7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

7 Steps to Fearless Speaking


"Lilyan Wilder has trained more broadcasters, politicians, and business executives than anybody." - Charles Osgood, Anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning.

When people say they'd rather die than address an audience, they're not kidding. Fear of public speaking has even topped death in some surveys. But now top communications consultant Lilyan Wilder offers some sound advice on how to overcome the crippling inhibition of public speaking. Her clients have included media icons Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, former President George Bush, John Sculley, and Katharine Graham. 7 Steps to Fearless Speaking will teach you how to cope with the panic, avoidance, and trauma of speaking as you give the gift of your conviction and experience your voice for the first time.

"Lilyan Wilder is the industry's undisputed grand dame of broadcast coaching." -The New York Times.

"Lilyan Wilder understands how to make the essential connection between a speaker and an audience. In this book, she tells you how to do it as she has told so well to so many famous communicators." -Charlie Rose.

"7 Steps to Fearless Speaking has helped me to speak with persuasion and conviction.... Follow Wilder's sage counsel, and you'll find your public speaking much improved and more rewarding." -Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO, Bell Atlantic.

"Lilyan Wilder is simply the best. I continue to use many of her exercises on a daily basis. They're wonderful." -Dr. Bob Arnot, Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC News.

"Lilyan Wilder is simply awesome, personally and professionally." -Maria Shriver, Correspondent, NBC News.


If you asked me what I came into
this world to do, I will tell you: I
came to live out loud.


Fear of public speaking consistently tops every list of human fears.

In an often-cited 1993 study done by the polling firm BruskinGoldring, 45 percent of those surveyed said they feared public speaking. Thirty percent said they feared death.

In a study of 3,000 Americans published in the Book of Lists (David Wallechinsky, Little, Brown, 1995), the number one fear cited by 41 percent of those studied was speaking to an audience.

And a similar study by A. Ronald Seifert of the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta indicated that “40 million Americans hate speaking so much, they'd do almost anything to avoid it, and perhaps as many as 40 million who speak all the time feel anxious and do not want to give a talk!”

If you are one of those millions who have been plagued all their lives by fear of public speaking … if you feel that fear has impeded your career and diminished your life … this book can help you.

The Seven Steps to Fearless Speaking explained in these pages are the culmination of more than 30 years of teaching the art of communication—at the New School for Social Research in New York City, at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges, in private sessions in my studio, and in corporate conference rooms all over America.

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