If you are asked to give a presentation for your organization, does it make you quake with fear, turn bright red, or get the worst case of dry mouth? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Chapman University does an annual survey of America’s top fears, and public speaking made the top third of the fears of those surveyed. (In case you’re wondering, terrorism and other modern day threats have moved ahead of the age old fear of public speaking).

The great news, though, is that this fear is something you can overcome, while giving a presentation is something that, dare I say it, you can learn to enjoy! One of the biggest reasons people develop a fear of public speaking is because they’re afraid of forgetting what to say. We’ll see how you take cues from the art of improvisation to help with this issue.

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