Stacey Marshall: Who Was That Goggled Man?

Dec 19, 2013 by

cc-bookAn Interview with Stacey Marshall: Who Was That Goggled Man?

Michael F. Shaughnessy

  1. Stacey, you have just written a book about overcoming fear. Where did you get this idea from?

As a public speaking coach, I see countless people with stage fright, similar to what Captain Courage experienced (and conquered!).  Stage fright has always topped lists as being one of the most significant fears for children (and grown-ups), and the good news is that I’ve had so many people learn to temper their stage fright and speak up with confidence, using the tips that Captain Courage teaches.

  1. Generally, kids in schools go to the counselor to talk about their anxieties and concerns. Why a principal in your book?

Kids have many caring professionals at school –a veritable “village” of educators who can help. Certainly, superhero principal Captain Courage would refer to the school counselor if warranted! 

  1. Stacey- I know that you are an SLP- (Speech Language Pathologist). Have you ever worked with kids who have a fear of speaking in public?

Public speaking is a fear of most individuals I’ve seen, especially ones who have speech and language disorders such as: problems with articulation, stuttering, or voice. Having a pathology typically exacerbates the fear of speaking in public.

  1. Just recently, I just saw my good friend Paul McCartney on t.v. (okay, he is not really a good friend). But he recounted a dream he had of the people in the audience getting up to leave as he was playing with the Beatles.  The commentator asked him if that had ever happened and he simply replied “No“.  But have kids told you of their dreams and fears?

I have a top 10 list that I update during each of my book events in which kids tell me their biggest fears. Speaking and performing in public is always one of them, as well as fear of the dark, thunder, strangers, monsters, dentists, roller coasters—the list goes on. To many kids, the world is full of threats—real and imaginary. I love to write about people overcoming fears, because it can inspire kids that they, too, can get over their fears.

  1. You provide some tips and guidance in the book. Would you share some of them with us?

One of my favorite tips is a scientifically proven strategy that if one “looks brave, one will feel brave.” In other words, simply standing tall with shoulders back, chin up, with a smile on one’s face can translate into feeling more confident.

  1. Your book is wonderfully illustrated. Who did the pictures?

Michelle Morse is my illustrator. She and I worked closely to conceptualize how the illustrations would look. I remember during our first conversation, she asked me what I envisioned Captain Courage to look like and I told her, without hesitation, that I envisioned him as Indiana Jones with goggles and a red cape!

  1. Stacey, the schools are supposed to be helping kids with “ transitions“ from grade to grade. What would be very helpful in your mind in this regard?

I believe that working on formal and informal public speaking skills will help kids as they transition from grade to grade. Simple strategies about how to introduce yourself (e.g., to new teachers, new friends), conversation strategies, and nonverbal communication strategies (look brave=feel brave in new situations) will help kids immeasurably. Every child is going to have to speak in a variety of situations eventually, and acquiring some basic skills early on can bolster confidence when speaking now and as they graduate to each grade level.

  1. Where can parents, principals and pals get a copy of the book?

The book is available on amazon.com, barnes and noble.com and select retailers throughout the U.S.

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