Do you get anxiety attacks come presentation time at work? Don't worry--you aren't alone. Dr. Paul Witt, assistant professor of communication studies at Texas Christian University, tells WebMD, “The idea of making a presentation in public is the no. 1 fear reported by people in the US.” Yet speaking in front of an audience plays a big role in many job descriptions. In some instances, it can even make or break your career if delivering a successful presentation will help close a deal with an important client.

But what if your brain starts turning into mush as soon as you’re tasked to speak in public (perhaps like Jinkee Pacquiao, who turned down an opportunity to guest on the Ellen Show for fear of making mistakes)? Slowly overcome your fear by becoming a more confident public speaker. Read on for five tips to get you started.

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