Fact & fiction about body language 2: Does it matter what you wear or where you stand?

Max Atkinson

At a briefing meeting some weeks beforehand, it seemed a wise precaution to check on whether the clothes I was wearing would contradict any of the advice she was planning to present to the audience. There are a lot of men who are so uninterested in fashion and so uncertain about what style of clothes to wear that they are prepared to pay for professional advice and reassurance. Are Lecterns and Tables Barriers to Communication?

Week 10: What to think about appearance

The Eloquent Woman

Here's my best advice on deciding on your appearance as a speaker: Cover the basics first: Whatever you wear needs to fit you, be clean and accommodate all the movements you might make as a speaker, whether you're reaching high to point at a chart or crawling under the lectern to adjust an electrical plug. Don't let that put you off, and do use color as a way to focus eyes on you. It's not just about the clothes.


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Fact & fiction about body language 1: Folded arms, defensiveness and the Mehrabian myth

Max Atkinson

A number of topics that are often grouped together under headings like ‘body language’ and ‘non-verbal communication’ have already been discussed in earlier chapters: the role of eye contact in holding the attention of audiences (Chapter 1), and the importance of intonation, stress and pausing (Chapter 2). It would have made more sense for Shakespeare to have had Mark Anthony say, “Lend me your eyes”, and for the same correction to be made to the title of this book.

Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson


Photos ( Zenfolio | Flickr ) Archives About Contact Dear Speakers By James Duncan Davidson on March 8, 2009 12:22 AM | 71 Comments Tagged: advice, speaking Last week, while shooting eComm 2009 in Burlingame, I started posting a set of thoughts on Twitter, all starting out Dear Speaker. If you dont make eye contact with your audience, you make it that much harder for them to connect to your message. Obviously, you should wear clothes that you are comfortable in on stage.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom


Keeping the audience eyes’ on you rather than their laptops benefits both you and the audience. Among other advice I might give, one thing I’ve done is to try and combat the unpredictability of cabin temperature — seems every flight is either too hot or too cold — by dressing in clothing suitable for both temperature ranges, usually something like Columbia Omni-Dry pants and a Nike Dri-Fit shirt. Make eye contact.

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