How should I dress when I deliver a presentation?
You should dress for the audience. Dress for the role that you are playing as the presenter. You don’t want the audience to notice or fixate on what you are wearing. Your clothing and jewelry should simply accent your appearance. It shouldn’t detract from your message.
For example, if you are speaking as an accountant, you should look like an accountant. If you are an app programmer, look like an app programmer. If you are a doctor, look like a doctor.
Each type of expert would probably dress differently because we need to see them in a particular uniform to have confidence in them. The audience first checks out what you are wearing and if it fits the role they pay attention to you. If they think the dress isn’t appropriate then they fixate on your dress instead of listening to your presentation. They keep thinking, “The speaker doesn’t even know how to dress”.
Another guideline to follow is to dress to the level of the best dressed person in the audience and perhaps just a bit better. It is generally better to error by dressing a little too conservative instead of erring on the side of too casual.
When the rapper, Eminem appeared in court on assault charges, he dressed in a suit and tie.
What you wear affects how the audience perceives you.George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com