We live in a society that assesses people based on looks and dressing. Consequently, if you are preparing to give a speech in public, it is essential to focus on your personal appearance. Mick Fabar, an Australian businessman and a motivational public speaker says that you should dress for public speaking the way you would like the audience to perceive you. Always strive to look presentable through good grooming, hygiene and have an overall tidy appearance.
Dressing plays an essential role in public speaking, and the way you dress speaks volume about your personality and confidence. A public speaker needs to dress as per the occasion, time and season. You may be an excellent speaker, have prepared an excellent speech, but if you are improperly dressed, no one would be interested in what you have to say and if at all they do, they would forget you as well as your speech the moment you leave the place.
Dress smartly and do not wear something you are not comfortable in. Select suitable clothes and accessories to go with them. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what you would wear when you have to speak in public. The coordinated look is essential. Pay attention and be very particular about the colour of your outfit. This makes a tremendous difference in your overall look.
Appropriate dressing for men is to wear a suit and a tie. That way if the audience is casually dressed, you can take off your jacket. To be on a safer side choose dark blue suit as it works with almost all shades of skin colour. A white or lightly striped shirt is a thumb up. Similarly, women should select classic business style dressing and avoid clothes which draw attention away from the message. Females keep your makeup subtle and avoid oversized jewellery and accessories, males, avoid wearing a hat and be well groomed. For both, avoid excessive or strong-scented perfumes.
Be aware that your clothes can project a high authority image, neutral image or a low authority image. Remember to dress for your listeners and not yourself. This means taking into account the demographics of your listener, the age, level, education, industry as well as cultural expectations. A key guideline is to dress one notch higher than your audience.
Do not wear jeans and T-shirt for public speaking sessions. Such dressing works only if you are addressing a group of friends, your relatives or anyone with whom you do not share a very formal relationship. Wearing appropriate clothing makes you confident and you get a good feel factor. On the other hand, dressing casually means that you are not sincere towards the whole idea of addressing people and ultimately your audience also find it difficult to concentrate on what you have to say.
Make sure your shoes are polished and hair neatly done. This is also an important aspect of right dressing. The best way to avoid blunders in dressing is to see yourself in the mirror before stepping out for the session. In the end remember, dressing appropriately will not only make you an excellent speaker but also a favourite among your audience.