The ingredient that is potentially the easiest to “fix”, yet often overlooked is image. Now before you think “this is a girlie thing” wait a minute…
When you’re speaking, no matter what the topic or the goal, you need to look the part. Why? Because (rightly or wrongly) people judge you on what you look like, way before you’ve even opened your mouth to give your well practised and rehearsed presentation!
We’ve spoken about body language previously, so what else is there? Think about the way that you look, the style, the neatness, and the put-togetherness. If you don’t know what styles suit you then go to an expert as you would for any other part of your professional career – ask someone who knows! There are even experts in colour analysis to guide you in what works with your skin tones and what messages certain colours may say.
What not to wear when giving a business presentation:
So consider what your topic is and how you want people to perceive you when you’re speaking. Wear your attire options carefully. After all, a world leader doesn’t walk into a room in casual wear, and neither should you. That said, Steve Jobs would walk into a room in a turtleneck and jeans, so if your company fits with that attitude, your choice of outfit might be different to the standard executive wear.
If you would like to learn how to master these and other business presentation skills then take a look at our professional presentation skills training courses or contact us today. We work with comapanies and individuals that want to see fast results and a step change in either their own or their teams presentations skills.
Think about the speakers you admire, and you’ll notice that they share a common trait: they have all mastered how to use effective pauses. The humble pause is often overlooked, but it really shouldn’t be …
The presentation is your chance to shine. You are away from the constraints of just answering questions.
“What’s your X-Factor?”
Treat it as your opportunity to show others what makes you unique.
Recently we ran an event for the 40 members of the global sales team of a multi-national, working with them to ‘Tame their Public Speaking Monkeys’ and help them increase their confidence when presenting.