It’s not often as a presenter that you begin your presentation wrapped up in a warm sleeping bag. But that’s exactly what happened when Lt. Colonel Charles Wylie gave a presentation in his local Surrey village hall. A bizarre choice of presentation dress code if ever there was. So we are asking whether there really is a dress code for presenters.
In a dramatic scene, relived in his Daily Telegraph obituary, the former organising secretary of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition began his presentation whilst lying in his sleeping bag. An innovative and dramatic start.
The response of his audience to his presentation skills and sartorial elegance goes unreported. However, such a dramatic introduction must surely have captured their attention for the rest of the talk.
A dress code for presenters might never be as extreme as Lt. Colonel Wylie’s sleeping bag but nonetheless, what you wear goes a long way in shaping other’s opinions of you.
Not wanting to be over particular in our promotion of the right attire for the conference stage we will however, steer you in the direction of that old classic, “John T. Molloy’s New Dress for Success” by John Molloy and his somewhat newer, “New Women’s Dress for Success.” Both books have their critics but are probably worth a dip for some of the points that they offer.
You can learn even more skills tips and techniques on a PresentPerfectTM training course.
Whatever dress code you adopt, aim to remember the basics.
Here are 4 top tips to help you pick the right dress code for presenters.
The weekly German magazine, Der Spiegel, laments the often poor quality presentation and public speaking skills of the typical German business leader.
Whether they are presenting at an Annual General Meeting (AGM), a financial review or during a dinner their skills are supposed to be lamentable.
Der Spiegel notes their apparent reliance on the slide show technique, their choice of jargon and buzz words. More positively, however, the report does single out special mention of the Anglo-Saxon culture of encouraging and coaching speaking excellence in universities and the training room. Now that has to be progress. You can find out more about how to eliminate certain words from your presentation with a presentation course at one of more than 40 training venues.
“Over 40% of the power of a speech comes from the speaker’s voice alone.”
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