Physical Delivery for Good Presentations : Good Presentations: Attire

Physical Delivery for Good Presentations : Good Presentations: Attire


What to wear when making presentations. There
is a school of thought that says the better you look the more impressed audiences will
be with you. The better your jewelry, the more successful you will look, the more credible
you will therefore be. I think in sales situations that might be the case. The problem with that
is what are you looking at right now? Are you looking at me or are you looking at my
jewelry? Are you listening to my message, or are you wondering if these are fakes? They
are. They’re also big and heavy and I’m about to take them off. This is not about jewelry,
necessarily, but about what to wear during presentations. The guideline is you want to
look a notch dressier than your audience. You want to look like your audience, but like,
you care enough about your presentation to make sure you’re especially spit and polish
relative to them. I’ve seen people in extremely expensive suits and had a very hard time taking
my eyes off of those perfectly fitted silk suits, bright red suits, starched collars.
All of those clothes ended up, as lovely as they were, being a detraction as opposed to
enhancement to the presentation. The other side of the question what to wear is, it’s
got to be comfortable. I honestly don’t love the shoes that I’m wearing today, but they
could not be more comfortable and they look just fine for the purpose of this presentation.
So, question what to wear? Whatever makes you feel comfortable, doesn’t distract the
audience away from your message, and is about a half a notch dressier than what your audience
would wear.

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