From the vault: A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Here it is: Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Do my clothes suit the occasion at which I'm speaking, in terms of formality, what the audience will be wearing or the event itself? Do my clothes fit me? Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face?

A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

Here it is: Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Do my clothes suit the occasion at which I'm speaking? Do my clothes fit me? Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face?

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From the vault: A checklist for the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face?

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A checklist to prepare the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face? My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time.

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. Consider your audience and think about how you want to be seen, what overall image you want to project, and then match the clothing to fit that type of presence.

a checklist to prepare the whole speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Am I wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to help me stand and move as needed? Wardrobe Are my clothes clean, pressed and mended? Will my wardrobe allow me (if needed) to do things like crawl under a table to plug in a cord or reach high to point at a chart? If I'm standing behind a lectern, have I focused attention near my face?

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

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. Side benefit: If you spill a beverage in flight, synthetic clothing always dries faster.) It might be nice to place it on the lectern in front of you.

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