Whether you’re giving a lecture for work or school, it’s critical to look presentable. While you may be blowing away the audience with your speech, you could also be scaring them off with your appearance. It’s essential to provide your audience with an air of confidence and this means looking the part. You don’t need to be dressed in a ball gown or a tuxedo to look sharp, just make sure you are wearing the essentials.
Tip #1 Dress Better than Your Audience
You want to make sure you dress just as nice as the audience or slightly better. However, don’t go overboard so you look like a fish out of water. Know who your audience is so you understand exactly what to wear. It should be obvious whether you need to wear a suit and tie or just a simple button down.
Tip #2 You Must be Able to Move
If you are going to be walking around a stage, don’t let fashion restrict your movement. Even if you’re standing in front of a podium, you’ll still be animated to capture your audience’s attention. Make sure your outfit isn’t too snug or restricting so you don’t feel uncomfortable walking around.
Tip #3 Prepare for Wardrobe Malfunctions
Always pack a second outfit in the event of a spill or stain. Accidents can occur at any time so you’ll want to make sure you have a back up plan. Don’t wear anything too tight even if it does look amazing. A button could pop off at any minute or there could be a rip in the seam.
Tip #4 Avoid Noisy Clothing
You want to captivate your audience but you won’t be able to do that when your words are overshadowed by noisy jewelry. Avoid wearing several necklaces, bangles or rings if you’re a finger tapper.
Tip #5 No Wrinkles or Stains Please
Regardless of your attire, be sure your outfit is pressed and clean. A T-shirt and jeans can look sharp or slopping depending on the condition of the garments.
Tip #6 Show your Personality
You don't have to dress counter to your personality to be appropriate. Your audience has come to see you speak. The real you. Wear something you actually like. It will help you feel comfortable and confiedent in front of any crowd.
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