President John F. Kennedy is to have said, "The only reason to give a speech is to change the world."
Easy for him to say. Still, if you have a group of people gathered to listen to you, you have an incredible opportunity to change the world in some small way, to share your expertise, to encourage or inspire those who are listening. So what do you wear when changing the world?
Answer: It depends. 😉 You want to be comfortable. You want to look good. You want to look like YOU.
Things to think about:
– What is your signature style?
You have one whether or not you recognize it. If you want to upgrade your look, there are plenty of professional stylists who can help you. To get a grip on what your look actually is, think about what you would select if you could choose a personal uniform to wear every day?
What are your favorite colors?
What kind of dressing appeals to you?
What silouette looks good on you? If you’re not sure, get expert help asap. In Charleston you can count on Mackenzie Image Consulting or Charleston Style Conscierge. In Atlanta, I am a fan of Edit by Lauren.
True confession: For my most recent professional photo, I wore a cocktail dress. I would totally wear that to make a presentation in, even during the day, even though it’s not normal daywear. That dress is comfortable, looks good on me and looks like me. Jackpot!
The next thing to consider is this…..how can you magnify your look?
If you’re speaking or performing in front of a large audience, you’re probably going to wear a lot of make up. (Or some, if you’re a man.) In other words, you’re going to dress for the stage, which is not what you would normally wear to Publix.
Use the same idea when presenting even to a small group. Show that you care by dressing it up, or dressing more boldly than you normally do.
Some ideas you can try:
– Always wear something in your favorite color.
– Like preppy? Wear a bow tie.
– Like French chic? Wear wild cufflinks on your French-cuffed shirt.
– Normally wear glasses? Wear your glasses.
– Love dressing up? Dress up.
– Love the beach look? Wear your shorts and flip flops, if that’s authentic for you.
– Love Speedo’s? Wear them only to the pool. 😉
The normal advice for being well dressed is understatement. The best advice for dressing for a presentation is be creative about the way you dress. Making a presentation is a SPECIAL occasion. Dress for it!
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