Hello, First, I did not find anywhere else on the internet to talk about my problem, so I hope this discussion is not off-topic here. I want to start a PhD in physics soon but I have a phobia of public speaking. Even before being enrolled I am asked to make presentations (like giving an oral presentation on my master thesis) during interviews. I would like to know if I can be honest about that with my potential supervisors and tell them that I am not really able to do this. Or would that make me automatically lose the job? Sometimes in the less stressing situations I can overcome the problem by taking (medical) drugs at high doses but I still don't make good presentations, my skills are poor of course since they have never been trained. The problem is that it is not something that I can cure in a few days, weeks or even months, even by working hard on it. And I would not like to delay my career by months or even years. What do you think the best solution(s) could be for someone in my situation? Best regards.