with this type of anxiety and fear. She has shared her own personal story of overcoming this fear which gave me hope. And she has obviously spent time working with Janet to take the reins and continue the benefit and helpfulness of the In The Spotlight seminar. 

The information and experience that I gained in the seminar has changed my outlook and feelings toward speaking in front of groups. I highly recommend attending if you are tired of letting this anxiety control you.” ~ Kevin P.

“Your leadership and feedback were very helpful in creating a positive experience for everyone involved and your personality and story were a key piece of the puzzle that helped the group come together. You were a great presence for the whole group and always very encouraging. Usually we see people that want us to present as the enemy but you were able to become one of us while also pushing us to be better. 

Thanks so much for your help during the workshop…every day takes work, but I am definitely staying more positive within myself. Thank you!”  ~ Mike D.

Great workshop! Glad I took the workshop. It was a life changer. I learned a number of skills to help me get over my public speaking fear. Marla did a great job facilitating the workshop. Great pace to the class and she gave informative feedback. Very professional and she knows her stuff. I would recommend it to anyone who struggles with stage fright. ~ Scott T.  


A Personal Note from Janet

I am excited to announce that Marla Genova will be officially leading the January 2018 workshop solo, and all future workshops solo. Marla has been co-leading with me for several years now and is fully ready to take on the workshop now. In fact, Marla led the May workshop and it was a tremendous success! While I will not be attending future workshops, I will continue with individual coaching. Please feel free to contact me.

I met Marla at my September, 2010 Getting Over Stage Fright Workshop, and I was very impressed with Marla and her commitment to doing everything in her power to master her own fear of public speaking, as well as continuous commitment to help others who share this fear. Marla expressed strong interest and enthusiasm in collaborating with me early on and she has observed nearly all of my workshops and group coaching calls since her participation in the workshop.

While I feel some sadness in stepping down from leading the workshop, I am very excited that Marla is extremely dedicated and proficient to lead the workshop on her own. After witnessing the profound effect it has had on many people, she is fully committed to leading the workshop exactly in the way that it was designed by me. I’m hoping the workshops will go on for many more years as they have been immensely helpful to almost 900 people over the past 19 years.

Marla offers the unique combination of her own personal and professional experience facilitating social anxiety/fear of public speaking support groups for more than 10 years; holds a master’s degree in psychology and has been working in this field for nearly 20 years; is a Certified Master Coach will become a member of the International Coach Federation in 2018. This is especially helpful for the workshop’s hands-on group coaching. Read more about Marla and her professional experience.

Aside from that and her training with me, Marla clearly has the passion, dedication, motivation and competency to guide others with this challenge. Rest assured, you are definitely in good hands with Marla if you decide to take the workshop…and we hope you will!

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