Visualize PAM – Vaporize Your Fear of Speaking

Visualize PAM – Vaporize Your Fear of Speaking

Our goal is to help you get rid of your fear of speaking all together by teaching you to Visualize PAM. We want you to move ahead in your career by being a better speaker and you can’t be a better speaker if you are paralyized by fear and not fully present. If you want to eradicate your fear of public speaking and contribute to the success of your career, all you need to do is visualize PAM! PAM stands for “Presentation, Audience, Mistakes.”

Visualize your PRESENTATION: Visualize everything about your presentation. What will the room look like? What will people laugh at? How will you get on stage? How will you exit? Will there be other people before and after you speaking? Think of everything you can about your presentation and visualize what it looks like. Bonus: Before you give any speech or presentation, verbalize to a peer or co-worker how the speech turned out, how great it was and how much the audience enjoyed you. For example say out loud…“Wow, they gave me a standing ovation, took so many notes and asked me questions I knew every answer to. It was brilliant!” This is a great way to calm your nerves and feel confident!

Visualize your AUDIENCE: How are they sitting? What kind of room is it? Are they older, younger or maybe a mix of ages? What do they do professionally? What are they wearing? Knowing who your audience is and what they look like will help you know how you can interact with them and what presentation they might be interested in. For example, if you are talking to several executives who you know enjoy golf, add an analogy in your speech or presentation about golf.

Visualize your MISTAKES: Imagine a cell phone going off. Think about a baby crying or the power going out. Think of all the things that can go wrong and how you would handle the situation. Visualize yourself messing up, making a mistake and how you would handle it. Think of it as a video game, you have endless lives and you can try it over and over again in your mind to get to the last level, where you win the princess and everyone is clapping (ok, maybe you don’t win the princess) but everyone really is enthusiastically clapping. Visualize everything that could go wrong and talk to yourself about how it really isn’t that bad. When you go into the meeting and the cell phone goes off, you have already played that in your mind… now you simple smile and tell the person to hold all your calls.

Visualize your mistakes and 99% of the time they won’t happen but like we talked about before, luck favors the prepared mind.

How to Be a Speaker: Visualize PAM! You will stand out, stand tall and blow your audience out of the water with how professional and personal your speaking abilities are.

Question #1: Did this acronym help you? (If so, you can share or like the article. If not, what else would help you with conquering your fear of speaking?)
Question #2: What are you afraid of most about being a speaker?
Question #3: Would you rather speak in front of 2,000 people OR 2 people? 

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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

2 Comments on "Visualize PAM – Vaporize Your Fear of Speaking"

  • Answering Question #3 – I would always prefer to speak to a larger audience (2,000? Yes please?). There’s a certain energy that comes from a larger crowd, and as a speaker/presenter, I always thrive off of that. My largest audience is 1,000 and my smallest is 1…I’ll take the thousand anyday.

  • Hey Ryan, yes, I do like the acronym and I really like your suggestions. What I most liked was visualizing mistakes. I hadn’t thought of that before, but you’re right, if one can in essence rehearse how to rebound from all the various things that happen during a presentation that can throw you off, it will greatly help you get back on track.

    Brilliant concept – really…

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