His is about the most important visual aid ever.
Let’s start with you.
So are you more of a veganish, granola, earthy person, sparkly Beyonce glam or so Southern you wear pink seersucker bow ties with green whales on them? Or do you go by what’s clean in your closet?
You now that visual support makes for a more awesome presentation but that single most important visual aid is none other than (insert drumroll)…Y.O.U. But don’t worry, people take a lot of time before making any permanent decisions on what you’re about; they take at least 2 full seconds before slamming the gavel with rulings like these:
“Hardcore wishy washy people pleaser. Should be easy to manipulate.”
“How did he get that job? Must know the right people.”
“WHY is this person here talking to me.”
“I have no idea what this person is talking about.”
“Looks like a Mixonianite to me…want to ride in his jet stream.”
Getting your Presenting Style down and it doesn’t matter that you don’t have the right connections. People want to connect with someone in touch with her personal presenting style.
Defining Your Personal Speaking Style is another authentic impact booster because it shows you and others that you’re not afraid to be yourself. It’s also a lot of fun!
1. It’s not necessarily about dressing up formally, although you do want to put thought into what you wear. Think about the speakers and/or leaders you really admire. How do they dress? What do you admire about their style? How would you dress if you had an unlimited budget?
Writing a list of speakers or celebrities you admire and what you like about their style shows you your own style.
2. It’s appropriate to exaggerate your style when presenting to a group. Think of stage make-up — it’s what helps actors look natural on stage. Your personal style is you, but when speaking you amp it up a bit so people can hear you better.
Examples of amped-up style:
– wear color, you may want to develop a signature color palette. (I’m usually wearing the colors you see on this website.)
– wear a statement signature item. With men in Charleston, this is often a bowtie. It could be designer frames for your glasses (I get mine at Warby Parker.) A signature item could be a brand of tie or color, a type of jacket, or piece of jewelry. It could be French cuffs on your shirt, a flower on your label, a golf shirt with your company’s logo. Presentation is performance. Dress according.
3. When in doubt, throw it out. If something doesn’t look and feel absolutely fabulous, give it away. If you’re losing weight, you can buy smaller clothes later. You certainly don’t need to buy a new outfit each time you have an important talk, but you don’t want to keep stuff in your closet just because, either.
4. Be comfortable. Not like you’re ready to take a nap, but like you’re ready for a fabulous adventure. )If you’re going the Zuckerberg route with a hoodie, make sure you’re confident about it with your audience.)
5. Remember it’s not about you, it’s about them. This is why you don’t make presentations in your sweat pants, unless you speak for Nike. Developing your confident style helps your audience to pay attention, to get your message and to feel more confident themselves.
6. Your speaking style is much more than what you wear. It’s how you stand, what you do with your hands, how you articulate. The best way to make your certain your speaking style is accessible to your audience is to have someone record your talk. In only 5 minutes of a recording of yourself speaking in front of a group, or even just rehearsing, you’ll get the most valuable feedback ever!
7. To get a glimpse of your best speech style, imagine yourself sharing what happened on your best vacation ever. Even the most quiet, monotone speaker will light up when talking about a highly positive experience.
What’s your signature presentation style?